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Faster/Better connection--USB2.0 vs. 1394

When I bought my camcorder about a year ago, a salesman told me that 1394 was the fastest connection possible for data transfer. I just bought a 'Creative Nomad Jukebox 2' and it uses USB 2.0, and THIS salesman told me that 2.0 is way faster/better than firewire.

Which is faster? ...better? Are they both digital signals?
Old 02-03-03, 06:56 PM
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USB 2.0 is now the fastest.But 1394 is coming up soon with a new technology that beats the USB 2.0 . I think both of them are the same but I prefer the 1394, as it is still fast enough for file transfers
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USB 2.0 is spec'd slightly faster than Firewire, 480Mbps vs 400 Mbps. But I've read that Firewire actually provides slightly faster throughput.
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Hi Steve!!


Yeah X has it right.

USB 2.0 is faster on paper
Firewire is faster in real world use

USB will catch up one day. The speed ratings on paper are real, it is in the implementation that USB 2.0 loses speed (too much overhead)
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2.0 is pretty quick...I just put 500+ songs from my HD to my Juke in about 3.5 minutes!!
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Oh yeah...What's up 4K?? It's been a while...
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As X already mentioned, the two perform pretty similarly right now. As far as I know, however, there are no concrete plans for USB 2.0 to get any faster.

The current IEEE 1394b spec already has provisions for speeds of 400Mbps, 800Mbps, 1.6Gbps, and 3.2Gbps all while maintaining full backwards compatibility. Almost all current controllers only support the 400Mbps speed, though Apple has just added 800Mbps support in their latest Powerbook & G4 offerings. I imagine PC add-in board manufacturers aren't going to be far behind.

I suspect that in the future, the two will continue to co-exist. USB 2.0 will be the standard interconnect for the most common, low speed devices like printers, keyboard, mice, etc. Firewire will be an optional feature for users who want to attach devices that can use its higher performance for things like portable data storage and digital video.
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Form what I have read the USB 2.0 is faster but thath is a big fat lie. I prefer my Firewire because it's faster than USB2.0

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