Audient iD22 by chinesewhiteman
I want to start by pointing out that the iD22 has been somewhat ambiguously categorized. It seems to be passed as a monitor controller, which though the monitor function is great and my favorite thing about this interface, it's not really a monitor controller. It also is passed as a converter, which it of coarse does do, BECAUSE IT'S AN AUDIO INTERFACE!!! Maybe it helps Audient set their product apart? Maybe it's not their fault? IDK, but it's a little annoying. Anyhoo...
I'll get to the nitty gritty…
My 10 scale:
built quality - 10
AD/DA - 9
preamps - 9
monitor control & software - 10
aesthetics - 10
overall - 9.5
Bottom line, this is a killer interface. With its IO, function and all around quality, it's at the top of its class. It has performed perfectly for me, doing everything it's supposed to without a single failure on OSX 10.7/Logic 9. The monitor control on this unit is stellar, with adjustable dim and cut buttons, and three assignable "function" buttons that do everything you need. Also, the software is very flexible and at the same time very simple! I say "it's not a (dedicated) monitor controller" because it is dependent on the software AND there are no inputs on the unit that route directly to the mains. Other gripes...some have complained that the DI and HP jacks are in back, not front…
Other plusses: sturdy, small but not to small (no breakout cables), no toggling, balanced ANALOG inserts (on both pre's), pre's truly bypass-able, stand alone preamp functionality, it looks sexy (hardware & software).
I'd give this product a perfect score "at it's price point." Plus, I also just couldn't give it a perfect score because 1) that just doesn't sound realistic and 2) I had to bring it down a notch for it's categorizational ambiguity.