Terrific Bang For the Buck!
While this monitor/interface system isn't going to set the pro recording world on fire, for those of us who fiddle around for fun, it's quite hard to beat the combination of small, powered monitors and a usuable USB audio interface.
Having used another USB interface that I abhored, I was fully prepared to have this one be easily clogged with data. I am using an HP dv2000 laptop (dual processor and 2 gig of RAM), with the latest version of ASIO4ALL installed. I recorded my test into Audacity.
When the 320's arrived, I promptly set them up in place, and proceeded to hook up my Soundcraft Compact 4 mixer (with two open mics and a CD player running through it), MC-909 and an MP3 player. Even with that cacophony blaring through the speakers, I had no audible lag, nor did it hang up on me - the 320's performed like a champ! Honestly, I will probably never put that much signal through the system again, as what I do is pretty minimal, but it was a good way to find out what it could handle.
I must admit to having been a combination of both skeptical and hopeful when I first saw these on Sweetwater's site. When I watched the demos Alesis posted, I was even more so. However, after testing them like I did, I am sold! For a small, integrated system, these are great and I have no qualms in recommending them to others in similar situations.
Thank you, Alesis, Sweetwater, and my rep Jeff for a terrific product!