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Thunderbolt Audio Interface


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Blazing speed. Amazing sound.

In today's world, speed is everything. The blazingly fast Zoom TAC-2 interface uses the latest Thunderbolt technology for ultra-low latency and the ultimate in high-quality audio, up to 24-bit/192kHz. Lightweight and portable, the TAC-2 is also easy to use, with a single large rotary knob controlling all parameters.

More than twice as fast as USB 3.0—not to mention twenty times faster than USB 2.0 and twelve times faster than Firewire 800—Thunderbolt is the interconnection technology of the future. Co-developed by Apple and Intel Labs, it allows signal to be transferred at an incredibly fast 10 gigabits per second, which means virtually no latency.* Thunderbolt interfaces such as the TAC-2 are also unaffected by computer jitter (slight variations in timing), so there's no need to connect an external master clock source.

In addition, Thunderbolt carries 10 watts/18 volts of power (as compared to the 2.5 watts/ 5 volts carried by USB 2.0) —enough to provide stable phantom power. This also allows the use of high-end components such as the Burr Brown PCM4202 analog-to-digital converter and AKM AK4396 digital-to-analog converter in the TAC-2. The TAC-2 performs 4-times upsampling during both analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion.

In other words, when the sampling frequency is set to 44.1kHz or 48kHz, the TAC-2 processes the signal at high resolution 176.4kHz or 192kHz. For A/D conversion, this means less aliasing noise; for D/A conversion, this means increased clarity and fidelity.

* Latency time in the TAC-2 is just 4.17 msec round trip when operating at a 44.1kHz sampling rate with a 64 sample buffer size.

Main Features:
• 2-in/2-out high speed Thunderbolt™ audio interface
• Support for recording and playback up to 24-bit/192kHz
• Ultra-low latency audio streaming
• Two combo balanced XLR/TRS input connectors
• +48V phantom power for each input
• Hi-Z input jack allows direct connection of electric guitar or bass
• Two balanced TRS output jacks for connection to amplifiers or self-powered speakers
• Dedicated headphone jack with independent level control
• 7-position LED metering for input, output and headphone volume
• High-performance Burr Brown mic preamps with up to +60dB of amplification
• 4x upsampling during A/D and D/A conversion for reduced noise and enhanced fidelity
• Asynchronous transfer system unaffected by computer jitter
• Bus powered—no AC power required
• Simple user interface—all operations controlled by a single rotary knob
• Rugged yet compact and lightweight
• Works with all Thunderbolt-equipped Macintosh computers running OS X 10.8.5 or later

• INPUT 1/2 connectors
• Type: XLR/TRS combo jacks (XLR: 2 hot / TRS: TIP hot)
• Input gain: 0, 9 to 60 dB (3dB step)
• Input impedance: 3kΩ
• Maximum input level: +12 dBu (@0dBFs)
• Phantom power: +48V Hi-Z (INPUT1) connector
• Type: 1/4" phone jack
• Input impedance: 1MΩ
• Maximum input level: +10 dBu (@0dBFs)
• Outputs L/R connector
• Type: 1/4" TRS phone jack (Balanced)
• Maximum output level: +14 dBu (@0dBFs)
• Output impedance: 100Ω
• PHONES connector
• Type: 1/4" stereo phone jack 20mW + 20mW (into 32Ω load)
• Maximum output level: +8 dBu (@0dBFs)
• Output impedance: 30Ω
• Audio channels (recording): 2
• Audio channels (playback): 2
• S/N ratio EIN: 125dB (IHF-A) @ 60dB, 150Ω input
• Sampling frequency: 192kHz, 176.4kHz, 96kHz, 88.2kHz, 48kHz, 44.1kHz
• Bit depth: 24-bit
• AD/DA conversion
• Type: 4x upsampling
• Chipset: Burr Brown PCM4202 (A/D) AKM AK4396 (D/A)
• Frequency response: -2.0 dB: 20 Hz - 60 kHz @ 192kHz -2.0 dB: 20 Hz - 40 kHz @ 96kHz -2.0 dB: 20 Hz - 20 kHz @ 44.1kHz
• Dynamic range A/D : 118dB typical (IHF-A) D/A : 120dB typical (IHF-A)
• Interface: Thunderbolt
• Power: Thunderbolt Bus Power
• Dimensions: 129.5mm(D) x 120.0mm(W) x 51.3mm (H)
• Weight: 420g

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