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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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B.S.Cooper a professional user from Germany writes:
I used two S2800 for about 5 years now and i think that they are the best altenative and cheap samplers for that prices. They sound very good and the timing is excellent. The maximun RAM is 16MB but i never need so many RAM. The S2800 is the better choice than a S2000. If you need a cheap hardware sampler with a lot of features and a graphical display and last but not least an internal effect unit then enjoy this model!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-15-2000 at 09:34
Clarence a professional user from USA writes:
Feature-packed sampler that has a very clean digital sound. For someone not familiar with the Akai OS, it could get a little bit of getting used to, but once you think like the Akai designers do, it will become easy (or easier).

Biggest gripe is the inability to add an internal hard drive to the unit. I like the fact that it is 2U high. The new Yamaha samplers are 2U and can accommodate internal hard disks.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-26-2000 at 23:13
mike estlick a hobbyist user from boston, ma writes:
Positive: Good sound, Nice LCD, SCSI, 4 outs, SPDIF and optical I/O, has effects, works with recycle

Negitive: effects are limited, can't send samples from PC over SCSI, doesn't work with MESA.

I have a zip drive on my s2800. SDS from a PC is slow, but I put the samples on the zip drive for future use. Samples load very fast from a zip.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-11-2000 at 11:38
adam a part-time user from indianapolis writes:
these things are great if you want full fledge sampling ability - but without the sometimes unnecesary extras. i wouldn't pay more than $550 though. mu-tec will send you a kit to max out the memory for $49usd. In the age of ridiculous user interfaces (s2000)... going back to a s2800i is quite a releif

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-10-2000 at 12:42
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