Sometimes you run across an interface that you never knew existed. While I was aware of the Phonic Firefly 808 and 302 the 202 caught me, off guard. It’s a curious little device from the days of firewire past.
Jackbox: Testing setup
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 7 1700|
|RAM||Corsair LPX 16GB|
|Motherboard||MSI B350 Tomahawk|
|GPU||Nvidia Quadro 4000|
|PSU:||EVGA 600 B1|
Phonic Firefly 202: Round-trip latency @44100 HZ
Phonic Firefly 202: Round-trip latency @48000 HZ
Phonic Firefly 202: Round-trip latency @96000 HZ
At the end of the day you have a chonky bus-powered metal box limited by 1/4-inch jacks and no access to the internal mixer. Granted, the Firefly 202 works out of the box if you can live with those restrictions.
I would only suggest buying one if you were in the market for a novelty foot warmer.
Phonic Firefly 202
Plug and Play with FFADO drivers.
Good for vocals
No external controls (minus headphone)
Does not work with FFADO-Mixer
Instruments sound a bit muddy