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PCI versus Firewire

Discussion in 'Converters & Interfaces' started by Murdock, Jun 1, 2005.

  1. Murdock

    Murdock Guest


    With one Apple G5 it's the same using a firewire interface or one PCI card?

    The buses are the same???

    The firewire stress's more the processor? It' sthe same?

    I'm planning to buy Motu 828 MII...

  2. Squaysh

    Squaysh Guest

    I run an 828mkII through my PB via firewire and it's very stable. It's never given me any problems and is very pleasant to work with. I think the MOTU firewire unit is a great unit for the price. It's easy to operate, has a good amount of features, and sounds pretty good too. Although, I've not used it for monitoring because I use the aux buses on my A&H to get a live feed... so I cannot comment on how well the monitoring system (CueMix) works.

    Hope that helps a little

  3. iznogood

    iznogood Guest

    pci is generally more stable than firewire...
  4. poprocks

    poprocks Guest

    My 828mkii has been very stable. Once I determined the optimal buffer size settings, I was good to go.

    I also considered the 2408 which is PCI-based. Now, the card connects to the 2408 via a cable that looks exactly like a firewire cable. I think they call it "audiowire." So, I'm just wondering aloud here ... what makes audiowire purportedly more stable than firewire? How is it different/better?
  5. maintiger

    maintiger Distinguished Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
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    My 828 mkii is great- I used to have a 2408 mkii pci based system and I did not have any problems either- both are very stable
  6. Murdock

    Murdock Guest


    Thank's for your time....

    Motu rules!


    SONICA-X Guest

    I recommend the RME Fireface 800.

    Fireface 800; Better converters, clock, filters and better preamps.

    The best professional Firewire interface ever made and second to none.

  8. axel

    axel Guest

    if you can splash out the extra cash, then i second the fireface 800, a murder unit RME has build there and indeed very hard to beat in the moment. but you can't really go wrong with motu either, specially the 828 mkll comes cheap in our days, lot's of nice deals around to grab one, unless you have some extra bucks...

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