Discussion in 'PC/Mac Builders, Mods, Peripherals - New' started by madfloyd, Dec 5, 2017.
Your statement is just as subjective as your opinion, sorry.
The Forte is what I use for everyday listening on my mid 2010 MBP and I'm very pleased with it. The sound is hi fidelity, and I agree that the A-D converters are excellent as well. When I use my MBP for live recording, I use a TC Electronic Konnect Studio 48 (older and Firewire, but very high functionality and quality).
I bought a used Metric Halo ULN-2 +dsp way back in 2009. I can't say that I have a ton of experience with other interfaces but I can say that a few friends have bought Metric Halo units after hearing mine.
One very cool thing is that Metric Halo does their best to "future proof" their interfaces.
The ULN-2 was their first interface and it was "upgraded" a few years back (5 yrs IIRC). Instead of making loyal customers buy a new unit, you could send yours in or do a "field upgrade" (diy) if you wanted to save the shipping and labor cost (It was about $330 for the upgrade). So, I bought the unit for $800 nine years ago plus the upgrade. Since then I did have to replace the wall wart after it got kinda smushed during a move.
There is another "upgrade" on the horizon but I might buy a unit with more mic pre's (btw, the pre's are as good sounding as a Grace 801 I have a lot of experience with).
Forgot to mention that the +dsp is a almost all of the plugins (around 100 I think) that Metric Halo makes plus building blocks so you can create your own in a graph (kind of like
Maybe the Roland mobile UA could work for your needs. It is suppose to be a high quality D/A convertor made mainly for listening, and it is bus powered with 2 headphones outs, ultra compact. Have not seen many on the second hand market though.
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