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SonnetEcho Pro ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter
 
4.4

(based on 43 reviews)

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    (15)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (29)
  • Fast (16)
  • Easy to use (15)
  • Good power output (9)
  • Lightweight (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Upgrade (8)
    • Daily usage (5)
    • Travel (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Quality oriented (18)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (32), Personal (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (17)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Fast, works great

    I actually have the Sony SxS USB card reader, which is very cumbersome because it requires AC power to operate. I have been using it for years in the field as part of a...Read complete review

    I actually have the Sony SxS USB card reader, which is very cumbersome because it requires AC power to operate. I have been using it for years in the field as part of a TV news crew. Every now and then the USB connection drops, or doesn't connect right away, which is frustrating. Otherwise, it's fine. But now with the echo thunderbolt card reader, it's definitely faster, and very convenient because it requires no power source. So you can log video while still out on a shoot or in a car or plane. Perhaps the best way to use it? Dump all footage onto your hard drive, if you have the room, and then disconnect the echo. I have a Mac Book Air, and an hour of logging soundbites used up about 10-20% of battery power. The echo does get very warm, though. And it does not come with a thunderbolt cable. The echo seems very sturdy and well built, made out of metal and hard plastic/rubber type edges.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    It didn't work for me.

    I was using this device to input video footage from Sony SXS cards recorded with the video camera PMW Ex1. The device did not register on a new MacBook Pro with retina display. It...Read complete review

    I was using this device to input video footage from Sony SXS cards recorded with the video camera PMW Ex1. The device did not register on a new MacBook Pro with retina display. It could be that the operating system was the new Maverick. As I have an older Mac Pro and Macbook Pro without interfaces, this device is useless for me.

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    5.0

    Even better than the Sony SXS reader

    By Jc

    from Brooklyn, NY

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Sonnet Echo Pro ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter:

    No power AC needed, thunderbolt fast, what else ?

    Works perfectly. I read Sony SXS cards with it.

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    5.0

    A helpful adaptor to have.

    By tmwaudio

    from Washington DC

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Sonnet Echo Pro ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter:

    I purchased one so that I could track live shows with a RME MADIFACE into a Mac Pro, with various recording software. Works great and I received it very quickly!

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    5.0

    Fast and Easy as an SxS card reader

    By Greg

    from Huntsville, UT

    Verified Reviewer

    Comments about Sonnet Echo Pro ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter:

    When I first started using an XDCAM camera with SxS cards I installed the drivers from Sony's website to allow my Mac to import files directly from the camera over USB. I lived without a dedicated memory card reader for a while just because of the expense. After all, Sony's SxS reader is $ and it's just a memory card reader! I bought this Sonnet device and a Thunderbolt cable and then, presto! It was plug-and-play using the drivers which were already on my computer. Transfer speeds are blazing fast (especially compared to USB 2 using the camera as a card reader). Now that I've started using it, I don't mind having spent the money for this. I only use it as an SxS card reader so I can't comment on other functions it can do.Just FYI, I also have an XQD card and adapter to use with my XDCAM camera. When I put that card with its adapter into this Sonnet device it did nothing. That's okay because I have a USB 3 card reader for the XQD card, and it's only a little slower than using this Sonnet reader with an SxS card.

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    2.0

    Compatibility problems

    By ckbknyc

    from Brooklyn, NY

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Sonnet Echo Pro ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter:

    Works great for SxS cards but I haven't been able to get it to work with My Sonnet eSata Express Card adaptor, which is primarily why I bought it. I was in touch with Sonnet tech support and ran all the diagnostics and power calibrations they recommended for my MBPr but to no avail. The tech support rep became unresponsive after that. Disappointing.

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    5.0

    fast media transfer

    By ware wolfe

    from San Diego

    Comments about Sonnet Echo Pro ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter:

    quick download time help get the job done faster. great for sd card adapters too.

