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Echo 2 - USB Audio Interface

You Pay: $349.99
Product Highlights
  • 2 Input / 4 Output Operation
  • Resolution up to 192 kHz / 24-bit
  • Near Zero Latency Hardware Monitoring
  • Two Built-In Low Noise Preamps
  • Selectable +48V Phantom Power
  • EZ Trim: One-Touch Auto-Gain Setting
  • Mac and Windows Compatible
  • Durable Aluminum Housing

The Echo 2 - USB Audio Interface by Echo features 2 inputs, 4 outputs and resolution up to 192 kHz / 24-bit. It can function as a standalone personal mixer, or it can connect over USB 2.0 to a Mac or PC.

The Echo 2 features two built-in preamplifiers that offer switchable input levels for microphones, line-level sources, and Hi-Z instruments. The two 1/4" TRS inputs include adapter cables (1/4" TRS to XLR-F) to facilitate connectivity for microphones. Selectable Phantom Power is available on each channel, but requires that the interface be powered by the included adapter. The Echo 2 can also be USB bus-powered.

The Echo 2 has two balanced 1/4" TRS outputs and a 1/8" TRS stereo headphone output. The output volumes can be separately controlled, and when used with a computer, they can be routed independently. This feature allows monitoring of an alternate source in your headphones, which is especially convenient for DJs. Additionally, the Echo 2 offers near zero latency input monitoring, patching the hardware inputs directly through to the headphones.

For live applications, the Echo 2 includes an adjustable mic stand bracket.

Echo 2 - USB Audio Interface
  • Resolution up to 192 kHz / 24-bit
  • Near zero latency hardware monitoring
  • Two built-in low noise preamps
  • Selectable +48V Phantom Power
  • EZ Trim: one-touch auto-gain setting
  • Mac and Windows compatible
  • Durable aluminum housing
System Requirements
Mac System Requirements Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port
Windows System Requirements Windows XP with SP3 (32 bit)
Windows Vista with SP2 (32 bit and 64 bit)
Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit)
USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port
Software Compatibility Supports all major pro audio software:
Low latency ASIO 2.0
Windows MME, DirectSound, WASAPI, WDM/KS
Mac OS X CoreAudio
Inputs
Connectors 2 x 1/4" TRS, selectable mic/line/Hi-Z levels
Trim/Gain Control EZ Trim: set your input levels with a button
Input Impedances Mic: 1.8kΩ
Line: 20kΩ
Hi-Z: 1MΩ
Frequency Response 10 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.1 dB
Dynamic Range 115 dB A-weighted
THD + N 0.001% A-weighted
Preamplifier
Phantom Power +48V, selectable
Gain Up to 75 dB of gain
Equivalent Input Noise -129 dBu
Outputs
Connectors 2 x 1/4" TRS
Frequency Response 10 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.1 dB
Dynamic Range 113 dB A-weighted
THD + N 0.0015% A-weighted
Output Impedance 120Ω
Headphone Output
Connector 1/8" TRS stereo mini
Maximum Output Level 10 dBu
Maximum Output Current 60 mA
Headphone Impedance
Performance
Sample Rates Supports full duplex 2 channels in, 4 channels out operation @ 24-bit, up to 192 kHz
44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 192 kHz
Latency Near zero latency hardware monitoring
Oversampling 128x oversampling converters
Jitter Low jitter, < 4 pS internal clock
Signal Path Bandwidth 24-bit data resolution maintained throughout signal path
General
Dimensions (W x D x H) 3.6 x 5.4 x 1" (92 x 137 x 26 mm)
Weight 0.5 lb (0.23 kg)
Echo 2 - USB Audio Interface
  • 2 x 28" (0.7m) Female XLR to Male 1/4" TRS Cables
  • 9' (2.75m) USB Cable
  • International AC Adapter
  • Adjustable Mic Stand Bracket
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Echo 2 - USB Audio Interface
     
    5.0

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    5.0

    Comes in Aluminium, Seems Like Gold.

