One of the liberating aspects of the way in which a lot of artists make their music these days is
that there are a lot of affordable tools available which are (arguably) almost as good as expensive
(and unattainable for most artists) high-end gear. I agree with APK's earlier point in this regard.
Yep, like Burgundy, Eqs and vintage guitar valve amps, its down to 'taste' ultimately. Naturally
some people have a lot more experience to judge their choices by, but others shouldn't feel that
their opinions are not valid.
Immersion, you might want to try out these Lexicon Impulses from 'Noisevault':http://noisevault.com/nv/index.php?option=com_remository&Itemid=29&func=selectcat&cat=7
There's PCM70 and PCM91 sets there amongst many others.