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TC Electronic Konnekt 8 FireWire Audio Interface

IMPACT preamps. True Hi-Z guitar inputs. Full feature stand alone mode. (24) Read 2 reviews for this product | Rate and Review This Product
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Intelligent I/O
The Konnekt 8 audio interface is the ideal solution for recording and performing musicians who want the highest possible sound quality from input to the recording application, but don't need the built-in effects of Konnekt 24D. Konnekt will also serve as the perfect addition to Konnekt 24D if you want to add extra I/O to your existing setup.

Two combo inputs on the front panel combine outstanding mic preamp quality with true Hi-Z guitar optimized inputs. The light ring gives you easy access, instant control and visual feedback on important parameters directly from the front panel. You can stack up to four Konnekts together using the 1394 FireWire based TC NEAR -- Network Expandable Audio Recording -- to obtain a massive amount of I/O. If you are working with active monitors, you'll appreciate the analog volume control that ensures a wide dynamic range. Dual headphone outputs are convenient when you're two in studio and one of the headphone outputs comes with an auto speaker muting function.

IMPACT -- Integrated Mic PreAmp Circuit Technology
Konnekt comes with 2 high quality IMPACT preamps that give you the very best opportunity to make outstanding quality recordings. The IMPACT preamps are based on dedicated and steadfast technology that ensures a perfect and unbiased signal flow -- from the first to the last take.

Guitar Audio Hi-Z inputs
TC Electronic built dedicated guitar input circuits into the Konnekt. No need to mic up your guitar amp, just connect your guitar directly into one of the 2 Hi-Z guitar inputs on the front panel and apply your favorite choice of guitar software to your recording. The inbuilt Hi-Z inputs are based on circuits that are tailor-made to preserve the original tone and sonic quality of guitar and bass instruments.

Ultimate Signal Path
The 24-bit/192 kHz Konnekt 8 audio interface is based on TC's yearlong research into analog design and converter technology, as well as the experience from other landmark products like the Finalizer and the flagship System 6000. The internal architecture gives you an optimum signal path from the inputs and on to the recording application.

Features:
Outstanding IMPACT mic preamps

True Hi-Z guitar inputs - dedicated circuits for guitar and bass

Ultimate signal path from input to the recording application.

Front panel control of internal mixer parameters

Analog volume control for perfect integration with powered speakers

Full feature stand alone mode

Network up to 4 units via the TC NEAR 1394 FireWire based network to get more inputs and outputs

Full feature direct monitoring - also between networked units

Intuitive control panel with automatic input detection

FireWire bus powered

DICE II digital interface chip with JET Jitter Elimination Technology

Low latency drivers: WDM, ASIO and CoreAudio (including Intel Macs)

Dual headphone outputs, one with auto speaker muting

24-bit/192kHz sampling rate

Sample accurate MIDI

I/O: 2 mic/inst/line, 2 balanced line outputs, 96 kHz S/PDIF (optical and coaxial), and 1 stereo auxilary input

Cubase LE included

2 State-of-the-Art Combo Inputs
The Konnekt 8 comes with 2 state-of-the-art combo inputs that gives you a choice between analog Hi-Z inputs for guitar and bass, and phantom-powered microphone inputs. This powerful combo is based on top notch TC audio conversion technology that ensures the very best input route available for your recordings. Each individual variety is described in depth below

2 Microphone Inputs
Mic InputsThe microphone inputs are integrated with the innovative IMPACT preamps. IMPACT stands for Integrated Mic PreAmp Circuit Technology, which gives you some of the very best microphone preamps there are.

The IMPACT preamps ensure that your recording is crystal clear and free of that unwanted noise that often occurs when a microphone signal goes from the analog to the digital domain. Choose any standard or professional microphone and connect with or without phantom power.

On the front panel, you have light indicators that provide important information about the level of the incoming signal. Don't wait until playback to discover that your signal hits the roof. Instead you can monitor the meters directly from the front panel.

Hi-Z Guitar Optimized Inputs
If you wish to retain the sonic quality of your guitar, you need a high impedance input when you plug an electric guitar or bass directly into an audio interface. Therefore, we designed a dedicated analog circuit for the Hi-Z inputs. This gives you a true high impedance input that secures the original sonic quality and spectrum of the instrument. The benefit for you is that you can plug your guitar directly into the Konnekt 8 without any loss of your instruments intended and original qualities.

