Sound: The DM 4800 is quite a clean competent sounding console. The effects are of a very good standard, especially the reverb. Mic Pre's are a little light on headroom but make up it in clarity and depth. It's not as brittle sounding as the Yamaha Gear. Feature: The routing options on this console are extremely flexible, Automation and DAW control are seamless if you know what you are doing. And the firewire interfacing is rock solid. You couldn't ask for more at this price point Ease of Use: Getting everything just right can be a bit fiddly but once it's there it's great. The Manual makes a great loo paper substitute so there is a bit of a learning curve initially but a bit of playing around and a few forums later it all falls into place. Quality: Considering the price, Quality has not suffered at all. It's not amazingly well constructed but it's pretty darn good for the dollars. Value: It is without a doubt the best value in it's class.Why would you spend four time as much for a comparable unit. Manufacturer Support: I have not had to call Tascam yet so I can't comment. The Wow Factor: I would have no hesitation buying another one if this one was stolen or damaged beyond repair. Clients love it for it's looks and sound. I love it for it's functionality, sound and beauty. Overall: This console will never be sold. I may upgrade in about 5 years but it will still get use in the studio or for live work. I love the way it makes you think about your work flow and the way you mix. And I love the results. I think it makes a great DAW controller too. I use my outboard gear in conjunction with the desk daily and find the results most pleasing.