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Re: HELP!!! FW 800 to 400 adapter for mac mini

Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 2:47 pm
by anamexis

Re: HELP!!! FW 800 to 400 adapter for mac mini

Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 2:50 pm
by fishmonkey
you can either go for an adapter like this:

http://www.sonnettech.com/product/fw_adapter.html

or you can get a FW cable with a FW400 plug on one end and a FW800 plug on the other...

Re: FW 800 to 400 adapter for mac mini

Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 3:51 pm
by hacktheplanet
Skip the adapter, just get a cable. It's annoying having a big plastic piece sticking out the back of your computer.
http://www.monoprice.com/products/produ ... 1&format=2

Re: FW 800 to 400 adapter for mac mini

Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 4:46 pm
by beats me
Yeah, I think you over thought this one. A cable with the right connection types at each end works fine.

Re: FW 800 to 400 adapter for mac mini

Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 5:00 pm
by mkelly
beats me wrote:Yeah, I think you over thought this one. A cable with the right connection types at each end works fine.
For a portable setup, I like to have the adapter and a FW400 cable - that way if I need to connect to another machine with only FW400 I'm sorted.

For a permanent setup at home, a dedicated cable is the best bet though.

Re: FW 800 to 400 adapter for mac mini

Posted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 9:06 pm
by nicky_bass
Any noticeable reduction in quality with either the cable or adaptor options?

Re: FW 800 to 400 adapter for mac mini

Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:06 am
by mkelly
nicky_bass wrote:Any noticeable reduction in quality with either the cable or adaptor options?
Depends what you mean by a reduction in quality - we're talking digital signals here so it's not like using low quality audio cable. Obviously it depends on how the FW protocol handles error correction, but I would feel safe in assuming that if the devices remain connected via an adapter, then you'll not lose any of the audio data. I'm using an FW400 cable with a FW400 to FW800 adapter (the Sonnetech one) with no problems whatsoever - same connector is currently supporting a Saffire Pro 40 which has a Seagate FreeAgent Pro daisychained to it.