New interface shopping: M2 vs. iD4 MKII

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  1. Dimentagon

    Dimentagon Platinum Record

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    I got 2 x id14's fantastic interfaces Highly recommended. I'm running my Apogee ensemble via light pipe into one and it works perfectly. The onboard Pres are awesome, the Headphone amp is fantastic and I absolutely love the control panel mixer with zero-latency monitoring off the input.. The Di in is fantastic for instruments..Rock-solid drivers!!. can't recommend it more highly
     
  2. Mr Happy

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    Go for the Audient and treat your headphones to a proper headphone amp. Most integrated headphone amps on audio interfaces are not ideal for headphones with those sort of ohms.
     
  3. BEAT16

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    Hello @marblesoda, please read it:
    Audient Headphone Amplifiers & Safe SPL Levels
    https://support.audient.com/hc/en-us/articles/205565985-Audient-Headphone-Amplifiers-Safe-SPL-Levels
     
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  4. quadcore64

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    In late 2021. I would highly recommend the Audient iD4 II over the Zoom UAC-2 (iD4 up to 600 ohm headphones - UAC-2 32 ohm). Under that I would recommend the Steingberg UR22c (up to 150 ohm headphones). All three are true USB3 devices.
     
  5. reaktor

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    i have M2 :wink:
     
  6. mrichi

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    One I would recommend for the next pricing level.
     
  7. poly

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    But USB3 is in most cases useless, see the new RME Fireface UCX II interface.
    Still USB2 with 40 in/outs in full bandwidth data transfer!
     
  8. Pipotron3000

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    Same with MIDI : they kept USB 1.1 for a LONG time
    Because USB2+ was USELESS for MIDI bandwidth

    But ppl speak about USB without even knowing the word "bandwidth" ...
     
  9. Dimentagon

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    Not as useless as that comment :rofl: Although you're correct USB2 is great and I ditched all my firewire interfaces (I use my Apogee Ensemble in standalone mode into the Audient ID14 via optical); most manufacturers have moved onto the 3 or C standard.
     
  10. Kluster

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    Still loving my Zoom UAC-2 USB 3 interface.
    Updated the driver and system software today.
    Sounds better than ever with my new guitars and amp sims :)
     
  11. poly

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    Ah cewl, don't know that USB3 makes audio sounds better! :bleh:
     
  12. secretworld

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    I love my Babyface pro FS. Has 2 headphones amps. Hi and low impedance.
     
  13. fiction

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    Nice choice of options here :wink:
    I just wouldn't want to have a separate headphones amp though, if an audio interface can't deliver a good one in 2021 then I'd skip it.
     
  14. Moonlight

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    Motu M2 @ macOS 11.5.1, 44.1kHz

    I love :
    • The USB-C Connector, others have fragile mini USB <--- this one !
    • The overall build quality
    • The BIG smooth Volume Knob
    • Build in phantom power
    • The display
    • The sound of the DAC (imo sounds better than my previous RME Multiface II) !
    • Helpful support
    • Its behavior when clipping or dropout, it sounds much smoother and less harsh than a RME Multiface II
    • The Phone's output work s perfectly with my Sennheiser HD650

    I like less :
    • That you have to power cycle it, if connected to a HUB to make it work after restart. (connected directly to the computer is OK)
      (I sometimes use the interface with my PC to game a lil' bit :) so i have to plug it to the pc, it would be more convenient if I could just plug all stuff to a hub ...)
      MOTU is aware of this issue and hopefully fix it some day. Maybe I should just get a USB switch :)

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  15. mrichi

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    Useless to you. For those who need steady bi-directional communication & transfer with minimal latency, USB3 (USB 3.1, Gen 1) & Thunderbolt 3/4 are very useful.

    An older Firewire interface with a good driver puts USB to shame. Especially the Firewire 800 devices.
     
  16. mrichi

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    USB is a data digital data transfer protocol. Not an audio protocol. The s determined by the A-D & D-A converters at either end along with, sample rate and the inital quality of the audio.

    There is an old saying in the audio industry. "BS in, BS out"
     
  17. quadcore64

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    Think you meant the next, lower, pricing level. Yes?
     
  18. mrichi

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    Yes...you, are correct.
     
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