"What would be the benefit of Thunderbolt 3 over FireWire 800, besides speed of the bus? I currently long for the AVB connectivity from Mac/PC to the StudioLive RM/CS products very badly.
Are you referring to studio or live applications?"
The benefits would be certainly bus speed and I mean card bus speed. It will provide a much quicker to market option - less expense - for Windows 10 users than AVB. Thunderbolt 3 is now a standard in Win 10 and as such, has enhanced the entrance for MOBO device manufactures to include it. Firewire is solid, but very dated technology.
I am looking forward to AVB too. My PC hardware is AVB ready.
As a side note, Apple currently supports AVB - with its OS AND hardware. AVB is implemented and working with at least one device manufacturer in the market and I am so very glad that presonus has the vision and strategy to take on its development.- it is no small task.
I use the RM for live, live recording, and in home recording. Its a great sounding, reliable tool.