« on: October 11, 2009, 02:00:38 pm »
duojet, that's an extremely interesting unit and $599 doesn't sound too pricey. I just wish they'd released it in rack form. It looks like it would have been very simple to move the display and controls from the top to the front. Stretching it out to 19" would leave enough room for an internal transformer as well, allowing you to ditch the wall wart. It's also odd that they chose to use mini plugs for the mix-in and headphone connections.
I'm guessing they were going for an ultra small, portable form factor here, to appeal to the ipod generation and intended for it to reside in studio environments only. It's a shame because with only a few design tweaks it could appeal to the live performance crowd as well.
I'm all for small rigs, but when you factor in the AC adaptor, the merge brick, any wireless transmitters, your DI box (no way that thing is balanced) and power strips/conditioners -- you wind up with a pile of oddly shaped items and many fragile connections. I deal with this when I use my TD-20 for a sound source. It's part of the reason I usually leave that setup at home and still try to use my Alesis or E-Mu units whenever possible, compromising some sonic realism for ergonomics and stability.
Alas, I still haven't found my personal holy grail. The Receptor comes closest, but is still way too expensive imho.