Apogee Duet with new MBP. Any problems?

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  1. Sir Cecil macrumors 6502a

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    My iMac has gone and I'll be picking up a new MBP in a day or two.
    What is the situation with the Apogee Duet (Firewire 400) and the MBP (Firewire 800 only). Anyone have recommendations regarding adaptors or whatever?
    I have a couple of HDs I like to connect to the FW800 port. Can I daisychain the HDs via the FW800 port and then connect the Duet to the last HD's FW400 port and get a result?
    Or does one have to use a hub (which itself would take up the MBP's sole Firewire port)? I'm confused by what's necessary/recommended for the best results and no-compromise operation of the Duet with the new MBP
    Thanks.
     
  2. Loge macrumors 68020

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    I use a cable with a 400 plug at one end and an 800 plug at the other to attach the Duet, works fine, although a simple 400/800 adapter should do the job.

    I also have attached the Duet to the 400 port on an external drive, which is itself attached to the 800 port on the MBP. Also worked well. I haven't tried daisychaining off two drives though - I don't know if that would supply enough power if each of the drives was bus powered.
     
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    I can also confirm that it works like a charm with my uMBP 2.4.

    I'd recommend a 400 to 800 cable instead of an adapter. I'm wary of hard adapters (unlike those like Apple's adapters that have a short cable in between) as I'm afraid they have the potential to put a lot of torque on the port. Hard adapters act like a lever of sorts, allowing a lot of eschewing force to be concentrated on the internal connection of the port.

    Make sense?
     

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