We have been searched for a nice firewire cable to match with our Weiss firewire products over a year.
Oyaide Neo-W d+1394 is our pick to recommend.
What is our perspective of a good firewire cable?
We understand it is difficult to ask Weiss user to go computer junk store and buy any cheap firewire to use with our high end audio products. We have heard quite many times when the user report they cannot connect the Weiss products to computer, 90% of the problems are come from the firewire cable. The junk computer cables are simply not reliable.
On the other hand, there are ultra expansive audiophile firewire cables. We designed our products with engineering background. All Weiss firewire products run in Master Clock mode when using computer as source. This means the clock (timing) is not driven by the computer, but control by the crystal inside Weiss product, nearest to the DAC or real time digital output like AES, SPDIF etc. We do not recommend any expansive firewire cable, although we obviously respect and agree everyone has different definition of the term “expansive”.
We found Oyaide Neo-W d+1394 cables from our professional audio contacts in Japan. Oyaide is a famous long history cable manufacturer and they designed Neo-W d+1394 for audio professionals in the industry. This cable is just launched to Japan market on April 16, 2010. We had a meeting with the Creative Director Kenichi Sobajima 傍嶋賢一 & Hiroyuki Yamano 山能博之. It was great to exchange audio information with industry affiliate.
Oyaide Neo-W d+1394 cables have the following features:
- Silver-plated oxygen-free copper conductor
- Double Shielded (most important issue)
- Foam polyethylene insulator (easy to twist and soft handling)
- 24K Gold-plated copper alloy terminals
- Good Eye Pattern
Pricing and Configurations:
- d+ Firewire 6pin(400) – 9pin(800) /1.0M – HK$700
- d+ Firewire 6pin(400) – 9pin(800) /2.0M – HK$800
- d+ Firewire 6pin(400) – 9pin(800) /4.0M – HK$1100
- d+ Firewire 6pin(400) – 6pin(400) /1.0M – HK$700
- d+ Firewire 6pin(400) – 6pin(400) /2.0M – HK$800
- d+ Firewire 6pin(400) – 6pin(400) /4.0M – HK$1100