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Old 04-30-2020, 06:20 PM
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Default New PreSonus 26C versus MBox Gen 3

Since I upgraded to Windows 10 Pro/PT 2020.3 I decided to retire my MBox 3, which is quickly approaching EOL. There were also some things about it I never liked, so it's been on my mind for a while.

I researched what was around in terms of what my needs and budget were and settled on the PreSonus 26C. I use a PreSonus preamp and headphone amp, which I really like, so my assumption was that they'd play nice together.

Here's my question: How much does the interface affect the sound? I swear that I'm hearing greater clarity and detail with the PreSonus than I did with the MBox.

Is this possible? Or am I imagining it since it's new and shiny?
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Old 05-01-2020, 09:33 AM
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Default Re: New PreSonus 26C versus MBox Gen 3

Different interfaces and pre-amps have their own character and it sounds like you notice the difference with your new interface.

The 26C uses the Presonus XMAX pre-amps, which are quite good, don't add much color and have a very natural sound.

I'm glad you are enjoying your new interface. I also use Presonus interfaces and have been really happy with them.
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Default Re: New PreSonus 26C versus MBox Gen 3

Thanks, junkgear.

I'm just noticing that things sound brighter and more clear.
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Thanks, junkgear.

I'm just noticing that things sound brighter and more clear.
It's not your imagination, enjoy your new gear
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Old 05-01-2020, 02:14 PM
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Thanks--loving it so far.
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