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Echo Express Pro Best of Show Award 2013

For Release: January 30, 2013

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Sonnet's Echo™ Express Pro Thunderbolt-to-PCIe® Expansion Chassis Wins ProSoundNetwork Best of Show Award at 2013 NAMM Show

Breakthrough Solution Brings Pro Audio Production Capabilities to Any Mac® With Thunderbolt Port

IRVINE, CA—Jan. 30, 2013—At the just-concluded 2013 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., Sonnet Technologies' Echo™ Express Pro Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis for PCIe® cards received a coveted Best of  Show award from the editorial staffs of Pro Sound News and Pro Audio Review magazines. The award recognizes the hottest new products making their debut at the NAMM Show.

"We were very excited to be making our first appearance at the NAMM show, and to receive this honor was real validation that the Echo Express Pro offers tremendous potential for audio pros," said Greg LaPorte, vice president of sales and marketing, Sonnet Technologies. "As NAMM attendees were able to see first-hand, the Echo Express Pro is designed to make audio and music engineers' lives easier — simply by enabling them to use the portable computers of their choice through integration with a host of complementary PCIe cards and technologies."

At the 2013 NAMM Show, audio pros Jim Roese and Sean Householder demonstrated solutions based on the Sonnet Echo Express Pro. Roese showed a cost-effective and highly portable solution he developed for on-location audio workflows that integrates the Echo Express Pro chassis with a Midas Digital I/O console and Lynx Studio Technology's PCIe card with an AES50 port, the AES16e50. Roese has successfully applied this solution in numerous high-profile music events including last fall's Blondie/Devo 2012 "Whip It to Shreds" concert tour. Householder, a professional music producer, engineer, and songwriter based in southern California, demonstrated how he is able to build a seamless and highly portable audio editing workflow with just the Echo Express Pro chassis, two Avid® ProTools|HDX PCIe cards, and a lightweight MacBook Pro®. 

Today's ultra-light notebooks, mini, and all-in-one desktop computers now have tremendous processing power, close to that found in full-size desktop computers such as the Mac Pro. Although their portability is highly desirable, these smaller computers lack expansion slots to install specialty cards, designed for use in desktop computers, to connect various audio and video inputs. Sonnet's Echo Express Pro solves this problem by connecting two PCIe expansion slots to any computer with a Thunderbolt port to enable the use of compatible PCI Express expansion cards.


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About Sonnet Technologies
Sonnet Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of storage systems, Thunderbolt™ technology PCIe® expansion products, interface cards, and media readers for professional users in the audio, video, and broadcast industries. Sonnet's Thunderbolt expansion products enable the use of pro audio I/O and DSP cards, pro video capture and transcoding cards, interface cards, and other high-performance PCIe cards with mini, portable, and all-in-one computers. The company's product line features a range of high-performance, cost-effective, and reliable portable, desktop, and rackmount RAID storage solutions. For more than 25 years Sonnet has pioneered and brought to market numerous innovative and award-winning products that enhance the performance and connectivity of Mac®, Windows®, and other industry-standard computers. More information is available at


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