Like many, I have returned to home recording after some time away. Did some homework on the interwebs and asked some questions here (and got a lot of good answers too .. thanks!). I ended up just upgrading from my 10+ year old gen1 Focusrite 18i6 to a gen3 18i8 and it's been working out fine for me ... mostly bass tracks for songwriters I work with prior to all the pandemic stuff ... and a few modest pieces of my own (fun to create with all the tools available). as part of the process or researching gear/tools, I realize there is a pretty big world of audio interface gear out there ... fully integrated boxes for consumer and prosumer users all the way up to full on component systems for small to large commercial studios. So, my question to the more recording gear experienced TBers here .... @silky smoove and @seamonkey , I'm looking for you guys here .... what do we get is we move up the cost scale ? and what features and metrics are the ones to pay attention to when comparing all of this gear ? I know some of the considerations are mic pre's, adc/dac quality, word clock accuracy, IO .. etc, but I'm not sure how to understand the key metrics involved (and I understand some will probably be subjective). I'm perfectly happy with my Focusrite decision, but am always open to buying using better gear IF I can understand whats really better about it. thoughts ?