Sonnet xMac Studio – Echo III
Sonnet xMac Studio Echo III Pro 3U Rackmount Enclosure with Thunderbolt to PCIe Card Expansion System for Mac Studio. Sonnet xMac Studio is designed for professional workflow expansion in Audio, Video, Colour Grading, Photography, DIT, Event Production and Broadcast.
Your Workflow – expanded and secured
A Mac Studio™ delivers phenomenal processing power, outperforming computers multiple times its size and price — it also provide a lot of ports to connect things. But how do you incorporate a Mac Studio into off-the-desk professional workflows?
Sonnet xMac Studio integrates a Mac Studio into a compact rackmount enclosure with an optional PCIe card expansion module to support diverse audio and video application needs
xMac Studio Key Features
Connects PCIe Card Slots to Mac Studio
Use high-performance PCIe cards with the Mac Studio.
Makes Your Mac Studio Road-ready
3U rackmount enclosure with firm rubber cushions securely holds the Mac Studio and Thunderbolt expansion module in place, adding mobility to your workflow.
Ideal for Use in Server Rooms
Standard mounting holes and included adjustable rack rails enable easy installation into any standard server rack up to 24” deep.
Front to Back Airflow Management
Supports direct airflow through the enclosure, Mac Studio, and Thunderbolt expansion module to keep them operating as cool in a rack as on a desk, even when the xMac Studio is mounted between two other rack-mounted components.
Front Panel Power Switch and Integrated USB-A Ports
Front panel button enables operation of the computer’s rear-mounted power switch; integrated USB-A hub enables connection of four USB peripherals to the Mac Studio.
No tools required – removable front panel secured with thumbscrews allows easy installation of and access to the Mac Studio. Secured with three thumbscrews on the back, the Thunderbolt expansion module can be removed and reinstalled through the front of the enclosure without removing the front plate.
Space for Storage
Behind a covered opening beneath the computer is a space to place two Thunderbolt or USB SSDs (sold separately); two included adhesive-backed magnets secure them in place.
Open Slot and Port Access
Provides access to the computer’s SD card slot and front and back panel ports, enabling you to connect and disconnect cables easily.
Designed for Expansion – Connect Specialty Audio and Video Cards with Three Systems to Choose From
For many creative professionals, PCIe card expansion for connecting specialty cards to handle audio and video post-production projects is not an option — it’s a necessity! Sonnet designed the xMac Studio for pro workflow flexibility; choose a system configured with a Thunderbolt to PCIe card expansion module that best suits your needs. xMac Studio is also available without a module so you can add one at a later date, or use one of your existing compatible Sonnet expansion modules*.
Echo III and Echo I Expansion Modules’ Features (PCIe cards not included with modules)
Versatile PCIe Card Expansion
From low-profile, half-length to full-height, full-length in size, Echo expansion modules support every Thunderbolt-compatible, non-GPU PCIe card available. View PDF of supported PCIe cards
400W of Power
Built-in 400W power supply supports power-hungry cards including Avid Pro Tools | HDX, AJA® Kona® 5, Blackmagic Decklink 4K Extreme 12G, and Blufish444’s Epoch and KRONOS SDI cards. System powers on and off automatically with the connected Mac Studio.
Dual temperature-controlled, variable-speed Noctua fans rated at 17 dbA offer ultra-quiet operation.
40Gbps Thunderbolt Interface
40Gbps Thunderbolt interface offers 2800 MB/s of PCIe bandwidth to the installed PCIe card(s).
Control and Connect – Easy Access to Mac Studio and PCIe Card Expansion Module
xMac Studio is a rugged steel 3U rackmount enclosure for securing a Mac Studio with optional PCIe card expansion module in a rack, placing the Mac Studio behind a quick and easy to remove front panel. Convenient front panel operation allows you turn Mac Studio on with its own dedicated front power button, connect USB devices through a 4-port USB-A hub, and access the computer’s front ports and SD card slots. When equipped with an Echo III or Echo I PCIe Card Expansion Module, three rear panel locking thumbscrews allow you to easily pull out and access the module and PCIe cards through the front without removing the front panel. The xMac Studio design enables you to connect and disconnect cables without needing to remove the Mac Studio from the enclosure.
An opening on top of xMac Studio ensures hindrance-free wireless signal access. The xMac Studio is designed to allow normal WiFi and Bluetooth wireless operation in most configurations (depending on rack type and position in rack), so you can use wireless devices and iOS® device control apps.
Cool Design – Airflow that Supports the Mac Studio Thermal Design
xMac Studio secures your Mac Studio without trapping in recirculating hot rack air, supporting its thermal design to keep it as cool in a rack as out on a desk. Ventilation holes on the enclosure’s front panel plus an enclosed chamber beneath the Mac Studio ensures the computer’s ability to draw in cool air through its base, while a completely open back enables it to expel warm air out the back unimpeded.
Space for SSDs – Secure Two Thunderbolt or USB SSDs Under the Mac Studio
xMac Studio provides space beneath the computer to house two Thunderbolt or USB SSDs (sold separately) up to 3.2 inches wide by 0.75 inch tall. Simply remove the rear access panel, apply the supplied adhesive-backed magnet to the bottom of the SSDs, insert the SSDs and connect them to the computer, and then reinstall the panel. The space is also suitable for other thin, bus-powered devices.