Side-by-side comparison

We take a look at two popular items, the PreSonus AudioBox and the Focusrite Scarlett 18ii8. Find out what separates these two items with the full comparison review below. This product comparison article is just one in a series titled 10 Best Audio Interfaces Under $200 in 2023

 PreSonus AudioBoxFirst, let's have a look at the PreSonus AudioBox.

 Focusrite Scarlett 18ii8Next up is the Focusrite Scarlett 18ii8.


PreSonus AudioBox

Focusrite Scarlett 18ii8


+ MIDI in/out.
+ Suitable for most DAWs.
+ Comes with Studio One.

+ 8 inputs.
+ 2 headphone monitoring outputs.
+ 4 line levels
+ Dedicated gain control knob


This budget USB audio interface is the oldest in the AudioBox line as well as the cheapest. It's an effective, functional product that will be ideal for many home producers, we think. The fact that it comes with Studio One software is another big plus. For a reliable, low-price audio interface, this is a good choice.

It is only marginally more expensive than the more basic models and yet it delivers a lot more quality. That's because of the extra I/O options, which also make it suitable for big rigs or more demanding tasks. If you're serious about recording the best quality music, then we can recommend the extra outlay on this one.

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