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Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock with Thunderbolt Macs

Connect to Your Peripherals with One Cable

Sonnet's Echo 15 Thunderbolt 2 Dock enables you to connect any Mac® with a Thunderbolt port to your peripherals through a single Thunderbolt cable (sold separately), an especially handy ability for notebook users. Simply plug in your printer, keyboard, mouse, cable modem, external hard drive, headphones, speakers, microphone, and iPad®, iPhone®, or iPod®, and other devices to the Echo dock with their supplied cables, and connect your computer to the dock with a Thunderbolt cable. When it's time to disconnect your computer, just unplug the Thunderbolt cable! The Echo 15 Thunderbolt 2 Dock gives you plenty of interfaces to choose from, including USB 3.0, eSATA, FireWire® 800, Gigabit Ethernet, 3.5 mm audio input, 3.5 mm audio output, and Thunderbolt.

Computer Peripherals


Key Features

Connects Your Peripherals with One Cable—Connect your peripherals to the Echo dock; connect your computer to and disconnect it from the dock using one Thunderbolt cable (sold separately)

Provides Multiple Interfaces and Thunderbolt 2 Compatibility—Thunderbolt 2 (backward compatible with Thunderbolt 10Gbs), USB 3.0, SATA and eSATA, FireWire 800, Gigabit Ethernet, and audio

Adds an Optical Drive to Your Computer—Choose between an 8x DVD±RW drive or, optionally, a Blu-ray disc player (BD-ROM/8x DVD±RW drive)

Adds Blu-ray Movie Play Support for OS X—When purchased with the Blu-ray drive option, Mac Blu-ray player software is included

Supports Internal Hard Drive or SSD Installation—Install one 3.5" hard drive or one 2.5" 6 Gb/s SSD inside the dock

Flexible Design—Front and rear USB 3.0 and audio ports, plus the ability to be placed horizontally or vertically, provide the dock great flexibility in use

iDevice Charger—USB 3.0 ports can charge your iPad, iPhone, or iPod, even while the computer is disconnected, off, or sleeping; one port supports optimized quick charging

Wide Range of Display Connection Options—Select from a variety of inexpensive Mini DisplayPort to popular display interfaces such as HDMI, DVI, VGA and Dual-Link DVI

Compatible with Every Thunderbolt Mac—Supports any Mac with a Thunderbolt port running OS X 10.8.5+


Rugged Aluminum Design, Multiple Ports
Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock Port Logos

Aluminum LogoSonnet designed the Echo 15 Thunderbolt 2 Dock for maximum flexibility in use. The rugged aluminum case may be set horizontally, or vertically to save space on the desktop. For your convenience, USB 3.0, audio input, and audio output ports are placed on both the front and back of the enclosure, so you can leave frequently used devices connected to the back, and connect devices you disconnect more often to the front. The headphone jack on the front supports a mini TOSLINK optical digital audio cable, enabling you to pass stereo audio out to your A/V system. Dual Thunderbolt ports enable the Echo 15 Thunderbolt 2 Dock to support daisy chaining of Thunderbolt peripherals, and to be placed anywhere in a Thunderbolt device chain. You can even connect a Thunderbolt display, or other monitor type with an appropriate adapter, so you're not limited to a single type of display interface. Depending on the display, you could even place it on top of the Echo dock.

Optical DVD or Blu-Ray DiscYour Choice of DVD±RW or Blu-Ray Drive

If you've purchased a new iMac®, MacBook Air®, MacBook Pro® with Retina® Display, you may have noticed something's missing—an optical drive. Not to worry, the Echo 15 Thunderbolt 2 Dock has you covered—it includes your choice of DVD±RW drive, or Blu-ray Disc™ player (BD-ROM/8x DVD±RW). For those who purchase the Blu-ray drive model, you'll find the included Blu-ray player software for OS X® is very handy, enabling you to watch Blu-ray movies on your computer or attached monitor.

A Full Docking Station Solution

Test Optical Drive
Choose between DVD burner or Blu-ray player options
Test Four USB 3.0 Ports
Connect and quick-charge devices (one 12W power USB port) such as iPads
Test Gigabit Ethernet Port
Connect a wired router, switch, or modem
Test Drive Bay
Install a 3.5" hard drive or 2.5" 6 Gb/s SSD
Test FireWire 800 Port
Connect FireWire storage devices and other peripherals
Test Audio Ports
Easily connect headphones or digital audio device, and a microphone
Test Two Thunderbolt 2 Ports
Connect your computer to one port; daisy-chain other Thunderbolt devices or connect an external display to the other
Test Two 6Gb/s eSATA Ports
Connect single- and multi-drive storage systems with eSATA interfaces
Test Audio In and Speaker Ports
Connect a line-level input and speakers

iDevice Charging Hub

With its four USB 3.0 ports, the Echo 15 Thunderbolt 2 Dock will be the hub for your handheld iDevices, too. Each port can charge your iPad, iPhone, or iPod, even when your computer is disconnected, off, or sleeping.

Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock Overview

Advanced USB 3.0 Feature Support

The Echo dock's USB 3.0 ports support UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) and Wake On Demand (Wake On USB 3.0). UASP support ensures that UASP-enabled external drives connected to the dock achieve their maximum data transfer rate potential, with performance improved by up to 20% above the drive connected to a USB host without UASP support. Wake on demand support allows devices such as a keyboard connected to the Echo dock's USB 3.0 ports to wake your computer.


Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock Time Machine Backup

Add an Internal Drive for the Perfect Time Machine® Backup Companion.
The Echo 15 Thunderbolt 2 Dock supports the installation of a 3.5" hard drive or 2.5" 6 Gb/s SSD, providing you an ideal solution for adding storage capacity to use as your Mac computer's Time Machine drive, or to back up your Mac's drive, without having to connect another external drive and its power brick.

Connect a Display

The Thunderbolt port on your computer is essentially a Mini DisplayPort video connection that adds high speed PCIe for data. This means that there is a broad range of inexpensive adapters (sold separately) that can bridge between Mini DisplayPort and common display interface types.

Display interface types that can be connected to your Echo 15 Thunderbolt 2 Dock via Thunderbolt include:

• Thunderbolt Display – Direct Connect
• Mini DisplayPort – Direct Connect
• HDMI – Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter
• Dual-Link DVI – Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter
• DVI – Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter
• VGA – Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter

Storage Space for a Time Machine® (Drive) or High-Performance SSD

Sonnet designed the Echo 15 Thunderbolt 2 Dock with extra space, mounting hardware, and connectors for you to install a single 2.5" or 3.5" SATA HDD (hard disk drive) or SSD (solid state drive). The fast 6 Gb/s SATA interface supports an HDD at its maximum speeds, and an SSD at up to 380 MB/s. Add a high-capacity drive to use as your Mac's Time Machine drive, to back up your computer's data, or to store your ever growing media library. Optionally, you can install one high-performance SSD for blazing-fast access to applications and files. Whichever choice you make, the drive mounts inside the Echo dock, so you can expand your storage without the fuss of adding another external drive, power brick, and cable clutter. Don't feel like installing a drive yourself? Sonnet also offers the Echo 15 Thunderbolt 2 Dock equipped with a 2TB HDD on the DVD±RW drive model, and 2TB or 4TB HDD on the Blu-ray drive model, available exclusively through the Sonnet Online Store. You can also boot your Mac from a drive installed in the Echo dock, enabling you to make repairs to or recover data from a problematic drive in your computer.


Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock Connected to Thunderbolt Display
Thunderbolt Display Adapters

Pro IconUpgrade to Blu-ray Burner and Second Internal Drive Available!

Do you need the ability to burn very large files to disc, more than possible on a DVD? Step up to the Echo 15 Pro+ Thunderbolt 2 Dock—with its Blu-ray burner, additional internal SATA connections and brackets to support a second 2.5" SSD, it all adds up to make a truly versatile product even better!

 Computers, hard drives, video adapters, and Thunderbolt cable shown in photos for illustration purposes; items sold separately.


Mac® with a Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port

OS X® 10.9.3+

OS X Server 10.9.3+

Part No.  
ECHO-DK-DVD-0TB Echo 15 Thunderbolt 2 Dock
( with DVD±RW drive)

Echo 15 Thunderbolt 2 Dock
(with DVD±RW drive and 2TB hard drive)

