ALL IN THE IMAGING
my 192 and XMON had operated flawlessly for seven years. when the XMON finally winked out i decided to also replaced my 192 with an HD I/O as a preventative move. my main concern in making the changeover was getting tangled in all the sometimes esoteric in/out settings, something i handn't had to touch since the initial configuration. of course, the new unit slipped in seamlessly and all was well, immediately. but what really improved was the imaging. compared with the 192 it's like a few asymmetrical layers of gauze were peeled away to reveal an infinitely more concise soundstage, making mixing a real pleasure. sensitivity to small moves in eq and dynamics were also suddenly and profoundly more intelligible. the HD I/O also runs cooler and quieter than the 192. how the it compares to other brands i can't say, but in terms of AVID's progress since the awkwardly pronounced DIGIDESIGN days, feel free upgrade with confidence.