So I have this DAC/AMP combo with an SMSL SA-50 and an SMSL SD739-II, connected to PC with a toslink cable. I use them to power my headphones (Fidelio X2) as well as my speakers (Micca MB42X). And I have a XLR microphone (Blue Spark) which I’m connecting to my computer at the moment with a Blue Icicle.
I’ve been looking into replacing my microphone (or rather adding another one) with the Rode NT1 and I found a bundle that includes the mic, the shock mount as well as an interface, the Rode Ai-1.
So my first question is, does anyone have experience with the Ai-1? It would be pretty handy if I could get rid of my SMSL stack and the Icicle and just have the one device that powers all 3 (headphones, mic and speakers), will it be able to do that?
Secondly, I’m wondering about it’s quality. Again, anyone who has experience is welcome to chime in. Is there a better option? This bundle deal is not bad, but if it’s not at least as good as my current setup I don’t see a point in spending extra money when I could just buy the mic and shock mount for a cheaper price.
I know I could get something like a Yamaha MG10XU and have everything I could ever need, but that’s a bit too pricey at the moment and also I like small packages, mixer boards have too big of a footprint.
Thanks in advanced for any tips!