Seemingly a bulletproof choice for StudioLive 16.4.3 AI and Win 7 x64
I bought this FW800 interface after lots of research and ringing of hands over the cost two things stood out:
1. I could get a seemingly decent FW800 card for 1/3rd the price of the Sonnett elsewhere.
2. Buying other cards for this application is a crapshoot.
So I wavered and worried for about a week over it. I came to two conclusions:
1. I've spent way too much time dinking around with alternatives when the clear choice is in front of me.
2. If I calculate my free time as 'time and a half' at work' which is logical because I work a 40 hour week, my free time spent at work woukd be time and a half. Using that scenario, one snag in my install and configuration of a cheaper card would eat up whatever I might have saved very quickly. On that basis it was a value I could live with.
Result: effortless install and config, took me all of 10 minutes from power down to power up to complete. Almost as important as a hassle free installation, I've got a 2 year warranty and the best service in the game of audio tech business. I dont know how you can get anymore bulletproof with a computer add-on than that!