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3.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: Saffire 6 is "legacy" product, get Scarlett series instead., August 6, 2012
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This review is from: Focusrite Saffire 6 USB Audio Interface (Electronics)
Here's the short version: This Saffire 6 is awesome IF your computer is so old it only has USB 1.1 instead of USB 2 or USB 3. If your computer has USB 2 or USB 3, there's a good chance you will have driver issues and USB recognition issues that will cause unacceptable latency.

Solution: Get Focusrite's newer Scarlett series instead, it works great:

http://www.amazon.com/Focusrite-2i2-USB-Recording-Interface/dp/B005OZE9SA/
http://www.amazon.com/Focusrite-Scarlett-Interface-Featuring-Preamps/dp/B004W6KR7E/

Unless you only have USB 1.1 on your computer, I don't believe there's any reason to buy this legacy interface instead of their newer Scarlett series. The end.

Here's the long version: This Saffire 6 didn't work on my PC and didn't work on either of 2 brand-new laptops I purchased and then returned, believing it was the laptops' fault instead of the Saffire 6.

The problem: From what I've seen, most PCs/laptops don't have their USB devices connected directly to the USB root. Under device manager, they look like this:

USB Root / Generic Hub / USB Device
USB Root / UMBus Numerator / USB Device

...If your computer connects something like the above, you'll have driver problems with the Saffire 6, latency popping, etc. And even if your current computer doesn't have the above issue of not connecting directly to the USB root, what about your next computer? Just get the newer Scarlett and you won't have to worry about it. Get a Scarlett.
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Initial post: Aug 14, 2012 7:36:44 PM PDT
Wow, I wish I had seen this review 3 months ago when I ordered this product! Most reviews were positive so I bought it only to find that it wouldn't work with my motherboard. Now I have to deal with getting a PCI-E USB card (lol) or returning the thing.

Intel Core i-series chipsets are affected, i.e. most of the new computers today. At stated, this is a legacy product which you would be wise to avoid if you plan to use this with a modern PC.

Amazon should provide a notice under the product's system requirements excluding modern Intel chipsets.

Posted on Aug 19, 2012 11:36:43 AM PDT
dmaniscool says:
This product worked great on my old Dell. I recently upgraded to a new macbook pro and can't get any audio in from the interface. I guess I will have to look at getting the newer version...

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 5:08:30 PM PST
Jess says:
How about for a mac?

Posted on Feb 3, 2013 4:57:55 AM PST
T. A. says:
"Product Features
New 2.0 USB allows for even faster transfer speed of information"

I hope this corrects the above issue, I just "bought" it

thanks for info
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