Zoom has introduced the TAC-2 Thunderbolt Audio Interface.
A spokesperson told us, "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, yet rugged enough for the road, the TAC-2 is also easy to use, with a single large rotary knob controlling all parameters. Whether using it in your home studio or on the road, you can rely on your TAC-2 to deliver pristine audio."
• 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 • Simple user interface--all operations controlled by a single rotary knob • Bus powered--no AC power required • Rugged yet compact and lightweight • Works with all Thunderbolt-equipped Macintosh computers running OS X 10.8.5 or later
Pricing and Availability: $499 (street price $399)