Hey cats, I've done a BUNCH of reading and research on this, and am finally wrapping my head around the whole A/D - D/A conversion mystery that seemed so complex just months ago. I primarily do overdub work, and production for songwriters and am getting ready to make some upgrades to my project studio. I've determined the 002's converters/clock are just not cutting it for me, as many have stated here at TGP. I have a couple specific questions for anyone with experience on this... My question on conversion is...being that I'm only recording (at most) 2 tracks at a time with say a double-mic'd acoustic or electric guitar, after a bunch of reading I've determined that a 2-channel A/D - D/A is all I need. I'm currently looking at the RME ADI-2 which seems to get good feedback, I also like the fact that I can run my master output from pro-tools via SPDIF into the RME and monitor off it's outputs which should improve things a bit. Anyone using the ADI-2 with a 002? Can you use the RME's master output knob to control level of your monitors output? I also assume I can clock externally to the RME which would be an improvement overall? Also looking at Apogee Mini-me/Mini DAC combo, which even used will cost considerably more, but I've read that the conversion quality of these unit's is above that of the RME. Anyone who can chime in on experience with these units? How much of an improvement is the Apogee over the RME? I guess the only other high-end option would be a Rosetta 200 which is more expensive than both of the other two, but seems to get no mixed opinions whatsoever. BTW - I'm also in the market to upgrade pre's....looking at FMR RNP or a Golden Age Pre 73 (or 2) for my front end, and possibly an FMR RNC to play around with up-front and possibly outboard on a mix bus just to add some outboard punch. Used RME ADI-2, (2) Golden Age Pre's/or RNP would cost me roughly $1200 which is not that much in the scope of things. Wondering if this would be a significant improvement over my stock 002 converters/clock? Thanks so much!