Greetings, folks! We are going for a battle between two audio interface devices again this time! On this post, we can read a comparison between PreSonus AudioBox and Focusrite Scarlett 2i4. Both products can be considered quite cheap with consideraby powerful performance at least for their class. Worth a note before we continue, the PreSonus AudioBox here is the budget-friendly variant and not the 22VSL variant – it is for another chance. What we are trying to understand is that whether we should go immediately with Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 or be gentle by getting PreSonus AudioBox all the way so that we can save more for buying a high-class device later. If you want to find out, read on! Read also : Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Vs PreSonus AudioBox.
Firstly, PreSonus AudioBox only comes with two combo inputs for XLR / ¼”, each has a high-quality preamp, and two outputs. On the other hand, Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 also has two combo inputs with preamps as well, but it has four outputs. Hence, if two output ports are not enough for you, then you definitely need Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 instead PreSonus AudioBox.
Both products are based upon USB. They both have 24-bit audio resolution. However, Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 has a higher sampling rate than PreSonus AudioBox, up to 96 kHz. PreSonus AudioBox has two sampling rate that you can choose from, 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz. Nevertheless, such sampling rate is the standard for multimedia CDs, hence you can already achieve sufficiently satisfying performance. Also, PreSonus AudioBox is smaller and slightly lighter than Focusrite Scarlett 2i4, so you may find it very handier to be brought on travel.
PreSonus AudioBox Vs Focusrite Scarlett 2i4
|PreSonus AudioBox||Focusrite Scarlett 2i4|
|Key features||- Bus-powered USB audio and MIDI interface
- 24-bit resolution, 44.1 and 48 kHz sampling rate
- 2 combo mic/instrument inputs with high-performance, low-noise, high-headroom mic preamplifiers
- Zero-latency analog monitoring
- Includes Studio One 3 Artist DAW software and 6+ GB of third-party resources
- Compatible with almost all recording software for Mac- and Windows||- Dual mic/line instrument inputs on combination XLR/TRS front-panel connectors
- Precision, quality conversion at up to 24-bit, 96kHz sampling
- Better than 105dB dynamic range on record and playback
- Includes an authorization code for Ableton Live Lite, Scarlett Plug-in Suite (RTAS/AU/VST), Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite (AAX/AU/VST), the Softube Time and Tone Bundle, Novation Bass Station, and 1GB of Loopmasters samples|
|Customer ratings*||3.9 out of 5.0 stars||4.5 out of 5.0 stars|
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You may want to know that both products already support MIDI. If you are already planning to buy a high-class device and only need something to substitute for a while, also not inhibited by having only two outs, then PreSonus AudioBox is excellent for you. It can meet all your needs sufficiently, and given its low price you can save more cash for your next purchase. However, if you need the four outs, then you should go with Focusrite Scarlett 2i4.