Which Audio Interface Please?

Looking to buy a audio interface real soon but confused as to which one to purchase from the following list:
a) Edirol FA-66
b) Presonus Firebox
c) Focusrite Saffire LE
Would really appreciate people's opinions on the above - pros/cons, ease of use, sound quality, working with MBP with Logic Studio.

Am I correct in that the DX 7 is a full professional synth- I think it will have audio outputs. In that case you would be able to run it into your duet (I think) and of course it could output as MIDI as well.
Does the DX 7 output into an amplifier if you wanted it to- for stage use? If so, then the output of that will go into the audio inputs of the Duet I imagine quite nicely. If it plays through a little speaker on the instrument itself then you should get that sound into your DAW through the Duet.
The M-Audio is only a MIDI interface: it won't do anything other than that. So you would be able to use your DX 7 as a controller for sending out MIDI data, through the M-Audio, which will then be the data that makes your software synthesizers, either built into Logic or third party, sound. You would be using the DX 7 only as a MIDI controller at this point, which is less than it was designed to do overall but MIDI is MIDI- with one peculiarity I discovered: apparently the DX 7 only allowed for a velocity of 90 out of 127 as it's peak. Velocity is roughly how hard something is hit in MIDI relating to how loudly it sounds. (This is an over simplification, but should make the concept clear.)
This will likely not be a big deal, and may not actually be true with your specific machine, I'm just telling you.
As far as guitar, you could just plug it in to the Duet and use the amp modeling software in Logic (only so-so) or a third party thing like Amplitube. You may need some pre-amplification for it- I use a Presonus Tube Pre. (I should mention that I don't have a Duet- I'm going by the tons of good reviews I've read on it here.) You can also use the Duet with microphones obviously, and mic the cabinet or the acoustic guitar as well.
My overall point is that while you may have to deal with a weak point in your chain, the quality of your A/D converters will be something you can never overcome- I mean, everything happens there. That is why I'm telling you go get something good if you can at the moment and be done with it. MIDI doesn't matter because it isn't sound, it's just data that tells things how to make sound somewhere else, so it doesn't degrade. Audio degrades everywhere, but having a good A/D converter will give you a good chance to have something good sounding.

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