TC Converters -- The Legacy Continues
At TC Electronic, we know the importance of offering superior audio conversion technology. Through the years, several benchmark TC products have hit the market like the TC 2290 Digital Delay, the Finalizer, System 6000 and the AIR System -- all of them with outstanding A/D and D/A audio converters.

The Konnekt 8 comes with top notch A/D and D/A converters that are meticulously molded to fit the mic preamps. We have also made sure that the components and the entire signal path architecture are of excellent quality. This means that no second grade components will distort the superior TC converter technology - in short, all hardware components are fit to match even the most scrutinizing audio recording demands.

With the carefully designed anti-aliasing filters that surround the A/D and D/A converters, all signal mirrors, or aliases, are eradicated. That means that only the audio signal that is intended to pass through, actually comes through. This gives you an absolutely clean recording without any of the unwanted artifacts that can be highly disturbing and annoying.

Specially designed headroom ensures the quality of the recordings by treating very hot signal levels equal to lower signal levels. Often A/D and D/A converters have problems with very hot signal levels, but with the converters used in Konnekt 8, we're able to handle hot signals.

The newly TC developed DICE II chip is based on JET, Jitter Elimination Technology. For a converter to work at its best, it needs a stable clock, and that is exactly what the JET technology gives you. Of course JET will take care of business no matter if you use the Konnekt in internal clock mode or as a slaved device.

Last but not least, you need an extremely stable supply of power for great recordings, because converters are extremely sensible and will respond to any fluctuations in the power supply. Therefore, we've built in a super stable internal power supply that also provides the phantom power for the mic preamps.

Analog Volume Control -- Integration with Powered Monitor Speakers
The analog volume control gives you perfect control of your active speakers. The volume knob on the Konnekt 8 is a pure analog volume control, which is closely integrated with the analog circuit design, offering listening conditions with virtually no unwanted noise.

In audio interfaces with digital volume control, the volume control is placed before the digital to analog converters. That in turn has an effect on the amount of noise you get on the output, and that amount will always be at a maximum. If you on the other hand can control the volume after the digital to analog converters, you get the very best circumstances for bringing down any device-noise that might be present.

The Konnekt 8 gives you an analog volume control that ensures only little or no noise when you play at low levels. Another great advantage is that by controlling the volume in the analog domain, you preserve the dynamic range of the signal, also known as the 'signal to noise ratio'. That gives you the freedom to play at any level you want, with virtually any speaker setup, and with the most optimal performance.

DICE II Powered
The Konnekt 8 makes use of the DICE II digital interface chip, which provides a very stable digital clock that ensures jitter free digital signal flow, all the way through the device. That means that you get the very best sound quality as having a stable digital clock is crucial if you want to maintain the highest quality possible.

With the integrated JET technology the DICE II chip is able to align all digital signals from external digital sources with extreme perfection. The great benefit of this is that all supported digital formats will be automatically aligned and thereby you get maximal digital quality trough and trough.

Thanks to the DICE II and the JET technology, the FireWire connections are used to their full potential. Not only does the DICE II ensure ultra stable audio streaming, it also gives you the potential of streaming a great number of simultaneous audio channels, without any loss of quality, and with an extremely accurate timing. And don't forget that all of this can be done in a massive 192 kHz, 24-bit resolution.

Front Panel Control
The light ring is a very simple interface that gives you access to a wealth of possibilities, especially when you are using the Konnekt 8 in stand alone mode. It gives you easy access, instant control and visual feedback on important parameters directly from the front panel such as volume or pan status of the selected input. So in a way you have basic mixer functionality right at your fingertips, all thanks to the dedicated light ring control.

Intelligent Stand-Alone Mode
Konnekt 8 can be used as a basic stand-alone mixer. The intelligent stand-alone mode is just one of the many features that make the Konnekt 8 a complete and actually quite unique solution: You get total integration with DAWs, as well as serious stand-alone functionality that you can use anywhere and without a computer.

The Control Panel
From your computer you can operate the control panel which gives you easy access to the full feature set of the Konnekt 8. The control panel has been designed for intuitive and speedy control, without leaving any important tweaking possibilities out.

