Echo AudioFire?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by Xander562, Jun 9, 2008.

  1. Xander562 macrumors 68000


    Apr 2, 2006
    I had almost decided on buying the Apogee Duet, then I came across these units. How are they? Do they compare with the Duet? Better/worse? Do they integrate with macs the way the Duet does?
  2. AviationFan macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA
    I don't have any experience with the Duet, so I cannot compare the two. But I am a very satisfied Echo AudioFire8 owner. The audio quality is outstanding, reflected by the great technical specs, and it plays very nicely with Macs. (I run it on a Mac Pro with Leopard.) Good build quality, too - it's a little heavier (read: rugged), has a built-in power supply (as opposed to yet another power supply that I need to find room for under my desk), and it's rack-mountable.

    - Martin
  3. 6Stringer macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2008
    I'd like to know more about Echo Audiofire as well.

    I did some fairly exhaustive research and concluded that the Echo Audiofire series represents great value. Echo Audio has a reputation for writing some fine drivers and their Mac support seems first rate. This is difficult to evaluate, but it seems Echo has incorporated decent mic pres and does a respectable A/D conversion in the Audiofire range o' products.

    Apogee has a great reputation and the Duet obviously integrates well with Garageband and Logic. How does the Echo Audiofire do with Garageband and Logic?

    Some observations...
    Echo AudioFire 4 is $299 and includes Tracktion 2.2
    Apogee Duet is $499, includes Maestro and offers less I/O capability.

    Are the mic pres and the A/D converter really superior in the Duet? How is Maestro? On purely a Garageband and/or Logic recording quality basis, I'm really wondering if the Duet is worth the difference.
  4. joiss macrumors newbie

    Jul 30, 2008
    I have a Echo Layla 3G (same spec of Echo AudioFire 8) and I recently compared my Echo with my new Apogee Duet.

    I compared pre mics of Layla 3G with pre mics of Duet: the sound is similar, Duet is a little more clear.

    The output at -10 db sound better with Duet than with Layla (similar sound but more volume). (Duet hasn't a +4db output and so I can't compare with that!)

    The Duet sounds great but the Layla 3G sounds great too and the drivers are very stable.

    I'm using Layla + Duet as an Osx audio aggregation and with OsX 10.5.4 everything works fine at 24bit/96KHz; I founded some problems with the same configuration under OsX 10.4.11.

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