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Symphony I/O and Thunderbolt...spoke with Apogee support today
Old 6th September 2011
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Symphony I/O and Thunderbolt...spoke with Apogee support today

Just spoke with Apogee tech support about the timeline for Thunderbolt capability. I definitely got the impression it will be no time soon. He said Thunderbolt was just released to manufacturers 90 days ago. He made the statement that it is very expensive technology. I understand that considering it's data-transfer capability, but I'm not sure what that has to do with how quickly they can incorporate it into the Symphony I/O unless it was a warning that the price will need to be increased (just speculating why he said that, I have no concrete basis). He said they have no idea when they will have it ready for release and that they are not allowed to state even a general frame of time (such as 1st or 2nd quarter next year?). He would not say whether the connection will be on the chassis or available on a module. He would only say that Symphony I/O will eventually have it, and that current owners of Symphony I/O will have Thunderbolt support.
Old 6th September 2011
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Thanks for the heads-up. I think I won't wait. The issue of fan noise has put me off the Symphony i/o ... and i'm much more interested in the Focusrite RedNet now ... 128 channels over CAT5 cable - non-proprietory established technology, and latency below 4 ms ... the price including software controlled preamps seems very reasonable ...

RedNet - Digital audio system

Time will tell ...
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