TC integrated a very cool auto input sensing system that detects what inputs you're currently using. As soon as you connect a device, microphone, guitar, or something else to the analog inputs, the input automatically shows on the control panel. If nothing is connected to an input, the channel won't be shown in the control panel. That leaves you with a complete and to the point picture of what you've got connected at the present moment.

If you connect a second Konnekt to your setup, the auto detection kicks in, and the extra Konnekt pops up. If you disconnect the second Konnekt, it simply disappears from the control panel again. Pretty simple, yet very good for keeping things to the point and great for maintaining an overview of your entire setup.

From the main mix window you can control your monitor mix signal, your guitar input signal and the like. Control over gain, pan, the mix of each channel are pretty straightforward. In short, there's no hanky panky, you've got everything you need, and you've got the full overview of your entire setup. Pretty cool!

Real-Time Monitoring
With the real-time monitoring capabilities of Konnekt 8, you have all the possibilities to create the perfect monitoring setup, which is quite a big deal in a recording situation. Imagine that you have to send what you're playing through the computer before you can hear it. Most likely you'll get quite a bit of latency. The Konnekt 8 let's you monitor yourself directly through the device itself... and remember, that you can do this completely without the computer turned on.

Dual Headphone Output -- When You're 2 in the Studio
Dual headphone outputs are great for when you're 2 in the studio. What that means is that if you're doing a recording, and your friend wants to listen in on what you're laying down, he can simply plug in to the extra headphone input.

Auto Speaker Muting
This feature automatically mutes your monitor speakers when you don't need them. It works like this: The outputs to the speakers are automatically muted when you plug your headphone jack in to the upper headphone output. You don't need to go through a tedious setup procedure or worry about if you've switched the feature on or off, it simply works automatically.

This auto muting feature is an integral part of the analog circuit design of the Konnekt 8, which in turn is closely connected and integrated with the analog volume control. The analog volume control is your guarantee of maximal signal to noise ratio, even when you're using your headphones.

State-of-the-Art Headphone Amplification
We've built a state-of-the-art headphone amplification feature in to the headphone outputs, which gives you enough power to plug any kind of headphone set. One great benefit from this is that you don't have to worry about what kind of headphones you're using, the Konnekt 8 will take care of business.

Another great advantage of the high level headphone amplification feature is that it will ensure that you always have enough level in your headphones. Having enough level is important if you want to get the full benefit of the noise to ratio signal maximum that the analog volume control and the analog circuit design has to offer.

Cubase LE Included
Cubase LE is included with the Konnekt 8. In essence that gives you a complete recording solution right out of the box. Cubase is a serious host application for audio recording that integrates nicely with Konnekt 8.

FireWire and DICE II
The Konnekt 8 is a 1394 FireWire based audio interface and one great advantage about this, is that it is extremely easy to connect more Konnekts to your setup, thereby enhancing the number of I/Os in your system. But not only is it easy to connect to your computer, the future proof network design also enables direct monitoring between devices.

So in reality you and a friend can sit and practice, listen to each other, and add the inbuilt effects, simply by connecting your devices together via FireWire. Of course this demands serious and professional audio distribution, steadfast clock precision and superior stability. To take care of business we've put the TC developed DICE II chip inside. The DICE II chip uses the unique and groundbreaking JET technology, which ensures the highest level of audio performance.

TC NEAR Network -- Future Proof Design
With the future proof network design that the TC NEAR 1394 FireWire based network gives you, you can upgrade your system now and in the future. One of the first things you might consider when you buy an audio interface is: how many I/Os do I need?

Often you'll have a hard time answering that, because maybe you only need e.g. 8 I/Os now, but maybe you'll at some point wish you spent more money and bought the one with 16 I/Os. On the other hand you might go for the one with 16 I/Os only to discover six months down the road that you've never used more then 6 I/Os at the same time, and that's a waste of money.

What Konnekt offers you is a way out of this conundrum. With the future proof network design, you can add more I/Os to your system without having to get rid of your existing audio interface. Just add Konnekts as you need the additional I/Os, and choose between the Konnekt 24D and the base version without any DSP, the Konnekt 8.

One really cool feature with the NEAR technology is that direct monitoring between connected devices is possible. If you're connected to another Konnekt 24D or Konnekt 8 that your friend is playing through, then you can monitor his signal directly.