ECHO-DK-BD-0TB Echo 15 Thunderbolt 2 Dock
(with Blu-ray player)
ECHO-DK-BD-2TB Echo 15 Thunderbolt 2 Dock
(with Blu-ray player and 2TB hard drive)
ECHO-DK-BD-4TB Echo 15 Thunderbolt 2 Dock
(with Blu-ray player and 4TB hard drive)
Warranty 1-year
Form Factor Thunderbolt dock
External Connectors
  • Two eSATA
  • One FireWire 800
  • One RJ-45 (Gigabit Ethernet)
  • Two Thunderbolt 2
  • Four USB 3.0
  • Two audio input
  • Two audio output
  • Power
Internal Connectors
  • One SATA power
  • One 6 Gb/s SATA data
  • One 3 Gb/s SATA power/data (reserved for optical drive)
Power Adapter Univeral 80W, 100-240V, 50-60 Hz
Operating Temperature 0º C to 35º C (32º F to 95º F)
Dimensions (WxDxH) 7.87 x 8.86 x 3.3 in. (20 x 22.5 x 8.38 cm)
RoHS Compliant Yes
Package Contents
  • Echo 15 Thunderbolt 2 Dock
  • One power cord
  • User's guide
Interal DVD (for DVD models)
DVD Drive 8x DVD±RW drive
Boot Support        OS X from DVD
CD Support Read/Write
Interal Blu-ray (for Blu-ray models)
Blu-ray Drive Blu-ray disc player (BD-ROM/8x DVD±RW drive)
Blu-ray Player Software OS X player software included
Boot Support OS X from DVD
CD Support Read/Write
Internal SATA
Drives Supported

One 3.5" hard drive or one 2.5" 6Gb/s SSD

SATA Speed

Up to 6 Gb/s

Data Transfer Speed

Up to 380MB/s

Boot Support OS X booting supported
Internal Storage
  • 2TB SATA 3.5" hard drive
  • 4TB SATA 3.5" hard drive (with ECHO-DK-BD-4TB)
Internal Storage Support
Storage User-installable 3.5" or 2.5" SATA hard drive or SSD
Cables SATA power and data cable included
External SATA (eSATA)
Devices Supported Any storage device with a SATA interface
SATA Speed 6 Gb/s
Data Transfer Rate Up to 380 MB/s
Boot Support OS X booting supported
Port Multiplier Support Yes
FireWire 800
Standard IEEE 1394b Compliant
Cables Supported 9-pin male FireWire 800 cables
Peripherals Supported Supports all industry standard FireWire 800 and FireWire 400(1) devices
Data Transfer Rate 800/400/200/100 Mb/s
Boot Support OS X booting supported
Number of Devices Supported Up to 63 (data only)
Hot Plug Supports hot-pluggable and hot-swappable device connections
Chipset LSI 643E





Gigabit Ethernet
Network Connector One RJ-45 connector supports supports 1000Mb/s, 100Mb/s, and 100Mb/s network speed and Auto-MDI/MDI-X
Standard Compliant with 10/100/1000 IEEE 802.2 Specification
Network Gigabit Ethernet (1000BaseT, 100BaseTX, 10BaseT)
Packets Maximum packet size: 9000 bytes (Jumbo packets)
Wake-on-LAN Supported
Netboot Supported
Thunderbolt 2(2)
Connectivity Thunderbolt 2 (backwards compatible with Thunderbolt 10Gbs)
Cables Supported
  • Standard Thunderbolt (20-pin) male cable
  • Standard Mini DisplayPort (20-pin) male cable (for conecting display only)
Peripherals Supported Supports all industry standard Thunderbolt devices
Daisy Chain Up to six devices
Hot Plug Supports hot-pluggable device connection
USB 3.0
Ports Two in front plus two in rear
Cables Supported With standard male USB 3.0 A or USB 2.0 A connector
Peripherals Supported Supports all industry standard USB 3.0, 2.0 and 1.1 devices
Data Transfer Rate USB 3.0: 5 Gb/s
Number of Devices Supported Up to 30
Hot Plug

Supports hot-pluggable device connection

  • Four ports, each with 7.5W capacity to charge iPad, iPhone, iPod, or other USB battery charging 1.2–compliant device
  • Supports charging while sleeping or disconnected from computer
  • Supports simultaneous charging and synching(3)
Drive Bootability Under test
Video Support
Thunderbolt Display Native support
Mini DisplayPort Native support
HDMI With Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter (sold separately)(4)

With Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter (sold separately)(5)

Dual-Link DVI

With Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI adapter (sold separately)(6)

VGA With Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter (sold separately)(7)

Dependent on computer video controller specification

Audio Connectors
Microphone One 3.5 mm monaural analog microphone jack in front

One 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack in front; supports stereo optical digital audio out (mini TOSLINK cable required)

Line In One 3.5 mm stereo line level line in jack in rear

One 3.5 mm stereo speaker jack in rear for powered speakers

Priority Front I/O jacks have priority over rear I/O jacks
Front Panel Indicators
Power Power LED indicator
SATA Activity Activity LED indicator for internal and/or external SATA hard drive or SSD

Technical Notes

  1. FireWire 400 support through FireWire 800 ports requires Sonnet FireWire 400-to-800 adapter or adapter cable
  2. Thunderbolt cable required; available at the Sonnet Online Store
  3. Simultaneous charging and synching requires OS X 10.9.2+
  4. Accel B086B-005B-2 Ultra Display Port 1.1 to HDMI 1.4 Adapter recommended
  5. Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter recommended
  6. Apple Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter recommended
  7. Apple Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter recommended

Specifications subject to change without notice.

