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Sonnet Echo Express SE II Thunderbolt 2 Expansion System for PCIe Cards

Model: ECHO-EXP-SE2

Sonnet Echo Express SE II Thunderbolt 2 Expansion System for PCIe Cards
Sonnet Echo Express SE II Thunderbolt 2 Expansion System for PCIe Cards
Sonnet Echo Express SE II Thunderbolt 2 Expansion System for PCIe Cards
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About: Sonnet Echo Express SE II Thunderbolt 2 Expansion System for PCIe Cards

Sonnet's Echo Express SE II enables you to connect two high-performance, professional pro video capture and processing, digital audio interface, DSP accelerator, FireWire, RAID controller, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, eSATA, and other PCIe cards to any Mac® with a Thunderbolt port. Accommodating cards up to 7.75 inches long, this compact Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe card expansion chassis supports nearly every Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card on the market, including double-width (PCIe card + daughter card) cards. Measuring just 6.5 inches wide by 4.6 inches tall by 11 inches long, the Echo Express SE II takes up little space wherever you work, be it in the studio, on location, at your desk, or in the edit suite. Like all Echo Express chassis, the SE II has two Thunderbolt 2 ports that support daisy chaining of up to six devices to a single port on your computer.

Built for Speed

20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 technology-equipped computers are here. The original 10Gbps Thunderbolt interface provided breakthrough bandwidth for external expansion, more than sufficient to support the maximum performance of most PCIe cards. However, some high bandwidth cards such as 16Gb Fibre channel, multi-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet cards, or multiple bandwidth-hungry cards require more than 10Gbps. Thunderbolt 2 removes this barrier by providing more bandwidth for demanding applications. The Echo Express SE II's Thunderbolt 2 interface takes full advantage of this increased bandwidth to ensure optimum performance from installed cards when the chassis is connected to a Thunderbolt 2-equipped computer. Need to connect to a computer equipped with 10Gbps Thunderbolt? No problem, the SE II is fully compatible with earlier generation Thunderbolt computers as well.

Two PCIe 2.0 Slots Plus Space for a Daughter Card

The Echo Express SE II's PCIe 2.0 slots support two half-length+, full-height, single-width PCIe cards, or one single-width card plus one double-width card. Double-width? Some specialty cards, such as RME's HDSPe MADI FX card, Blackmagic Design's DeckLink 4K Extreme, and the Lynx AES16e 50, include a daughter card that mates with and provides additional external connections to the main card. The daughter card occupies the adjacent PCIe card space without filling a slot. The Echo Express SE II accommodates a daughter card's installation without wasting a slot.

Cool Design Outside and In

The Echo Express SE II's aluminum outer shell securely protects the cards inside and helps transfer heat away from them. The large and quiet, temperature-controlled fan automatically speeds up and slows down smoothly as needed, so there's no guesswork in deciding which switch position to select. The enclosure is ventilated front and back to facilitate airflow over the cards.

Key Features

  • Provides PCIe Card Expansion—Use high-performance PCIe card with Thunderbolt-equipped computers
  • Thunderbolt 2 Interface—Maximum performance with computers with 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 technology, backward compatible with 10Gbps Thunderbolt technology
  • Upgradeable—When available, upgrade to 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 Technology with a replacement Thunderbolt interface card
  • Two PCIe Slots—Support two half-length+ (up to 7.75 inches long), full-height, single-width cards (plus one daughter card)
  • Two Thunderbolt 2 Ports—Daisy chain up to six devices to a single port on the host computer
  • Temperature-Controlled, Fan—Automatically operates slowly and quietly with cooler cards, provides better cooling for hot cards
  • Energy Saver Mode—Powers on/off automatically with the computer
  • Sufficient Power—80W power supply handles any combination of cards
  • Aluminum Housing—Portable protection for any environment
  • AVID Qualified for Media Composer/Symphony
  • Thunderbolt Cable & ThunderLok Included—Includes Thunderbolt cable and ThunderLok Thunderbolt connector retainer clip to secure cable from accidental disconnections

Nearly Every Thunderbolt-Compatible Card Supported

With its ability to accommodate cards up to 7.75 inches long, the Echo Express SE II supports nearly every Thunderbolt-compatible card available. PCIe 1.1, PCIe 2.0, and PCIe 3.0 cards are supported. Do you have a card in mind but aren't sure it's compatible? We've worked closely with PCIe card manufacturers to provide a list of compatible cards on our supporting PCIe Card Thunderbolt Compatibility Chart. The chart provides an up-to-date list of cards that have been tested to be recognized over a Thunderbolt connection and compatible with Thunderbolt technology requirements.

