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ESI 16x8 24-Bit USB Audio Interface

ESI 16x8 24-Bit USB Audio Interface
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ESI ESI-U168XT Overview

The 16x8 24-Bit USB Audio Interface from ESI is a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed audio interface that features 16 input channels and 8 output channels. It is equipped with four integrated microphone-preamp/XLR inputs on the front with switchable 48V phantom power, two Hi-Z instrument inputs for electric guitars, as well as coaxial digital S/PDIF input and output. It is also equipped with two independent headphone outputs on the front, next to an integrated monitoring mixer. You can connect external keyboards, synthesizers, and sound modules via the MIDI input and output on the backside of the unit. Based on EWDM and DirectWIRE technology, low latency drivers support WDM, ASIO 2.0, and CoreAudio technology for both Mac and Windows.

USB 2.0 Hi-Speed audio interface fro Mac and Windows
24-bit / 96 kHz solution not only provides balanced 1/4" TRS line connectors
Four professional microphone preamps with 48V phantom power support
Two Hi-Z instrument inputs with 1/4" connector
Digital S/PDIF input and output with RCA connectors
Separate stereo mix output with integrated monitoring mixer controlled on front panel
Powered by the included DC power supply

ESI ESI-U168XT Specs

Form FactorDesktop
Channels of I/O16 Input / 8 Output
Maximum Sampling Rate96 kHz / 24-Bit
Number of Microphone Preamps4 Preamps
Input Level Adjustment6 x Knob
Expansion SlotsNone
Signal Processing
High-Pass FilterNone
Analog Audio I/O2 x Combo XLR-1/4" TRS Balanced Mic/Hi-Z Input (Shared with Rear Panel Input)
2 x XLR 3-Pin Balanced Mic Input (Shared with Rear Panel Input)
16 x 1/4" TRS Balanced/Unbalanced Line Input
8 x 1/4" TRS Balanced/Unbalanced Line Output
2 x 1/4" TRS Balanced/Unbalanced Monitor Output
2 x 1/4" TRS Headphone Output
Phantom Power48 V, Selectable On/Off (on 4 Channels)
Digital Audio I/O1 x RCA Coaxial S/PDIF Input
1 x RCA Coaxial S/PDIF Output
Host Connection / USB1 x USB-B
Host Connection ProtocolUSB 2.0
USB (Non-Host)None
Sync I/ONone
Network I/ONone
MIDI I/O1 x DIN 5-Pin Input
1 x DIN 5-Pin Output
Wireless ConnectivityNone
Frequency Response20 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.02 dB
Dynamic RangeA/D Converters:
107 dBA (-60 dBFS)
D/A Converters:
112 dBA (-60 dBFS)
Digital Audio
Sample RatesUp to 96 kHz
Bit DepthsUp to 24-Bit
Audio Storage & Playback
Memory Card SlotNone
OS CompatibilityWindows 7 or Later
macOS 10.7 or Later
*As of November, 2021: Check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
Included SoftwareStanton Deckadance LE
Bitwig Studio 8-Track
inTone 2 ESI Edition from Audified
Included Plug-InsNone
Supported Drivers/API & Plug-InsWindows Driver Downloadable from Manufacturer
Core Audio (Mac)
ASIO 2.0
Required HardwareUSB Cable (Included)
Available USB 2.0 Port
Power RequirementsAC/DC Power Adapter (Included)
AC/DC Power Adapter12 V (Included)
Anti-Theft FeaturesKensington Security Slot
Dimensions17.7 x 5.5 x 1.8" / 45 x 14 x 4.5 cm
Packaging Info
Package Weight6.3 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)22.7 x 6.8 x 3.4"

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