Posted this on Hardware forum. Doesn't seem all that busy over there, so Here's an OT for ya:

Hi Folks,
Hope Everyone had a Happy Holiday!

Now that I've bought an SPDIF cable and gotten the digital out on my Alesis MultiMix 16 FXD (A handy little 16 channel mixer) to record to my AudioPhile 24/96 Digi in, I need to know a little more in depth tekkie stuff:

The question is now this: Since I have the choice of Digi-Digi or analogue-analogue (the Delta Audiophile having 2/2 digi/Analogue), the determining factor seems to be quality. Is it better to use the Alesis A/D converters (the quality of which I am completely in the dark about) and send the digital signal to the Audiophile via SPDIF,


Should I send an analogue signal to the computer (which would use the audiophile to convert), with the soundcard inside the box (risk of interference)?

Thanks for any hints.