It really comes down to – if I'm primarily in the analog domain, do I buy an H9000R or an expansion card to get 8 more analog I/Os? I understand that doing it all in one box will (currently) limit me to using at most 16 algorithms and I know Eventide can't comment on future plans for expanding that capability. So that's where I stand.
Another quick question – does Eventide currently have access to a working SP-2016 that you're comparing these new algorithms against? If so, does the box have the additional First Order Effects EPROMs installed as well? There's a particular FOE effect that I'd love to have now and almost comtemplated buying an original just to have it again. It's called Shimmer, but it sounds nothing like what people call Shimmer now. It sounds more like reverb as water droplets. If you listen to old Kitaro records and you hear this reverb that sounds like a small stream is running through it – it's that effect.
Yes we do have a working SP2016 that we A/B'ed with our new software version of the SP2016 Reverb. The SP2016 Reverb in the H9000 and in the plugin will have 6 algorithms (Vintage: Stereo Room, Room and Hi-Density Plate. The modern recreations of these algorthims are also included). The shimmer reverb is not included in the SP2016 Reverb algorithm for the H9000 or the plugin.