Sony iLink vs generic firewire cable

Discussion in 'Sony' started by Andyboy, Dec 28, 2005.

  1. Andyboy

    Andyboy Guest

    I have just bought Sony HC42 camcorder. Only comes with USB cable.

    My question is this: is there any difference in the transfer
    quality/speed between the Sony iLink cables, and a generic firewire
    cable (both 4pin to 6 pin converters)? Certainly price seems a major
    difference (25 pounds for Sony vs 5 pounds with


    Andyboy, Dec 28, 2005
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  2. No. Get the cheap one.
    Laurence Payne, Dec 28, 2005
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  3. See thread, , from March especially my final post.

    While the most expensive are too expensive, very cheap firewire cables can be a

    As branded firewire cable will cost only a few quid more, is it worth taking the

    It's up to the individual but personally and generally, I'm always surprised
    that people will spend hundreds of pounds on an item and then buy the cheapest


    Stuart McKears, Dec 29, 2005
  4. Andyboy

    Gaz Guest

    Branded doesn't always have to mean expensive. I got a Belkin Firewire
    cable for less than a fiver from Amazon. Took a few weeks to arrive as
    they kept pushing the delivery date back, but worth it in the end. I
    consider Belkin to be one of the top names in branded cables, so this
    was a bit of a bargain.
    Gaz, Dec 29, 2005
  5. I'm always surprised that people will pay extra for a brand label :)
    At least the "Magic Cable" scam hasn't greatly penetrated the computer
    market yet. But it will.

    I wonder what reasons we will be offered for running our printers over
    a £40 gold-plated oxygen-free USB cable? Crisper subscripts?
    Better-formed colons? It's not a joke. If you go into Curries or
    Dixons for a DVD player you'll get offered a £35 scart connector as
    standard. And, of course, if Sir would like something better....
    Before you scream about quality, check out the price of an unbranded,
    properly shielded scart (without gold-plated connectors though;-)
    Laurence Payne, Dec 29, 2005
  6. Andyboy

    Trev Guest

    And If you go for a printer It will be the £19 version of the USB lead (USB
    2 of course) with Intel technology for better internet.
    Trev, Dec 29, 2005
  7. Andyboy

    :::Jerry:::: Guest

    But it has, have you seen the prices that people like PC World charge
    for a bug standard printer cable, or worse still, a network cable -
    they don't need to use the "Magic Cable" scam to rake it in from the
    average punter buying a new printer or hard-wired router etc.
    :::Jerry::::, Dec 29, 2005
  8. IAWT.
    Cheap and cheerful.

    Dr Hfuhruhurr, Dec 29, 2005
  9. Andyboy

    G Hardy Guest

    That's a definite scam!

    All my PCs are Intel based, and I still get Tony's posts.

    ;o) Only joking, Tony.
    G Hardy, Dec 29, 2005
  10. But that's not the 'Magic Cable' scam, that's just PC World's blister
    packed prices.
    The Magic Cable scam consists of telling potential purchasers that buy
    spending n more than a standard cable because of factor x will give you
    the extra benefit of z.

    Dr Hfuhruhurr, Dec 29, 2005
  11. Andyboy

    Tony Morgan Guest

    A small squirt of WD40 into plugs and sockets will prevent oxidisation
    and ensure good electrical contact. The RAF has been using the stuff on
    aircraft plugs/sockets since the early 70's (a long time before the
    stuff appeared on the DIY shop shelves).
    Tony Morgan, Dec 29, 2005
  12. Andyboy

    :::Jerry:::: Guest

    I know, that's why I said they don't need to use the "Magic Cable"

    The point being, they can charge the magic cable price without
    calling them 'magic cables' due to the fact that to many the average
    punter computers are still 'Black Magic' anyway...
    :::Jerry::::, Dec 29, 2005
  13. Ah. Mis-read that one. Apologies.
    Too true, the thieving bastards. They even make Maplins look cheap.

    Dr Hfuhruhurr, Dec 29, 2005
  14. Oh dear, you really can't compare SCART, USB, etc cables with firewire cables.

    By and large, SCART, USB, etc connectors are used for semi permanent
    connections - you use your cable to connect up your bits and pieces and then
    leave it, probably for months, maybe years, certainly until a gizmo on one end
    of the cable fails or is replaced by a newer gizmo.

    Your camera to PC firewire cable is continually being plugged and unplugged (OK,
    maybe only one end depending on your set up). Plugs and sockets wear through
    use, cheap plugs and sockets go out of tolerance quicker. All plugs and sockets
    eventually wear through use (within the last 18 months, I've had a cheap XLR mic
    cable fail due to plug wear) In the case of firewire because two pins (6 pin
    end) are power, <=25v, it is possible to cause terminal damage by connecting
    worn cables.

    I would hazard a guess that most people's capture firewire cable is the most
    plugged/unplugged item in their house (except possibly the kettle in the kitchen
    if you haven't enough mains sockets!!).

    But as I've said before, it's up to the individual but personally I don't risk
    my equipment by buying cheap unbranded firewire cables and saving a tenner or


    Stuart McKears, Dec 29, 2005
  15. But on some items they've started real pricing. There's network cards
    under £5 in PC World now. I was quite surprised.
    Laurence Payne, Dec 30, 2005
  16. Cables seem to be their downfall. As you say, some of their prices
    aren't too bad at all. Hell I bought a brand new HP printer that was
    cheaper than 2 replcaement cartridges for my old one.

    Dr Hfuhruhurr, Dec 30, 2005
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