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Apogee Symphony MKII 8x8 I/O + 8x8 AES/Optical I/O  From Apogee

Apogee’s flagship 8x8 converter system gets even better with the MKII! Featuring standard Thunderbolt connectivity, a sleek new touch-screen control surface, and further improved converter technology, this is the best Symphony yet!

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What We Think

How do you improve upon one of the best sounding multi-channel converters on the market? That was the goal for Apogee’s exciting new Symphony I/O MKII, which features a sleek new touch screen display, a standard Thunderbolt connection option, and further improved converter technology. Additionally, Apogee plans to add connectivity options through HD and SoundGrid expansion cards later this year, giving the Symphony system even more compatibility with a huge amount of existing systems. One of our absolute favorite improvements to the Symphony design is a quieter cooling fan. The fan on the previous model was known to have occasional noise issues when recording quieter, more intimate sources in the same room as the Symphony system, so this improvement is sure to make the lives of home-studio engineers after pro-level converter technology much easier!

Apogee Digital Symphony I/O Converter System Review

The Apogee Digital Symphony Converter is one of the only pro level multi-channel converters that offers the customization, monitor control and headphone amps, high-quality preamps, and incredible conversion all in one chassis. It’s modular design is smart, future proof, and also gives you the option of building your setup and channel count over time. In this video, SoundPure Pro Audio Expert, Travis Hall, talks about the ins and outs of this incredible piece of pro audio gear. Apogee's newest flagship converter system, the Symphony I/O, continues their trend of introducing next generation converter technology with a smart and future proof modular design, plus an enhanced level of detail when compared to previous models. With their continually innovative designs and constant push for higher quality audio conversion, Apogee Digital has firmly cemented itself as one of the most recognized and industry-leading companies within the audio conversion world. If you like what you hear, check out this gear at SoundPure.com, or call us anytime at 919.682.5552. Thanks for watching!

Manufacturer's Description from Apogee

The best sounding Apogee converters and mic preamps ever

  • The culmination of 25 years of Apogee's design excellence and experience
  • Next generation converter quality
  • Refined and updated circuitry with fewer, more advanced components:
    • Fewer components means a shorter audio path and more recording clarity and transparency
    • Lower converter latency
    • More efficient power distribution
    • Big Ben built-in with enhanced C777 clocking performance
  • Optional mic preamp module
    • 8 Mic Preamps
    • 4 Hi-Z instrument inputs
    • 8 digitally assignable inserts
    • 85 dB of gain
  • Front panel control of headphone and output levels, and mic preamp gain (mic preamps optional)
 
Symphony I/O builds upon the award-winning design approaches of Apogee’s X-Series* and Rosetta Series converters*, the Big Ben master clock and the Trak2 mic preamps. It also refines and updates these proven designs with fewer but more advanced components while optimizing their performance with efficient power distribution. These enhancements allow audio to travel through less circuitry, offering lower converter latency, more accurate clocking and even more transparency and clarity in your recordings.
 
Apogee's engineers do not merely rely on specs and data sheets when selecting converter components, they listen. Each component is auditioned and carefully selected to best reflect the characteristics of the Apogee sound. Symphony I/O’s audio path design is elegant and efficient, incorporating the most advanced opamps that offer better performance than multiple parts used in previous designs.
 
This design improvement minimizes the audio path circuitry and maximizes sound quality. And in the tradition of the X-Series and Rosetta series, the entire audio path is DC coupled, resulting in ultra flat frequency response and extremely low phase error.
Apogee Digital

About Manufacturer

Apogee was founded in 1985 and initially made its name designing filters. Later, Apogee's complete conversion systems pushed the envelope of digital audio quality and solved many of the early problems with digital audio technology. Apogee converters have become regarded as the reference standard for digital audio conversion. Products such as the award-winning Rosetta 800, AD16x and DA16x  have become the modern benchmark by which digital audio conversion is judged. A new generation of Apogee products including the revolutionary Symphony I/O, with its modular design and flexible connectivity,  promise to extend the Apogee legacy and further advance the art of digital audio.

Specifications

INPUTS

  • Analog IN: 8 balanced inputs on 1 DSUB 25-pin connector
  • *AES-EBU IN: 8 inputs on 1 DSUB 25-pin connector
    • (192k single wide compatible)
  • *Optical IN: Supports ADAT, SMUX & S/PDIF
    • ADAT: 8 channels 44.1-48 kHz
    • SMUX: 8 channels 88.2-96 kHz
    • S/PDIF: 2 channels, up to 96 kHz
  • CoaxIN:2 channels of S/PDIF, up to 192 kHz

OUTPUTS

  • Analog OUT: 8 balanced outputs on 1 DSUB 25-pin connector
  • *AES-EBU OUT: 8 outputs on 1 DSUB 25-pin connector
    • (192k single wide compatible)
  • *Optical OUT: Supports ADAT, SMUX & S/PDIF
    • ADAT: 8 channels 44.1-48 kHz
    • SMUX: 8 channels 88.2-96 kHz
    • S/PDIF: 2 channels, up to 96 kHz
  • Coax OUT: 2 channels of S/PDIF, up to 192 kHz

*Dig I/O hardware switch selects AES or Optical digital I/O format

Connection:

  • Thunderbolt cable (Sold separately)

Performance:

  • 44.1kHz – 192kHz
  • Latency: 1.35 ms with Logic Pro X (96 kHz / 32 buffer)

Computer:

  • Thunderbolt-enabled Mac computer, including Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, iMac & MacBook Air
  • Operating System: Mac OS 10.9.5 or greater

Control:

  • Maestro app (included in software installer) and front panel touchscreen

Compatible Software:

  • Logic Pro X
  • Any Core Audio application on Mac