    By Spike da Peke

    from Fogged in Somewhere in Jersey

    Pros

    • 192khz The Next Standard
    • Easy to Navigate
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Needs Better Power Supply
    • Power Supply Not Robyst

    Best Uses

    • Daily Listening
    • Field recording
    • Field Recxording
    • Studio Backup

    Comments about Echo 2 - USB Audio Interface:

    This is a replacement for a highly-rated poorly built piece of dreck, a Focuswrong Scarlett 2i2 - It died of noisy audio and a failed mic input after 9 months use. Know any decent electronic device that rattles?

    The Echo 2 is nearly twice the price and straight out of the box seems thrice the quality.

    1.) It doesn't rattle.

    2.) It's heavy and very solid feeling, as if it were carved from solid aluminium.

    3). Its very quiet - using my Sennheiser HD650's I hear nothing - no crackle, hiss, usb noise etc. when the gain is turned down eiither monitoring mics or a USB signal. At high levels (0db attenuation) I can hear some hiss- but care in cord arrangement minimizes this. On playback I hear very little noise. Period.

    NOISE POINT - use the included power supply - as the manual states, USB noise creeps in if the unit is forced to rely on USB power. Its true - believe the manual, believe me. The Echo 2 can't furnish phantom power without its power supply.

    When recording voice with a Nady TRM6 Ribbon direct to Logic 9 the noise level is very low, and at 96 or 192khz I'm hearing little in the way of noise or AD/DA artifacts. Using a condenser mic and phantom power has been a happy combo - my Neumann KM85 (a yard sale treasure!) is beautiful on acoustic instruments, especially woodwinds.

    My only negatives:

    1.) Why must the power supply for such beautiful kit seem as it were meant for a $20 cell phone? After the maker's warning about noisy USB power, I dinna expect to have to spend time fiddling with the power supply cord to reduce noise.

    2.) I suspect it was an industrial design issue, but the lack of a ¼" headphone jack seems crazy at this price point.

    • Primary use:
    • Business
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac

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    5.0

    Futuristic and fantastic

    By Abre

    from Trinidad

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
    • Easy to Customize
    • Easy to Navigate
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Multimedia

      Comments about Echo 2 - USB Audio Interface:

      Ok. I am not a reviewing type of guy. I feel I owe it to those Echo2 engineers. This interface is just fantastic. I cannot believe a USB interface can perform like this. Yes, it only has two balanced in, a headphone 1/8 stereo out and a main left/right out. I am using it on my Win 7 Sp1, i5 quad core system. I had a minor hiccup on installation. I had it affixed to a USB port then I installed the driver version 1.61. It did not see the interface initially. I downloaded the manual and followed it's instructions. I had to unplug the interface and left the program detect it then plug it back in. It was detected immediately. I played around with it for a while checking different USB and Asio buffer settings. I settled for a 2ms USB buffer and a 230 Asio buffer settings. With a more powerful computer I know it can go lower but that was good enough for mw. I am not hearing any latency in Protools 10.3.5 nor Sonar X2. It has been a week now and nothing negative to say. I have used firewire, PCI, PCIe and other USB interfaces but never had they been so stable as this Echo2. It is well built and can withstand some rough handling. One minor gripe. I am not a DJ. So I am laughing at the 1/8 stereo head phone jack. I know it would not kill me. I can live with it. Time will tell how long the components would last. In the meantime this thing is worth every penny. I am a very fussy fella when coming to audio interfaces. I looked to find something to complain about but really there was none. As I said the 1/8 jack is not really an issue. This thing is light years ahead of the pack. No buttons or sliders to break. With just a touch of the finger and you can adjust volume and select what type of input you need. I pluged in my Fender stratocaster, selected guitar input and began playing. The signal is shockingly transparent. I wanted to hear a hum or a buzz. Nothing. Just the guitar.
      Amazing!!!!!!!!!. Echo bring another one with eight in/out. I highly recommend this unit. I am using it at 24/88.2.

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC

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