Iíve had my Symphony for over a year. I felt I needed to share my review, as reviews are so helpful to me in my purchases, especially big ones. Simply put, the Symphony is amazing. It is one of the best studio investments I have no made. The sound is stunning! I have a small project studio. I have tracked guitars (electric, acoustic), vocals, bass, percussion, mandolin, and violin, all with amazing results. The 3-D depth and the space between instruments in a mix is amazing. The low end is tight and clear. Mids and highs are never harsh but brilliant and clear. The sound youíre recorded is reproduced exactly as it was recorded. Operation and setup was easy. Love the strudy dual function metal knobs on the front panel to change modes or adjust volume. Aesthetics are beautiful with Mac style aluminum panels on both sides and bright metering. Nice Apogee LED light when the unit is powered but no in operation.
Iíve been a long time apogee fan. I still own a Mini*Me and Rosetta 200, both are still working. I have a great sound with my rosetta 200, but this is on a WHOLE NEW LEVEL! It also seems to make my virtual instruments sound more realistic.
The only con is the fan is surprisingly loud, but it only turns on when powering up the unit. Iíve never had it turn on in use. Also, for a normal size session (around 60 tracks) I did experience latency running USB mode. I have a Symphony PCI-64 card which is connected thunderbolt to my mac on a thunderbolt chassis, and this eliminated my latency. (I have under 3 ms running 24/48). Iíd say USB mode works fine for small sessions or tracking live in smaller sessions. I do like the metering better on my rosetta 200, very accurate LEDís. The symphony has more discret signal boxes that doesnít seem quite as accurate. However, if you how to track well, this has never been an issue for me. These cons are small, and will not degreade my love of this unit.
Bottom line: Astounding sound quality and a complete joy to work with. A big purchase, but absolutely no regrets. Apogee knocked out of the ball park with this. World class sound quality. If youíre considering this unit, take the plunge. You wonít regret it.