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Quality

It sounds and looks great, but the quality control could be improved. The switch at the back for setting the sync mode was stuck, and needed prying free before it would move freely. It's a perfect match next to the FCA1616, but it's a shame it's not supplied with a set of rack screws. At the great price, it's only a mild inconvenience though.

Remember to set the gains to the middle when connecting line sources! We were a tad confused when setting it up as the signal lights didn't come on with the gain set to zero, because they're wired post amplification, rather than before. Since the phantom power switch on the front is so large, easily pressed, and applies to all inputs, a toggle switch at the back to disable it to prevent inadvertent equipment damage would be good.