I have iMac and I am looking to buy some cheap 5.1 or 7.1 external audio card and set of speakers for my home. I don't need anything hi-level because most of my work I do in studio. alt text
(source: m-audio.com)

So far I only find M-Audio ProFire 610, that suit my needs. Does anybody have any suggestion?

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You could also check the MOTU stuff...(I've had 828's since v1) as well as the Presonus stuff.

  • I'm another 828 user and while some models in some years the quality control has been spotty, when you get a good one, they're great. I had an 828mkII for six years with no tears. Dec 4, 2010 at 23:14
  • My MKII went a little wonky, but both the MKI and MKIII have been flawless. My mentor/boss has used an Ultralite for a few years without issues until he had it modded. But I have read about some folks having QC issues. I may have just been lucky. Then again, a friend of mine went through three Firestations before he got a working one...
    – Sonsey
    Dec 5, 2010 at 0:16
  • MKIII was a consideration for me but I really need more than 2 XLRs in. I think I'm going for the Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 as it has the 8 XLRs and can have 7.1 out, have a look at that one too. It doesn't do 192kHz which is a downside (if you wanted that) but I have no equipment capable of recording that high anyway. Dec 5, 2010 at 0:29

i have a presonus audiobox usb and it's great! great neutrok preamp, no latency, good building quality and very low price


I love RME gear. I've had 3 over the years. Not a second of trouble. Set and forget (which is what I want from an interface).

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