May I suggest a new product to RME?
I'd love to have something that is sonically on par (GREAT sounding) with the Apogee Symphony I/O, not harsh/sterile/cold..indeed GREAT sounding, that is modular in the AD and the DA section as well, with the driver stability that RME is known for.. hopefully all in one box.. max 3 RU maybe?
DB25 I/O and 8 channels of premium converters ad or da cards only (no preamps) to fit into the slots.. sort of like other companies like Burl, IZ or DAD have. Would be great to be able to fit 16AD and at least 32DA in the same box.. without having to buy 2 boxes (with added expense for no reason, like the IZ).
Interfacing the computer with DANTE or MADI (maybe even Ravenna) and maybe even a USB port (like in the Symphony I/O with limited channels of course).
So that the guy wanting a top notch conversion (without preamps) 8 channels AD/DA is buying just what he needs, and who's still working with an analog desk (or analog summing) will be able to have at least 32DA to go out with all in the same box.. all with the great stability rme is known for..
Just my 0.02$,
I hope I didn't offend anyone over here.. (I own a digiface and a multiface2 and SSL alphalinks, that starts to be long in the tooth)..