The plethora of ports found on the Shuttle XPC System begin right on the front panel. Starting from left to right the ports are as follows:
You can record audio straight away using the CD quality analog micrphone input. OK, we'll admit that the latency is not as lightning fast as a professional audio card, but you don't have to buy a piece of hardware to record an audio signal.
You can monitor audio material from hard drive or CD/DVD by simply plugging into the front of the Shuttle XPC System. Once again out of the box we make it easy to work with audio, regardless of your situation.
1394 IEEE Ports:
The 1394 [firewire] ports are perfect for the new audio devices that will connect to the computer this way. We have tested many audio interfaces and found the performance of these ports incredible. They offer plug and play connectivity and hassle-free operation. You can also connect hard disk and optical storage devices, like DVD burners, for flexible expansion options.
Two USB 2.0 Ports:
Capable of a blistering transfer rate of 480MBPS, these ports allow for the connection of high performance storage devices and high definition audio devices. We have tested audio hard drives connected to these USB 2.0 ports and we can report that they are fast enough for large audio production with scores of audio tracks. The next major wave of USB 2.0 products will be high-definition [24/96/192] audio interfaces that connect to the computer solely through USB 2.0. We can't say enough about the tremendous power available to the audio professionals via USB 2.0.
With this port you can stream 16-bit audio from the hard drive to a digital recorder [DAT, Audio card, other Shuttle XPC System] at up to 48KHz. The Shuttle XPC System is the first audio computer with a built in digital output as standard equipment.