ESI U86 XT

Usb 2.0 Audio Interface

  • With 8 inputs and 6 outputs
  • Max. 24-bit/96 kHz, line, instrument and microphone input
  • Mic preamp with +48 V phantom power
  • Adjustable headphone output
  • USB powered; powered by USB
  • Line input with RCA connector
  • Line output with balanced 6.3 mm jack connectors
  • Headphone output 6.3 mm jack connector
  • A/D converter with 107 dB (a) dynamics range
  • D/A converter with 112 dB (a) dynamics range
  • Input and output monitor can be controlled via the front panel
  • Supports Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, and Windows 10 with ASIO 2.0, MME, WDM, and DirectSound, including DirectWIRE support
  • Supports Mac OS X (10.7 and higher) via the native CoreAudio USB audio driver from Apple (no driver installation necessary, Mac Control Panel available)
  • Dimensions: 310 x 145 x 45 mm
  • Incl. Bitwig 8-Track digital Audioworkstation software license

Further Information

Recording / Playback Channels 8x6
Number of Mic Inputs 2
Number of Line Inputs 8
Number of Instrument Inputs 2
Number of Line Outs 6
Headphone Outs 1
Phantom power Yes
Number of S/PDIF Connectors 1
Number of ADAT Connectors 0
Numer of AES/EBU Connectors 0
Number of MADI Connectors 0
Ethernet 0
Other Connectors No
MIDI interface Yes
Word Clock No
Max. sample rate (kHz) 96 kHz
Max. resolution in bit 24 bit
USB Bus-Powered No
Incl. power supply Yes
USB Version 2.0
Width in mm 310 mm
Depth in mm 145 mm
Height in mm 45 mm
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Excellent quality, excellent sound - recommended!
neilcm, 21.05.2020
This is a really good unit. I got this to replace a Steinberg UR44. The sound quality on this is better (more headroom). The latency is much, much better (I don't need to use the direct monitoring on this, but it is there if you need it). The routing options are much better than the steinberg - so, much easier to route from DAW to external hardware FX. It is very solidly built. I assume the other input options (fewer or more inputs/outputs) will be of the same quality. The only thing I would add would be a second headphone out (which the steinberg had), and the Steinberg mixing interface had more options than the ESI one - though,99% of the time the routing, mixing, etc will be done in your DAW, so not an issue.
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Fantastische Leistung bei kleinem Preis
kekskiller, 11.05.2020
Nach längerer Suche nach einem Nachfolger für mein mittlerweile schwächelndes Zoom UAC-2 in meinem Home Studio bin ich mit diesem Interface fündig geworden. Ich wollte stabile Windows-Treiber (ASIO, DirectX, WDM), möglichst viele Line- Ein- und Ausgänge an der Rückseite sowie einen bezahlbaren Preis ohne Extra-Feature.

Was Focusrite und Steinberg nicht in Kombi leisten konnte, war bei ESI sofort der Fall: Treiber sind schnell und stabil, die Latenz ist einbahnfrei (selbst für Outboard-Effekte) und Hardware + Bedienelemente sind absolut solide. Man kriegt hier buchstäblich einen Satz Inputs und Outputs ohne Schnickschnik oder preistreibendes Design. Die Preamps sind sehr neutral und der eingebaute Monitoring-Mixer tut auch sein übriges. Was will man mehr?

Natürlich kommt das ganze mit gewissen Abstrichen: Die Drehregler sind nicht geriffelt sowie ohne farbigen Indikator, die Anschlüsse sind nicht so bombenfest wie bei anderen Interfaces und die Treibersoftware ist sehr klein aufgelöst. Ebenso gibt es keinen DSP-Mixer, sondern kann nur zwischen Protokollen gerouted werden. Ergo ist zwingend eine DAW nötig um Effektschleifen einzubinden.

All das stört den täglichen Gebrauch aber nur wenig. Die Kombi aus Qualität, Quantität und geringem Preis schlägt schlichtweg alle anderen Geräten in dieser Klasse - absolut empfehlenswert!
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ESI U86 XT
Nightdreamer, 23.02.2020
bonne carte son, facile d'emploi avec un très bon rendu.
acheté il y a moins d'un an, j'en suis plus que satisfait.
utilisation quotidienne en studio des heures entières, me permettant d'utiliser plusieurs sources sonores en même temps.
seul bémol, la pré-écoute au casque manque de puissance à mon gout mais reste relativement bonne.
le plus, couplé à de bonnes enceites, j'ai vraiment entendu la différence au niveau de la sonorité des basses qui prennent de l'ampleur et de la profondeur, des hihats qui deviennent vraiment incisifs limite tranchants !
en gros, je la recommande car c'est vraiment un très bon rapport qualité/ prix pour les studios voulant évoluer jusqu'a 8 sources différentes simultanées.
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Line in/outs!
rymdmonster, 20.11.2020
Jag hade tidigare ett Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 som jag kände att jag hade växt ur då jag alltmer börjat använda extern hårdvara och ville ha möjlighet att kombinera olika enheter med varandra. Främst var jag ute efter fler line-in/out och MIDI in/ut.

När man börjar kolla på interface som har fler lines så är det oftast så att även antalet preamps ökar i takt med dem. Jag behöver verkligen inte fler än 2, så det känns liksom så onödigt att köpa ett annat interface med liknande antal lines men med typ 8-10 preamps. Det är overkill för mig. Detta interface är perfekt ur den synpunkten: 6 line-in och 8 line-out, varav två switchbara till förmån för preampsen på framsidan. Bygget är väldigt stabilt och rejält!

Om man ska vara petig dock: Main-volymratten är den som iaf jag använder långt mer än de andra och jag önskar att de gjort just den ratten lite större så att man slipper leta efter den.

På det stora hela är jag mycket nöjd och känner att jag gjorde rätt val utifrån mina förutsättningar.
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