Possible All-In-One SolutionBefore posting my question, hello all! I have a quick, sad story to relate: Having ordered drum heads/sticks/hardware from Musician's Friend about a year ago, I arrived at my studio 2 days later to the comment 'Hey, your headphones arrived.' Instead of 42 dollars in percussion gear, I'd received an UltraSone 650 kit. Desiring good karma, I did send them back - after giving them a single once-over. Sad, sad day to give them up - but I certainly feel better for it (even if my Shure SCL3 kit isn't quite up to snuff).
Onto the question: I've been enjoying this discussion immensely, and as a project-studio engineer/mastering engineer, my curiosity is piqued.
In short: I had to move my single monitor controller to my recording studio - a major upgrade involved replacing my mackie desk with an RME setup (bonus for me). Controlling my mastering studio's monitors is now achieved through the use of their included remotes (JBL 4328 mains/Samson Resolve 8 sub). Additionally, my DA is horrid - an M-Audio Delta 44. That sounds stringent, but after replacing a pair of M-Audio Delta 1010s with RME AD/DA I can tell the difference.
I'm looking at a minimum $225 (used) for just a monitor controller, and that doesn't address DA. The Mini-i could, ostensibly, provide me with an all-in-one solution for all my woes. The BIG, big question - how faithful and pristine do you find the mini-i's DA to be? I'm looking for purity of signal transmission, an honest and as-little-colored-as-possible representation of what was laid down in the studio. This sounds like it could fit the bill - what say the experts?