I too still have a 9 year old XP machine which runs just fine. It was high spec at the time and has had NO upgrades or additional software installed. Too many years in IT......
Maybe line only wasn't the best phrase, although what I mean is what you're saying - the problem is getting the signal IN. I have seen some line / SPDIF to USB2 devices.
I also don't want to waste money on an interface with preamps which I will not use and will not be as good as my standalone 2 channel one - and if the interface becomes obsolete, unless the preamp INs route to the OUTs without a computer, you're stuffed.
I don't mind spending decent money and ditching my external unit (RME UCX is a good example).
I have been reading quite a bit this afternoon and maybe firewire isn't quite dead yet, especially if the thunderbolt adapters work.
I am also dithering between laptop and desktop. I've recorded for too many years to mention, but have never used a computer for recording (I work with them and never fancied using them away from work) - so I have no idea how much resource gets used.
Jack of all trades, master of some.
Edited by BigAl (01/02/13 05:01 PM)