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Old 7th November 2007
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Originally Posted by manthe View Post
I gotta disagree. I have the MX400. I also have the UAD-1 Plate 140, IK Multimedia CSR, Altiverb 5 and Dreamver/Realverb Pro (UAD). The MX400 holds up and often exceeds all of them in quality, IMO. You have to spend a little time and tweak it. It pays off if you do.

I'm not saying that this unit sounds as good as a high-end unit, but it beats most plug-ins, to my ears....
That's kinda been my take on my 400 when using spdif I/O and it's "premium" algos. A solid though not overwhelming unit. Usable but not spectacular. Usually a little better than the good plugins. I don't like it as much when using it's converters for I/O though, they aren't so hot imo...

...I read opinions on what made the old boxes shine and most agree the old converters were an important piece of the equation. Older "good" converters tended to be things that sounded decent enough but were not un-colored. So given that I use my 400 via spdif and there are no converters involved at all, I asked myself "what would happen if I introduce coloration to the spdif return?" I'm not going to say it turns a 400 into a PCM or 480 or anything like that, but I will say it'll probably remove most, if not all urges to sell the box. I've been using the freebie Voxengo Tube Amp or ColorTone plugs on the spdif return strip and each preset gives the box/setting a bit of a new 'personality' and (imo at least) some of those presets allow this box separate itself from the plugin world by a noticable amount.