Get Konnekted to the TC NEAR Network
With the introduction of a genuine TC audio interface, TC Electronic is pointing the way into the future of audio production. As more and more things become connected and network based, we've seen the need for dedicated hardware that isn't obsolete or even anachronisms the moment they hit the market. For that reason they've invented the TC NEAR network -- Network Expandable Audio Recording.

With the TC NEAR 1394 FireWire based network you are able to stack several e.g. Konnekt 24Ds. What this gives you is the freedom to expand your setup and amount of I/Os easily and with total integration intact. Konnekt gives you an entire audio production package that virtually has no limits -- Get Konnekted to the future.

Bus-powered via FireWire
If you're constantly on the move, and enjoy recording when and where you feel like it, you probably don't want to be dragging an external power supply along in your suitcase. Simply connect your Konnekt to your laptop via FireWire, and let the bus-power light up your music. In other words, it only takes one cable to get audio, MIDI and power to your Konnekt.

24-Bit/192kHz Operation
It's paramount that you have access to ultimate recording quality that will make your audio shine. The Konnekt 8 gives you a massive 192kHz 24-bit sample rate, which is in perfect alignment with today's and tomorrow's ever increasing demand for high quality audio.

But Konnekt 8 is not just an audio interface that points well into the future in terms of high resolution audio, it also gives you superior stability, a perfectly aligned digital signal flow, no artifacts and no digital jitter... and this is all due to the TC developed DICE II digital interface chip.

TM -- Technological Masterpieces
At TC Electronic we have a highly innovative and creative R&D department that insists on pushing the limit. As a result, they're constantly inventing new technologies that point well into the future. With the introduction of the Konnekt family they are happy to introduce you to these technological masterpieces:

IMPACT -- Integrated Mic PreAmp Circuit Technology
TC is renowned for its mic preamps. Today we offer you a refinement of one of the finest mic preamps on the market. Konnekt comes with IMPACT preamps, giving you the very best possibilities to make a mic recording that almost emanates pure gold.

TC NEAR -- Network Expandable Audio Recording
Networking is the future, and TC believes you should be connected to the future. With the TC NEAR 1394 FireWire based network you are able to connect several Konnekts together. What this gives you is the freedom to expand your setup and amount of I/Os easily and with total integration intact. Another splendid benefit of the TC NEAR network is the direct monitoring capabilities it has to offer.

2 State-of-the-Art Combo Inputs
The Konnekt 8 comes with two state-of-the-art combo inputs that gives you a choice between analog Hi-Z inputs for guitar and bass, and phantom powered microphone inputs. This powerful combo is based on top notch TC audio conversion technology that ensures that you have the very best audio conversion and input route available for your recordings. Each individual variety is described in depth below.

2 Microphone Inputs
The outstanding microphone inputs come with the innovative IMPACT -- Integrated Mic PreAmp Circuit Technology -- which gives you the very best microphone preamps. This ensures that your recording is crystal clear and free of that unwanted noise that often occurs when a microphone signal goes from the analog to the digital domain.

Choose any standard or professional microphone and connect with or without phantom power. Directly visible on the front panel you have light indicators that give you important information about the level of the incoming signal. Don't wait until playback to discover that your signal hits the roof but monitor the meters directly from the front panel.

Hi-Z Guitar Optimized Inputs
If you want to retain the sonic quality of your guitar it is required that you use a high impedance input when you plug a passive guitar or bass into an audio interface. For that reason we've designed a dedicated analog circuit for the Hi-Z inputs. It gives you a true high impedance input that secures the original sonic quality and spectrum of the instrument. The benefit for you is that you can plug your guitar directly into the Konnekt 8 without any loss of your instrument's intended and original qualities.

Analog Stereo Line Input -- Rear Panel
The balanced analog stereo line input is placed on the rear panel of the Konnekt 8 and serves as counterpart to the front panel combos.

The analog line input is naturally of the same high quality as the rest of the audio converters in the Konnekt 8 and the journey from the analog to the digital domain is piloted by top notch A/D and D/A converters.

Use the analog line input as a quick and easy way of connecting instruments or devices with a line output, like keyboards, synth modules or mixers.

