One pet peeve is that when your computer goes to sleep the Thunderbolt version of the device also goes to sleep. When it restarts, small relays inside the case fire a few times, creating a ticking noise as the box boots up. If you sleep next to your computer, I suspect this insect-like buzzing might get annoying.


That said, UA has done some interesting, exciting things with digital and analog sound, and the Apollo Solo is the gateway into their high-end audio world. If you’re still on a beer budget, however, the unit’s champagne price might be too steep.