Topic: UFX replacement ideas
My old FF UFX stopped working. While I wait for the repair estimate, I am researching more modern replacement options. Obviously, UFX II is an option, but maybe I am overlooking other solutions from RME. I want to stay with RME products.
My use is for playback only in a home environment. I use the UFX as a sound card in a windows pc as follows:
External source > usb > Usb-to-AES converter > AES/EBU digital input to UFX > USB connection to windows 10 PC > ASIO to "Acourate" software Digital Room Correction and crossover (Convolver) > D/A conversion by UFX > balanced output to 2 stereo subs + 2 main speakers.
In my setup, I also use the UFX microphone preamp to make measurements needed for digital room correction.
In playback, the UFX is working as a mixer, D/A converter and a preamp for 4 channel analog output. I also use one of the headphone analog outputs to drive a stereo amp and speakers in a secondary room.
Budget - the replacement UFX II is sold for CAD$3100 in Canada + 13% tax. My budget for an alternative solution is up to CAD$6000 if there is a useful increment in sound reproduction and/or convenience.