When Apogee released the original Duet, a 2-in, 2-out audio interface, it created ripples in the pro audio world. Along with excellent construction, great sound quality and a reasonable price, its portability made it a popular choice for Mac-based musicians and audiophiles alike. So the big question, when the Duet 2 was announced, was how Apogee would improve upon the quality of the original and maintain a compact and appealing form factor.
The Duet 2 looks gorgeous. Mac users will appreciate the consideration put into the clean lines, rounded corners and single multi-function rotary knob. It's hard not to love the sleek and sexy aluminum body and darker faceplate of the Duet 2 which will blends in nicely with the current MacBook Pro and iMac line. As well as adding style to your desk it is also a highly portable device. Light enough to carry, but sturdy enough to take the demands and rigors of life on the road.
There are no drivers in the box, so a visit to the Apogee website revealed an OS X 10.7 Lion-ready installer which includes the new Maestro 2 control software. The installation process was quick and painless and gave me time to examine the newly designed breakout cable. Apogee has taken the Duet user feedback onboard in many areas and this cable reflects that philosophy. It features 2 combo XLR & 1/4'