Amir has measured some very good and very clean sounding, rock solid gear from RME, Lynx, and MOTU but he is biased and self-righteous so he doesn’t recommend them. He has a messiah complex so he recommends Chinese crap and Behringer so he can be seen as the savior of the deaf and broke like Ethan Whiner 2.0. He “bungles” measurements and tests like Whiner to fit his agenda. I’ll post comparative measurements I stumbled upon from a polish site below. Yes, the Behringers all actually sound like dull, muddy, nasty shit and the “Midas designed” mic pres suck. The UMC interfaces and everything else Behringer is that bad and worse than any name brand but Amir says “Recommended!” @purr1n Chifi seems to uses muntzed evaluation boards with random lofi sound dialed in that the designer thinks internet noobs will eat up. Everything they make with a chip (converter, chip amp, you name it) sounds worse than the evaluation boards for the most part, which have higher bom and use legitimate parts. The small scale Chinese audio can’t afford those parts or even get them legitimately in the small amounts they need for the small audiophile and pro audio markets. I’ve heard some of the TI eval boards and they’re Way cleaner than any Chinesium box. They will only measure that well with fixed noise and Amir sometimes hides very high distortion. Which is why we haven’t heard anything Chinese made approach the clarity of western brands. Turn up the pres on the Chinesium and they really shit the bed. The da will usually just be lofi and hazy; the adc and mic pres will be horrific sounding. @Serious You’re not going to hear it 20-30 dB down. Headphone bass is distorted anyway. You don’t have a fairly neutral room, low background noise, and fairy neutral class ab driven detailed monitors. Even then Hearing something while soloed on small woofer nearfields or badass monitorish three ways (think small mid woofers or atc domes. Most other domes are heavy and not particularly great at projecting detail and dynamics. Including even the ones used in the Neumann 310. those are very detailed but soft. No class d allowed unless you’re getting like 1000w per channel/500w min on a woofer to avoid rising distortion. None of the modules can really push their advertised wattage cleanly so you need about double the power of a class ab amp and a way beefier than you’d think regulated smps for current) doesn’t mean it matters at all. People just won’t hear it and won’t care if the music is good enough and they can tell whats going on. Anything digital gear better than a Redbook audio is pretty good and anything with -100 dB noise floors is excellent. Amir lies about how he gets his specs, which are off from the other sites (mostly non english) measuring gear consistently. Click bleed into electric guitars won’t be audible under a haze of noise and distortion. Tape, preamp, or adc noise floors might peak through but aren’t a big deal once the music starts playing. Electric guitars are super heavy distortion. You’re not going to pick out a fly from a string section even on atc scm 50 in a perfect room. Modern Pop music has distorted bass lines to make them sound more solid and punchy than they really are so they can fake bass extension to slam the master with a limiter and have it come out cleaner. You’ll hear that on ATCs, you’ll even hear it on Yamahas.