Compared to a number of similar interfaces available in the marketplace today, this unit offers high quality pre-amps with or without phantom power for microphones, XLR and 1/4"pin microphone input, a regular audio or high Z input for guitars, MIDI in and out, lift, digital inputs, monitor out x 4, etc. and operated under USB. Portable, lightweight, sturdy design, high quality build.
XLR preamps are good, though the 2nd input tends to be noisy in high-Z mode. The only problem with this interface is that it can either record or play in 96-KHz mode, not both, and the mode has to be chosen with a switch in the back. Otherwise it's one of the best values for money, as it has MIDI, two phantomed combo preamps/line inputs (one with a high-Z option for guitars, which DOES work with "hot" 16K/18K guitar pickups) and TRS/RCA/optical S/PDIF I/O, all balanced/unbalanced in the analogue I/O case. There's even a very nice analogue limiter/compressor (it can work either way, mode set by switch).