2 Balanced Analog Line Outputs -- Rear Panel
With 2 balanced analog outputs you have a perfect solution for connecting your passive or active speaker system. The line outputs are controlled by the analog volume control, giving you not only the best sound quality but also fast and easy access to adjusting the volume.

Combined with the analog volume control the analog outputs are a perfect match for active speakers and it ensures excellent audio quality.

2 Digital S/PDIF Coaxial Inputs & Outputs and Additional AUX Input
The 96 kHz digital S/PDIF coaxial inputs are identical to the S/PDIF inputs you know from devices like CD-players, keyboards, digital mixers, and preamps with digital out.

These inputs run up to 96 kHz, and can also be used to insert external send effects. That means that you can e.g. connect an M300 to take care of the monitor effects if you prefer too. The DICE II and the JET technology make sure that the digital signal runs smoothly and with ultra-high precision.

On top of this, Konnekt 8 has an additional stereo auxiliary input for convenient monitoring.

Mic InputsFireWire -- The I/O Super Highway
The 1394 FireWire connectors of the Konnekt 8 are the super highway of I/O streaming to and from the computer. Not only do they stream all the inputs, analog and digital, to and from the computer, they also enable seamless connection of more Konnekts. That means that you can add even more inputs and outputs, as well as more effect channels, simply by connecting another Konnekt via FireWire.

The benefits from this feature are multiple. Not only does it make the Konnekt 8 future proof, it also gives you the possibility of having an abundance of inputs and outputs, connected to one system. And don't forget that all the cool features like direct monitoring, and stand alone mode, all are fully functional.

MIDI Input & Output
MIDI in and out lets you connect your external keyboards, controller devices, synths and other MIDI based devices. The DICE II chip gives you a super stable and sample accurate MIDI stream to external devices. zZounds is an authorized dealer of TC Electronic and TC-Helicon products.
(*) See notes for Konnekt 8 at the bottom of this page

Digital Inputs and Outputs
Connector (S/PDIF): RCA Phono, 75 Ohm
Formats (S/PDIF and TosLink) *1): S/PDIF (24 bit), IEC 958, Pro-status bits
Connector (ADAT(R) or TosLink) *2): Optical Pipe
Format (ADAT(R)) *3): 8-ch. @ 48 kHz, 4-ch. SMUX @ 96 kHz
Firewire: IEEE 1394a, S400, IEC 61883
Digital IO Engine: TC DICE II, handling all IO formats
Internal/External Sample Rates: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz and 192 kHz
Jitter Rejection Engine: 43 to 193 kHz, jitter rejection at all rates
Jitter Rejection Filter: JET technology in TC DICE II
DIO Interface Jitter: < -3 dB @ 10 Hz, < -100 dB @ 600 Hz
AD/DA Conversion Jitter: < 1 ns peak, BW: 700 Hz to 100 kHz
Digital Output Phase (stand alone and across network): < 42 ps RMS, BW: 100 Hz to 40 kHz
Input Slip Sample Tolerance (all Dis): < 0.5 % of sample period: +50 % to -50 % of sample period
Processing Delay DIO @ 96/48 kHz: 0.15/0.3 ms
Frequency Response DIO: DC to 23.9 kHz +/- 0.01 dB @ 48 kHz

Line Inputs Ch. 1,2,3,4 *4)
Connectors: 1/4 in. Phone Jack (balanced)
Impedance, Bal/Unbal: 20 kOhm/25 kOhm
Full Scale Input Level @ 0 dBFS: +13 dBu
THD+N: < -100 dB (0.001%) @ 1 kHz, -1 dBFS
SNR: >111 dB(A), >108 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Freq. Response: +0/-0.5 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Crosstalk: < -100 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
A to D Conversion: 24-bit, 128 x oversampling bitstream
A to D Delay: 0.68 ms / 0.63 ms @ 44.1 kHz / 48 kHz

Mic. Inputs Ch. 1,2
Connectors: Neutrik Combo (XLR)
Sensitivity Full Range Pad on/off: -10/+10 dBu <> -52/ -32 dBu
Total Preamp gain: 62 dB
Impedance, Pad on/off: 2000/1300 ohm
NF @ Rg = 150 ohm, Max. Gain: < 4 dB
EIN @ Rg = 150 ohm, Max. Gain: < -127 dBu
THD+N, Min. Gain: < -100 dB (0.001%) @ 1 kHz, -1 dBFS
SNR, Min. Gain: >109 dB(A), >106 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz

