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I owned a DL1608 for a few years, the unit the 32r is based on. It was a great little desk and I was a satisfied owner. Shortly before I sold my DL I was using my QU24 in it’s place for about a month. My perception was that it sounded “clearer” with more “separation”.
Why I could hear a difference could be down to a number of factors and may be open to conjecture. Maybe I’m convincing myself!
I get the same sound from my qu-pac, the very reason I sold my DL.
Both systems have their merits but the qu-pac wins with me for a number of reasons other than sound alone:
1: number of fx (4 vs 3), their variety and quality.
2: front control panel.
3: qu-drive!
4: ease of utilising recordings.
5: physical size.
6: compatibility with my existing AH gear.
The 32r has it’s merits too, dpdan (on the forum) could give you a comparison between it and his qu24.
Afaik he is very happy with it 🙂
Hope this helps!