Mac LogoThunderbolt LogoeSATA LogoFireWire logoUSB 3.0 LogoroHS Logo


Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock Overview




Echo 15 Thunderbolt Docks Comparison

Echo 15 Thunderbolt 2 Dock
Echo 15 Pro+ Thunderbolt 2 Dock
PortsNumber of Ports
Thunderbolt 2 2 2
USB 3.0 4 4
RJ-45 (Gigabit Ethernet) 1 1
eSATA (6Gb/s) 2 2
FireWire 800 1 1
Speakers (Stereo, rear) 1 1
Audio In (Stereo, Line Level, rear) 1 1
Headphones (Stereo, front) 1 1
Optical Digital Audio Out (Stereo, front)(1) 1 1
Microphone (Mono, front) 1 1
PortsVideo Support
Thunderbolt, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI(2), Dual-Link DVI(2), DVI(2), VGA(2)
Green Checkmark Green Checkmark
Green CheckmarkInstalled Optical Drives
Blu-ray Player/DVD/CD with Mac OS Blu-ray Movie Player Software Option
Bl-ray Burner/DVD/CD Standard
Green CheckmarkInternal Storage Options
2.5" 6Gb/s SATA Internal SSD Support 1 2
3.5" SATA Internal Drive Supported 1 1
2TB 3.5" SATA Internal Hard Drive Option
4TB 3.5" SATA Internal Hard Drive Option Option
Dual 2.5" SATA Internal SSDs (1TB Total) Option(3)
Green CheckmarkAdditional Features
USB 3.0 Port Power
Supports Charging During Sleep and Disconnect Green Checkmark Green Checkmark
Supports Bus-Powered Drives Green Checkmark Green Checkmark
  1. Supports optical digital audio out through headphone port.
  2. Supported with appropriate adapter.
  3. 1TB nominal total capacity.


Echo 15 Thunderbolt 2 Dock Status Update – January 22, 2014
Following our last Echo 15 Thunderbolt 2 Dock status update, we received very positive feedback and valuable input that confirms these products were designed with the right feature sets. However, there has been an increasingly louder chorus of requests for them to be based on Thunderbolt 2 technology. We carefully considered this input, and, combined with recent clarification of requirements for Windows Thunderbolt compatibility, we have decided to upgrade these products to use Thunderbolt 2 chipsets. Here are the factors we considered in making this decision:

Everybody wants Thunderbolt 2 because it is the latest Thunderbolt technology available! We are listening.

Some workflows require Thunderbolt 2's 20Gbps bandwidth. With the Echo 15 docks' multiple options for connecting (internal SATA SSDs, eSATA, USB 3.0, FireWire 800, Gigabit Ethernet), transferring or editing files at full speed across multiple connections can potentially be throttled by the bandwidth of 10Gbps Thunderbolt. Upgrading the Echo docks to Thunderbolt 2 will make them more capable.

Many customers want to place the Echo dock first in the Thunderbolt daisy chain of devices and connect other Thunderbolt 2 devices downstream. When connected to a Thunderbolt 2 host, a Thunderbolt daisy chain can maintain Thunderbolt 2 bandwidth until a 10Gbps Thunderbolt device is connected, at which point all devices (even TB2) connected downstream connect at 10Gbps bandwidth.

Equipping the Echo docks with Thunderbolt 2 will ensure you won't regret being an early adopter. Sonnet planned on upgrading the Echo docks to feature Thunderbolt 2 in the future, but as development of these products took longer than expected, we reached the point where it made sense to upgrade them now with the latest technology. With the recent shipment of several Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe card expansion chassis, our knowledge and experience is enabling us to quickly modify the dock design to support Thunderbolt 2.

Windows Thunderbolt compatibility requirements. It was recently clarified that Windows can only support a maximum of two PCIe controllers in one Thunderbolt device. The Echo 15 docks have five controllers (which is how they support so many interfaces and internal drives), and would be fully compatible with Thunderbolt 2-equipped Windows computers only if the docks were also based on Thunderbolt 2.


Moving to Thunderbolt 2 will further impact the release schedule of the Echo 15 docks, placing the new projected ship date in summer 2014. We will provide additional progress updates until the products ship.

At this time we would like to apologize for the additional delay in delivering the Echo 15 docks and express our thanks for your feedback, patience and encouragement.

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