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    5.0

    Solid Unit

    By Hawkeye_115

    from Rochester, NY

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Construction
    • Good Price Point
    • Reliable Performance

    Cons

    • Downloading Driver Tricky
    • No Thunderbolt Cable

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sonnet Echo Pro ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter:

      Using the Sonnet Echo Pro Thunderbolt adapter /reader on a feature film. After 2 weeks of filming, no problems with any of the SxS cards from an Arri Alexa.

      I understand this is the preferred reader for DIT's in the industry, and it has not let me down yet.

      Had to download a driver, which was a bit convoluted, but works flawlessly.

      I like the rubber feet on the bottom- they don't slide when you put a card in. The overall construction is very solid.

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Great SXS Reader

      By Tvpat

      from Washington, DC

      Verified Buyer

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        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sonnet Echo Pro ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter:

            I use this to transfer footage from SXS cards. It has really cut down on transfer times. You'll need to download the drivers from Sonnet to make it work with a MacBook Pro, but very simple. I do wish it had 2 Thunderbolt ports for loop through. Also, it does not come with a Thunderbolt cable.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Fast and a great value

            By Stephen

            from Keystone, CO.

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Bus-powered
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Fast
            • Reliable Performance
            • Sleek/Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Mobile Editing
              • Sxs Media Reader

              Comments about Sonnet Echo Pro ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter:

              For a long, long, long time, my options for ingesting Sony XDCAM SxS media was always USB 2, so it was slow. Recently Sony came out with a newer USB3 bus-powered SxS card reader, however it is much more expensive than the Sonnet Echo Pro ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt reader. It's super fast; as fast as the SxS media can go, and it's also bus-powered. A perfect solution for editing on my MBPR at a very reasonable price. In order for my MBPR to see the SxS media card, I had to download the Sony XDCAM driver for Mac, and it was easy and solid.

              • Primary use:
              • Business
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Works perfectly!

              By Tinpig Music

              from FL

              Comments about Sonnet Echo Pro ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter:

              Worked out of the box attached to a Magma express box pro. Very pleased.

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              5.0

              Great!

              By Jon

              from New York New York

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Reliable Performance
              • Sleek/Compact

              Cons

              • Difficult to Set Up

              Best Uses

              • Anywhere
              • At Work
              • Travel

              Comments about Sonnet Echo Pro ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter:

              If you shoot with SXS cards you need this. It makes data transfer quick and easy. Just be sure to download the firmware from the website.

              • Primary use:
              • Business

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              4.0

              Great way to add missing links to a Mac.

              By Digital Dave

              from Portland, Me

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Reliable Performance

              Cons

              • Gets Hot

              Best Uses

              • At Work

              Comments about Sonnet Echo Pro ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter:

              Apple, in their Infinite Loop wisdom has removed a lot of interfaces from Macs and given us Thunderbolt. If you own a lot of legacy drives with no-longer-present interfaces, this device is half of the solution. Pair it with an appropriate Express Card, and you can have eSata, for example.

              It works.

              • Primary use:
              • Business
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Best price, best equipment

              By Data

              from Los Angeles, CA

              Verified Buyer

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                    Comments about Sonnet Echo Pro ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter:

                    These readers are an absolute must for those of us who deal with digital film here in hollywood. The sonnet echo pro is THE industry standard for DITs, data managers, and digital types who need to be able to quickly load data from SxS cards. B&H has the best price on the unit of anyone else in the market today.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    A great option for me.

                    By samechick

                    from Northern California

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Sonnet Echo Pro ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter:

                          I am a video editor and I have 4 12TB ESATA G Drives that I have been filling up with video and graphic files for the past 3 years. I absolutely had to upgrade my editing rig and these adapters have allowed me to keep editing with my G Drives with no hiccups.

                          The adapter card that you must pair with these does not sit as tightly and securely as I may have hoped. My advice is to find as permanent a location in your work area as you can, connect everything and then try not to nudge them. ESATA cables are a bit stiff so it may take some time to find the sweet spot as far as positioning.

                          Also, my iMac only has a few thunderbolt slots on the back, so I do have one of these daisy chained with a Lacie 10TB thunderbolt drive, and I've not had problems with drives being recognized as of yet.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great product - amazing value!

