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Old 11th December 2008, 04:46 PM   #71
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" ... I use an echo audiofire2 which has spdif i/o on a breakout cable. One pair each of balanced 1/4" ins and outs. ..."

I prefer the AudioFire4, but there is no technical differences between the two except the number of I/O balanced analog ports = both use the same chips, drivers, etc.

" ... It would seem that now Apple has ditched FW400 from all their new laptops that the future for FW audio interfaces isn't looking quite as bright ..."

Mmmmmm ... and I suppose this is because few laptop owners lug their recording studios, quality stereos and video equipment around with them. You might also notice that no WinPC laptops have FW400 / FW800 interfaces either, except as slot supported options. (Same, same on laptops with SCSI, Fiber Channel and the rest.) The real reason that all new laptops do not have a plethora of fancy ports = battery lifespan. Any port that has off board power is highly regulated by laptop circuitry to become anemic as batteries draw down. Hooking an external bus powered hard drive to a new laptop with a half charged battery? = Not!

Of interest = these all have FW400 and/or FW800 ports:
http://www.apple.com/imac/specs/ (I have one = love it) ... http://www.apple.com/macmini/specs.html (I have three = love 'em) ... http://www.apple.com/macpro/specs.html (I gave mine to my nephew = he loves it) ... http://www.apple.com/xserve/specs.html ... http://images.apple.com/macpro/image...ts20080108.jpg ...Apple blade servers have FW800 ports 'cause that's the fastest way to do co-processing. I also have a two year old iBook, but I burned the FW400 port on it playing around with a volt meter
Desktop type HP, Dell, etc. ... offer FW400 & FW800 ports as options, but you have to have DIY yearnings to add these. The better FW port cards are less than US$30 (avoid VIA chip sets).
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