Strong Link in the Chain

These Sonnet solutions support daisy chaining of additional Thunderbolt technology-enabled peripherals such as an additional Echo Express, the Apple® Thunderbolt Display, video capture devices, and data storage devices. For connected devices requiring extra power, 10 watts is provided through the daisy chain port to peripherals.

Avid Qualified • Media Composer

The Echo Express SE II is Avid qualified. It has been tested and approved for use with Media Composer/Symphony. See the AVID website for more details. See the AVID website for details.

Thunderbolt Cable and ThunderLok™ Included

Sonnet includes a Thunderbolt cable to connect the Echo Express SE II to your computer, and a ThunderLok Thunderbolt connector retainer clip(3) to secure the cable to the Echo chassis. Thunderbolt connectors are held in place by friction, which works well in situations where equipment remains undisturbed while operating. But when there’s a chance of movement nearby, there’s a chance the Thunderbolt cable can be unintentionally unplugged, possibly leading to loss of your work or data. Sonnet’s ThunderLok prevents accidental cable disconnections from the Echo chassis, and is easy to install and use—just slide it over one end of the cable, and then plug in the connector and secure it to the chassis by turning a thumbscrew. Because of its unique design, ThunderLok does not attach to the connector, but remains on the cable so it won’t get lost when not in use.


UPC: 732311010224

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Warranty: Sonnet Echo Express SE II Thunderbolt 2 Expansion System for PCIe Cards

AVShop.ca Warranty:

30 Days

Manufacturer's Warranty:

5 Year Warranty

  • Sonnet Fusion Fibre Storage Products and managed Ethernet switches
  • Sonnet Fusion D, DX, R, and RX Series Storage Products: (except R400S RAID purchased outside of xMac mini RAID Server bundle) with removable 3.5" drives
  • Sonnet Pro Controller Cards: PCIe (Tempo SATA E4P, E4i, 6Gb Pro PCIe 2.0, 6Gb Pro 4-Port, SSD Pro, and Allegro FW800); ExpressCard/34 (Tempo SATA Pro, 6Gb Pro, edge 6Gb Pro, SAS Pro, FireWire 800 Pro, SDXC UHS-I Reader, and Pro Dual Compact Flash Adapter); and PCI-X (Tempo SATA X4P) 
  • Sonnet Pro Thunderbolt Products: Echo ExpressCard Pro Thunderbolt Adapter; Echo Express II, Echo Express III-D, Echo Express III-R and Echo Express Pro Thunderbolt Expansion chassis; Echo Express SE 10GbE, Echo Express SE eSATA Pro 4-Port and Echo Express SEL 10GbE Thunderbolt adapters; xMac mini Server, xMac mini Server 2H and xMac mini Server (Third Generation); xMac Pro Server; Fusion DX800RAID Thunderbolt Edition and Fusion DX800 RAID (Thunderbolt 2 Edition)

2 Year Warranty:

  • Sonnet Fusion D, DX, R, and RX Series Storage Products: (except Fibre) with removable 3.5" drives
  • Sonnet Pro Controller Cards: PCIe (Tempo SATA E4P, E4i, and Allegro FW800); ExpressCard/34 (Tempo SATA Pro, FireWire 800 Pro, and Pro Dual Compact Flash Adapter); and PCI-X (Tempo SATA X4P) 
  • Sonnet Mobile Storage and Qio Media Readers: Fusion F2, Fusion F2QR, Fusion F3, Qio, Qio E3, Qio CF4, Qio MR

1 Year Warranty:

  • Sonnet Fusion QR
  • Sonnet Fusion R400S RAID (except when purchased as part of xMac mini RAID Server bundle)
  • Sonnet Thunderbolt Products: Echo Express, Echo Express SE, Echo Express SEL
  • Sonnet Enclosures and Brackets: RackMac mini and RackMac Pro; MacCuff mini and MacCuff Pro
  • All other new Sonnet products