Inst. Inputs Ch. 1,2
Connectors: Neutrik Combo (1/4 in. Phone Jack)
Sensitivity Range: -25 dBu <> +17 dBu
Total Preamp gain: 42 dB
Impedance: 1 Mohm
THD+N, Min. Gain: < -100 dB (0.001%) @ 1 kHz, -1 dBFS
SNR, Min. Gain: >107 dB(A), >104 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Crosstalk: < -100 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz

Monitor/Line Outputs Ch. 1,2,3,4 *5)
Connectors: 1/4 in. Phone Jack. Ground sensing design.
Impedance: 100 Ohm
Level Range (Ch. 1,2): -40 dBu <> +12 dBu (analog gain scale)
Fixed Full Scale Range (Ch. 3,4): +12 dBu
THD+N: < -94 dB (0.002%) @ 1 kHz, -1 dBFS
SNR: >111 dB(A), >108 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Freq. Response: +0/-0.1 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Crosstalk: < -100 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
D to A Conversion: 24 bit, 128 x oversampling bitstream
D to A Delay: 0.70 ms / 0.65 ms @ 44.1 kHz / 48 kHz

Headphones Output (Ch. 1/2)
Connectors: 2 x 1/4 in. Phone Jack (Stereo)
Impedance: 80 Ohm
Gain Level Range: -80 dBu <> +16 dBu @ 300 ohms (analog gain scale)
THD+N: < -94 dB (0.002%) @ 1 kHz, -1 dBFS
SNR: >103 dB(A), > 100 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Freq. Response: +0/-0.1 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Crosstalk: < -100 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Power @ 40 Ohm Load: 200mW
Power @ 600 Ohm Load: 93mW

EMC Complies With: EN 55103-1 and EN 55103-2, FCC part 15, Class B, CISPR 22, Class B

Safety Certified To: IEC 60065, EN 60065, UL6500 and CSA E60065 CSA FILE #LR108093

Operating Temperature: 32degrees F to 122degrees F (0degrees C to 50degrees C)

Storage Temperature: -22degrees F to 167degrees F (-30degrees C to 70degrees C)

Humidity: Max. 90 % non-condensing

MIDI: In/Out: 5 Pin DIN

Firewire (DAW): IEEE 1394a, IEC 61883

Dimensions: 9.5 in. x 1.75 in. x 9 in. (241.5 x 44 x 226 mm)

Weight: 3.3 lb. (1.5 kg)
Finish: Acrylic front panel. Plated and coated steel back plate. Anodized aluminum cover.

PPM Meter (Ch. 1,2): 3 LED's pr. Channel

Power Supply (Included): 12V DC, Adapter for 90 to 240 VAC, 50 to 60 Hz (auto select)

Firewire Bus Powered: 8 to 30 VDC

Power Consumption: <14 W

Warranty Parts and labor: 1 year

Notes for Konnekt 8

*1) S/PDIF only
*2) Not available
*3) Not available
*4) Line 1+2 recordable + AUX 1+2
*5) Two outputs only
TC Electronic and TC-Helicon Warranty If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 519-745-1158
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"Stable and fast"
Overall: I've owned this unit for about 4 years now. I use it as my primary DAW interface and also I use hiZ inputs for playing guitar.The unit has been really stable on my PC setup, Windows 7 32bit & Windows 8 64bit. A lot of stability comes from the firewire chipset so I wouldn't blame drivers that much (mine is LSI's FW322, separate from motherboard chipset).While playing guitar through guitar rig I got overall latency (input, proc, output) as low as 8-9ms which is about as low as you can get with firewire units. Input latency was about 2-3 ms.Haven't had any problems so far so support is not an issue
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Overall: I owned this unit for about a year and from day one, I had nothing but problems. The drivers are extremely buggy and caused all kinds of errors (including many blue screens) and signs of instability. Support is no help at all. As for the hardware itself, the converters are pretty nice. The unit looks great and the preamps are adequate. With TC's support and drivers in the state they are you should definitely wait for them to improve or go with another company.
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Just tell us where you saw the lower price - another website, an email offer, your local store - and we'll send you our lowest price offer in a matter of hours.
Simply click the Seen it for less? link
Next to the item you want, or give us a call at 800-zZounds (800-996-8637).
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Just $2.99 on
smaller orders

