Well actually, I already have the Presonus Firebox (along with a Rode NT-1A condenser mic and a pair of Senheisser (sp?) headphones...however I've never opened the audio interface and mic out of their boxes cause I just haven't had time until now. BUT my laptop is well-worn - and I can't afford a new one but the laptop's overheating pretty quickly these days and might even have a fan problem. I was about to open up that equipment and start using it anyway (taking my chances that the laptop wouldn't overheat too badly) when I found out about this Zoom H4n, which is a completely portable device: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yGObJmUifs http://ces.cnet.com/2300-19506_1-10...ag=mncol;txt The H2 was and still is a huge success. The H4 was more pro w/ many extra options and improvements but it had a few minor complaints about it. The reviews of the H4n are really good so far and the improvements show the company has really listened. So... I'm no pro. I play the classical guitar and old time/clawhammer banjo as well as piano and sing but all for fun - just a hobby. I got the recording equipment initially for the following reasons: 1. I wanted something better quality than just using the built-in mic on my Mac G4 Powerbook. 2. I wanted to record myself in order to more quickly learn how I need to improve as an amateur musician. 3. I wanted to make "good enough" recordings to make a c.d. of my kids' favorite songs that I sing for them and play for them...sort of like an audio scrapbook if you will for this music-loving family (my kids are still very young). 4. I want to be able to digitalize old records and tapes in as high-quality a way as possible for best preservation. 5. I want to have more than one pre-amp so that I can occasionally record with friends and family when we jam out together for fun...it might be nice someday for sentimental reasons. I was wondering if I should sell my presonus firebox and buy the new Zoom H4n ($350.00). I'd lose some money but at least wouldn't have to pay the whole $350.00. In fact the Zoom H4n's built-in stereo condenser mics (which you can move/adjust) are supposedly such high-quality that honestly...I could just sell my new Rode mic as well and then maybe I'd be a lot closer to paying for the Zoom. The prices on it won't be going down anytime soon as these are very fresh on the market. Thoughts? Am I missing something that I'd be losing if I got rid of the Presonus? Thank you!! p.s. another point I wanted to make - besides not having to deal with the laptop - is that a portable recorder can be used anywhere I want which is of course a HUGE bonus.