                          By Riverbed Media

                          from Los Angeles

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Adds Functionality
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Fits Well
                          • Lightweight
                          • Sleek
                          • Stylish

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Sonnet Echo Pro ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter:

                              This is the kind of product that we all want but too often, don't get. It is a well designed, solidly built device that does what is says, with the extreme speed of Thunderbolt, thereby working at the effective speed of the card being read, as far as we can tell - and it doesn't even need a power cord!

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Worked great with my UAD-2 Solo Laptop

                              By Ridethebarfpony

                              from Tampa, FL

                              About Me Audiophile

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Adds Functionality
                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Must Be Attached At Boot
                              • No Dust Cover On The Slot

                              Best Uses

                              • Daily Usage
                              • Home Use
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Sonnet Echo Pro ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter:

                              I've been using this with my UAD-2 Solo Laptop and Windows 8.1 on a late-2013 MacBook Pro Retina. Works great, no special work required (just the drivers, available from the Sonnet website).

                              The only complaints I could possibly muster I mentioned in the "cons" list.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Works as Advertised

                              By Mike5409

                              from Long Beach, Ca.

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Adds Functionality
                              • Draws Power From Mac
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Lightweight
                              • Sleek
                              • Small Compact
                              • Stylish

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Daily Usage

                                Comments about Sonnet Echo Pro ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter:

                                I use Echo Pro with my SxS Pro+ memory cards and it works well.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business
                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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                                4.0

                                Useful

                                By footagehead

                                from Brooklyn, NY

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Adds Functionality
                                • Compact
                                • Easy To Set Up

                                Cons

                                • Doesn't Fit Well

                                Best Uses

                                • Production

                                Comments about Sonnet Echo Pro ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter:

                                It is as described. I needed something to utilize the thunderbolt on my laptop with eSATA RAIDs and dock to back up footage while in the field. This gives much better throughput than FW800. Uses it with the dual eSATA ExpressCard/34 Expansion Card.
                                Only one gripe, and not sure if its this adapter or the Expansion Card, but the insertion is a push in to lock, then push in again to unlock and pull out. However, the lock doesn't work very well, and you don't even have to push it in to unlock it, you can very easily just pull it out. Be careful! To be safe, I gaff tape it all together to avoid accidentally ejection of the expansion card.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business
                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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                                1.0

                                It didn't work for me.

                                By Tomirvin

                                from North Augusta, SC

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Sonnet Echo Pro ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter:

                                      I was using this device to input video footage from Sony SXS cards recorded with the video camera PMW Ex1. The device did not register on a new MacBook Pro with retina display. It could be that the operating system was the new Maverick. As I have an older Mac Pro and Macbook Pro without interfaces, this device is useless for me.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Business
                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      Great!

                                      By sirio85

                                      from New york City

                                      About Me Casual User

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Durable
                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Sonnet Echo Pro ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter:

                                          Easy to use and works perfectly!

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Business
                                          • Was this a gift?:
                                          • No

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                                          5.0

                                          Fast, works great

                                          By Kiet

                                          from San Jose, CA

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Adds Functionality
                                          • Durable
                                          • Easy To Set Up
                                          • Solid
                                          • Well Built

                                          Cons

                                          • Gets Warm

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Daily Usage
                                          • Travel

                                          Comments about Sonnet Echo Pro ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter:

                                          I actually have the Sony SxS USB card reader, which is very cumbersome because it requires AC power to operate. I have been using it for years in the field as part of a TV news crew. Every now and then the USB connection drops, or doesn't connect right away, which is frustrating. Otherwise, it's fine. But now with the echo thunderbolt card reader, it's definitely faster, and very convenient because it requires no power source. So you can log video while still out on a shoot or in a car or plane. Perhaps the best way to use it? Dump all footage onto your hard drive, if you have the room, and then disconnect the echo. I have a Mac Book Air, and an hour of logging soundbites used up about 10-20% of battery power. The echo does get very warm, though. And it does not come with a thunderbolt cable. The echo seems very sturdy and well built, made out of metal and hard plastic/rubber type edges.

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Business
                                          • Was this a gift?:
                                          • No

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