Really heavy stuff might cost you a
little more

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Why fight traffic and pushy salesmen when we'll bring your gear straight to your home, free of charge?

zZounds free shipping is really free!
No hidden charges or hassles on returns.
Fast, reliable delivery
We have warehouses on both coasts, so most shipments arrive in 3 days or less.
We don't collect sales tax. Bonus!
Only NJ residents pay tax during checkout.
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1. zZounds offers the industry‘s most musician-friendly payment plans

zZounds offers a variety of Play as You Pay installment plans that allow you to get the gear you want today. While our competitors might offer house credit cards that require you to fill out an application and pass a credit check, our payment plans are easy to get, simple to use, and, best of all, accrue zero interest. Unlike those house credit cards that can leave you vulnerable to exorbitant interest charges once the promotional period ends, we never have and never will charge interest when you take advantage of one of the zZounds Play as You Pay plans.

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2. zZounds guarantees the lowest price

Seen it for less somewhere else? Get it for less at zZounds. Simply click the “Seen it for less?” link on any product page and as long as we‘re not losing money, we‘ll beat any legitimate competitor‘s lowest price, usually within two hours. Want our best price even faster? Call us at 800-zZounds (800-996-8637), and we‘ll provide you with a lower price on the phone. Also, if you purchase from us and later find the product for less elsewhere, call or email us within 45 days, and we‘ll refund you the difference.

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3. zZounds gets you your gear fast

At zZounds, you‘ll get your gear fast and, usually, with free delivery. Because we have warehouses in New Jersey and Nevada, nearly 75 percent of Americans reside within our two-day shipping zones. Combine this with the fact that many of our best-selling products qualify for free two-day delivery and you get expedited shipping without the additional cost.

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4. zZounds makes returns super easy

Buy it, try it, like it, or return it to us for a full refund. It‘s just that simple. If you‘re not in love with what you bought, return it to zZounds within 45 days, and we‘ll promptly arrange for an exchange or a refund. No hassles. No hidden charges. And if a product‘s defective or damaged, call us at 800-zZounds (800-996-8637), and we‘ll email you a prepaid shipping label so you can easily return it to us at zero cost to you.

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5. zZounds delivers top-rated customer service

zZounds has received multiple Bizrate® Circle of Excellence Platinum awards, placing us in the top 0.7 percent of Bizrate‘s network of 5,200 retailers. Our success in meeting the needs of our customers -- since 1996, we‘ve satisfied over 1,000,000 people -- is due in large part to the fact that zZounds only hires experienced musicians to answer your calls and emails, and they are never paid a commission.

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Need it now but short of cash? All we need is the first payment up front and the rest in easy monthly payments!

Fast approval.
We approve everyone, with very few exceptions, as long as we can verify your identity.
No interest. Ever.
It's just as if you paid the whole amount up front!
No paperwork. Nothing to track.
No application to mail or fax, no bills to pay. We automatically charge the payments to your credit card.

We'll wait on your money so you don't have to wait for your gear!

When you checkout, just click the Play as you Pay checkbox to indicate which installment plan you wish to use.

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on most orders $49+

Just $2.99 on
smaller orders

Really heavy stuff might cost you a
little more

learn more

Why fight traffic and pushy salesmen when we'll bring your gear straight to your home, free of charge?

zZounds free shipping is really free!
No hidden charges or hassles on returns.
Fast, reliable delivery
We have warehouses on both coasts, so most shipments arrive in 3 days or less.
We don't collect sales tax. Bonus!
Only NJ residents pay tax during checkout.
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A guarantee so solid, you never have to worry about price when shopping at zZounds

We'll beat any price
Simply click the Seen it for less? link next to the gear you want or call us at 800-zZounds (800-996-8637)
Got a coupon from another site?
Use it with us - we'll beat those prices, too!
Find a better price after buying from us?
No problem. We'll refund you the difference for 45 days, so you'll never regret buying from zZounds.

You'll still get the trustworthy service you've come to expect from zZounds, without paying more for your gear!