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    SOtM tX-USBexp PCI Express Card

    Hey Guys - I just got word the new SOtM tX-USBexp PCI express card now available.

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    No Mac support?

    No price?

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    Let us know if you hear any improvement over the PCI version
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    Quote Originally Posted by orgel View Post
    No Mac support? No price?
    Looks like W7 only and $350 per their website

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Computer Audiophile View Post
    Hey Guys - I just got word the new SOtM tX-USBexp PCI express card now available.

    [URL="http://www.sotm.sonore.us/SOtM3.html#6"]SOtM Link
    Time for C.A.P.S. v2.5?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluesman View Post
    Looks like W7 only and $350 per their website
    The $350 is not so bad; the "W7 only" is not so good. So much for my plans for what happens to my office Mac Pro when I replace it. (I was going to give myself a hell of a deal, too.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by orgel View Post
    No Mac support?

    --David
    It should just work in a MacPro with the latest OSX as the card uses a standards based chip (USB 3.0 compliant xHCI host controller).

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    Quote Originally Posted by lintweaker View Post
    It should just work in a MacPro with the latest OSX as the card uses a standards based chip (USB 3.0 compliant xHCI host controller).
    Sounds promising. I'll wait for some bleeding-edge type to try it out.

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    Got a new Mac Mini?

    Quote Originally Posted by orgel View Post
    Sounds promising. I'll wait for some bleeding-edge type to try it out.

    --David
    If you've got a new Mac Mini with a thunderbolt port... http://www.resource.holdan.eu/specs/...choExpress.pdf the new card would fit nicely...

    External PSU too, would provide good isolation...

    Or the other slot could hold a 1TB hybrid / SSD PCI-e hard drive for primary or back up duties...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dpaws View Post
    If you've got a new Mac Mini with a thunderbolt port... http://www.resource.holdan.eu/specs/...choExpress.pdf the new card would fit nicely...
    Yes, I do have a Thunderbolt port, and the Sonnet is something I've thought about since the PCIe version of the card was announced. I wish someone from SOtM/Sonore would confirm or deny Mac compatibility.

    If I got the two-slot version of the Sonnet expansion chassis, I was thinking maybe an eSATA card would be nice. Don't think there's any SSD that would take care of me for backups, since I'd need at least 2TB and preferably more for the longer term.

    Oh well, something to dream geeky dreams about.

    --David

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    For those with mac minis and laptops has anyone tried a Sonnet or Magma external PCIe thunderbolt expansion box with the SOtM tX-USBexp PCI express card?

    It feels strange to use a thunderbolt expansion kit just to get a USB feed to the DAC of choice, but....

    Am also very curious whether taking the old Lynx or RME PCIe dedicated soundcards into an external thunderbolt linked enclosure brings them back in play for sound quality versus the 'never meant for audio' USB kludge.

    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tranz View Post
    Am also very curious whether taking the old Lynx or RME PCIe dedicated soundcards into an external thunderbolt linked enclosure brings them back in play for sound quality versus the 'never meant for audio' USB kludge.
    Ditto. Thoughts please?