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Mackie 800r converters
Old 7th September 2007
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Mackie 800r converters

Has anyone A/B-ed the converters in the Mackie 800r with anything of higher quality? I've compared the preamps, but I wonder to what degree the converters would change the sound if I use better preamps. I haven't found much info about the converters in the Mackie.

Thanks, Dave
Old 7th September 2007
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The converters are the same chips used in Apogee stuff - however, how they assemble them, the opamps, power supply etc. etc. have alot to do with the quality of conversion. I would not say the conversion is as good as top shelf stuff, but is better than most - up there with Fireface quality.

The preamps are very nice and the unit is worth every penny just for the pres alone. Maybe not the pre one might use on lead vox, but I have used them to great effect on lead guitars.

Anyway, the converters are excellent by and large. You would have to go up by alot of money to get big improvements in that area. YMMV
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