For their 25th anniversary issue, the editors of Sound On Sound magazine named "25 Milestone Products That Changed Recording History" from 1985 to 2010. The one and only audio interface to make the list? The 828, which ushered in a new era in desktop recording as the first-ever FireWire audio interface. According to Sound On Sound, the 828 represented a huge leap forward, offering "...the same power and flexibility as a multi-channel PCI card...via a single cable. Bliss!"
In their original review, Sound On Sound summarized the 828 as follows:
"The 828 is one of those 'does what it says on the tin' products that just gets on with the job without a fuss."
In their 25th anniversary issue, they went on to say:
"Ten years ago, installing a Mac or PC audio interface was not a job for the faint-hearted. Taking your computer to bits in order to force a fragile PCI card into a recalcitrant PCI slot was only the start: you were then plunged into a nightmare world of driver installation, IRQ conflicts and control panel settings. Laptop users wanting a multi-channel interface, meanwhile, had little choice but to invest in expensive and cumbersome external PCI chassis units.
"MOTU's 828 did away with all this hassle at a stroke. Taking advantage of the then-new Firewire protocol, aggressively promoted by Apple on their G4 PowerBooks and desktop machines, it offered the same power and flexibility as a multi-channel PCI card in an (almost) plug-and-play unit, which connected via a single cable. Bliss!"
Today, the 828mk3 carries on the tradition as a leader in its class, with unmatched features and value.