> You probably won't notice an awful lot of difference in quality unless you > have very revealing monitoring system. > _HOWEVER_ > The latency you can get with the 2496 should be a lot lower than with the > Live! Latency is definitely a big issue for me ... I don't have a particularly revealing montioring system (Alesis Montior 1's with a Samson Servo 120) but also I wonder whether I might notice an improvement in the quality of softsynths, and effects plug-ins generally - shouldn't they be able to function at a higher resolution? Shouldn't I be able to render the *.wavs at a higher resolution? Or when we talk about sound quality (insofar as the soundcard is concerned), are we really only talking about recording external stuff, and the A/D conversion (and therefore stuff that starts and stays digital would not be tangibly improved). > Bare in mind that the 2496 has no on-board MIDI synth. That isn't an issue > for me, but it might be for some people. You _might_ be able to keep the > Live! in there as well (although I have heard of people having problems > getting both the Live! and the 2496 to play nice in the same system). This shouldn't affect my MIDI controller, though, should it? I haven't been using MIDI-proper, or soundfonts or anything like that - just my knob box, and my shiny new Oxygen-8 (which is USB anyways, so it should be okay .. i think?!) Hmmm .. Thanks for the breakdown, it was a big help.. Take care ..