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4pin - 6pin Firewire Cables

post #1 of 7
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Hey,
Anybody have any info on 4 pin - 6 pin firewire cables? I need one for my digital camcorder and I don't understand the price differences. Other than the lenth of the cable why should the prices vary so much. I've seen a 6ft cable for $14.95 and ones as much as $99.00.
Any info on this would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 7
Price has mainly to do with the quality of the shielding and connectors.
I just bought a couple from <a href="http://www.scsipro.com/catalog/pg18_firewirecables.htm" target="_blank">Granite Digital</a>. Their stuff is premium (for a premium price).
From them, a 6ft. 4-to-6 cable costs $40.

$99!? Must be pure gold or something...

Another higher quality maker is Monster Cable (available at Amazon and Buy.com).

I would avoid the absolute cheapest. I've seen a Tripp Lite 6ft. 4/6 cable for $6, yeesh, avoid. Belkin, Cables-to-Go and others make decent cables.

So the short answer is: avoid ultra cheap & a more realistic range for that cable is $15 to $40.

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post #3 of 7
Go somewhere in between. I don't know if I trust s $15 6-footer, but I would definitely trust a $20-30 one. I got a 15-footer from Radio Shack for $40...

I only use the extra length when I do occasional QuickTime streaming from the the DV camcorder.
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post #4 of 7
Where did you find a $99 cable? I'd just liked to see who can justify the price.

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post #5 of 7
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Cameratopia, 1.5 meter 4pin-4pin ilink cable.
$99.00. I thought that was alittle excessive.

<a href="http://www.cameratopia.com/products.asp?product_id=10634" target="_blank">Cameratopia</a>

This is one of a few that I saw for that price. Macmall has a couple of 4pin to 6pin cables for $99.00 and one for $129.00. I just can't figure paying that kind of money for a cable.
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Ah, Sony made cable. <img src="graemlins/oyvey.gif" border="0" alt="[No]" /> Good grief. Let me me buy more Sony stock because they're making 60% margins on their cables alone!!

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60% margins? More like 1000%.
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