"Well worth it. Solid construction. Good price."
This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.
It doesn't offer any kind of sound shaping features other than A/D and D/A conversion. That said, it sounds great through both headphones and monitors.
This does everything I need. I have a small Behringer mixing board (UB1202) which has basic mic pre-amp, etc, so in combination with that, this interface does everything I need. If you are looking for built in pre-amp, midi, or digital I/O you will need to look elsewhere and pay more money. It does have a firewire passthru which would facilitate strapping on an extra peripheral. The software control panel is simple and unencumbered by additional stuff that you don't need. It lets you select your sampling frequency, and your latency, and thats it. This unit has both ASIO and regular drivers (I'm using PC). Comes with two firewire cables (for big and small), and an A/C wall wart adapter.
Ease of Use:
Very easy to install and use. Just install the software, and plug it in. The only reason I give it a 9 is that I believe that their "block diagram" on the ASIO control panel is mislabeled (it has 4 INPUTS instead of 2 INs and 2 OUTs, and it made me mistakenly think that the headphones were monitoring the input and not the output as it in fact does).
This thing is solid. It has that heavy feeling that makes you think "rugged". Very attractive metal body with a white front plate, and the obligatory blue LED (I think people are going to start getting tired of blue LED's soon). The only moving part on this unit is the headphone pot on the front. When I first twisted it, I felt a little scraping, but after that it was smooth. Not sure if it was just because it was the first time.
Never had to call them for any of their products.
For this price, you can't pass it up.
The Wow Factor:
If you have firewire on a laptop, and you are tired of dealing with crappy laptop sound system, this is a necessity. Make sure you have a pre-amp for your mic though.
As long as I have a laptop with firewire, I'd keep it. If I got one with only USB I might try their other comparable USB unit.