Unheard of to today's standards. That is a company who cares about the community and their products
I understand why change it if it ain't broke ? If those HDSPe digital interface cards are still used by many. I see your point about the ADAT, AES or MADI with PCIe slots to be used yet everyone is still catching up. Folks tend to get stuck into wh as t works and keep using if.Also a relatively forward-thinking one.
Those HDSPe digtal interface cards are still used daily by people who know what they're doing and can have anything they want....because outside of the advantages of AVB/Dante or HDX compatibility, nothing better has come out for exactly what they do.
If you have PCIe slots and can use ADAT, AES, or MADI....everyone has had ~14 years to catch up...and no one really has.
Some of those people working on Macs spend as much or more than the computer costs just for external PCIe slots to run those cards. Heck, RME had M1 drivers for those cards relatively quickly, and there are still no M1 Macs with native PCIe slots.
Also, if you're okay with a digital volume control, the ARC USB functions as a fantastic monitor controller.
And you can get most or all of that via USB or Thunderbolt, depending on your needs.
There's a LOT going for RME. I'm kind of a fanboy. You don't need it, especially for a small home studio with just a bit of IO....but it's a very different approach from the flavor-of-the-month interfaces that most companies put out.