Firewire vs. USB 2.0

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Member Since: Jan 20, 2004

Which is faster/better Firewire or USB 2.0?

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a.k.a. Porp & Mr. Muffins
Since: Oct 09, 2002

Jan 26, 2004 10:52 am

Firewire is apparently slightly faster, but USB 2 is more common.

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Jan 26, 2004 10:53 am

I am not positive about this, but I do think USB2 has surpassed Firewire in speed...I might be wrong. USB1 is a dog tho...

Since: Jan 20, 2004

Jan 26, 2004 10:58 am

The reason why I ask: I am no longer looking a the Emagic EMI 6/2 m. Thank to God, I've come across a little more money to fool with.

Now I'm looking at the UA-1000 from Edirol. Man!! 10 ins and 10 outs. Price is about 700.

Any insight on this interface?

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Jan 26, 2004 09:55 pm

I double checked and USB 2.0 is a bit faster then firewire, or so the article I read said. The Edirol is a good solid box from what I have seen so far. They had a driver issue which was resolved immediately upon release. They are teamed up with Roland as well as Microsoft and have been around for a good long time. So all in all I would suggest seeing if you can try one out at the local music store, or find a couple articles on it and see waht someone else says.

The info I have on it is all via articles and I have not listened to one as of yet, so I can not give a personal opinion on it.

Since: Jul 02, 2003

Jan 26, 2004 10:32 pm

Yep, USB2 is a bit faster (480mb/sec vs 400mb/sec) but you also have to factor in that USB shares it's bandwidth with any other ports on the same hub, whereas firewire is generally used as a dedicated port, of course you can also dedicate a USB hub to only 1 peripheral. And since most newer computers have at minimum 2 hubs with 2-4 ports each, you still have a hub free for mice, keyboards, etc.


Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
Since: May 10, 2002

Jan 27, 2004 01:00 pm

Always wondered bout that. Firewire always seemed a bit faster on my system then USB2. Makes sense; the sharing and all.

a.k.a. Porp & Mr. Muffins
Since: Oct 09, 2002

Jan 27, 2004 06:13 pm

Yeah, that's what I meant by Firewire being a bit faster performance-wise, although not in theory.

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