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Firewire 4 pin better than 6 for interfaces?
Old 14th September 2011
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Firewire 4 pin better than 6 for interfaces?

Hey everyone, so I was stumbling through some audiophile forums in search of the question "Are some FW cables better for audio than others?" Turns out that most people who care prefer Granite cables. Anyway, one interesting thing I came across was the mention of taping off / pulling the power pins in a 6 pin FW400 cable, the end result being a cleaner data signal to & from the interface. This is essentially turning the connection into a FW400 (4 pin) connection. My question is if you think there might be any truth to this? I went the non-destructive route & just laid some electrical tape inside one of my cable's ends across the power & ground pins. Fired up the 002, opened a Logic session & all seems to be well functionality-wise. BTW, I am running a BLA sig. 002. Thoughts?
Old 14th September 2011
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You do know that audiophile forums are even more misinformed than gearslutz right?
Old 14th September 2011
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Hey everyone, so I was stumbling through some audiophile forums in search of the question "Are some FW cables better for audio than others?" Turns out that most people who care prefer Granite cables. Anyway, one interesting thing I came across was the mention of taping off / pulling the power pins in a 6 pin FW400 cable, the end result being a cleaner data signal to & from the interface. This is essentially turning the connection into a FW400 (4 pin) connection. My question is if you think there might be any truth to this? I went the non-destructive route & just laid some electrical tape inside one of my cable's ends across the power & ground pins. Fired up the 002, opened a Logic session & all seems to be well functionality-wise. BTW, I am running a BLA sig. 002. Thoughts?
4 pin just means it's not supplying power right?

I would wait for the audiophiles to prove their theories....
Old 14th September 2011
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There are threads about firewire issues, hum, whirring noises and the like and then if the firewire thingy was run on it's own PSU things got better. There could be ground loops, insufficient power supplies and whatnot-wtf issues.

The audiophiles could solve all their problems by getting an audiophile blessing from the "church of audio" (trademark), which I happen to be the pope of. Of course it will cost them a little.
Have mercy on the wretched souls of the generic audiophile, as they love sound so much their love makes them blind. Or deaf. Some of them do in fact have a point here or there, but that's another can of worms.
Old 14th September 2011
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I like my 0s and 1s a bit smudgy.

On a more serious note, the only thing that I can think of is that apparently you can get a few dB's more headroom by using a dedicated PSU rather than FW power (can anyone confirm or elaborate?) - of course, this has nothing to do with the quality of the signal going down the cable but rather the power output limitations of FW in general.
Old 14th September 2011
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I've actually never gotten the 4-pin to work, only 6.
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