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Syba SD-EXPC34-2F TI Chipset 1394a (400Mbps) 2x Ports, 34mm ExpressCard

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Product Description

ExpressCard TI Chipset 1394a (400Mbps) 2x Ports, 34mm


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B001JTWTB4
  • Item model number: SD-EXPC34-2F
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 1, 2008

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JacoTheDog on September 28, 2010
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I purchased this card ,along with a new laptop, to use with an audio interface since it has a TI chipset. The card installed smoothly on both Windows 7 and XP and streams 26 channels of audio perfectly via an M-Audio Profire2626 to my DAW, with low latency and absolutely no stutters or dropouts. The plastic and aluminum construction is a little on the flimsy side and flexes a lot so I exercise caution when moving the laptop or firewire cable around while it's plugged in. Overall, it does exactly what I need it to do for less money than other comparable cards.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Adam on May 30, 2012
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First things first, don't expect "Syba" or "SD-EXPC34-2F" to be written anywhere on the card. You're getting a Best-connectivity card (like in the picture). Anyway,
The card does indeed have the TI chipset and I was able to record 8 24-bit/48kHz tracks while playing back 8 more. You will want to get some kind of card stabilizer though because this sucker is pretty wobbly.

EDIT:
I've had this for about 9 months now and it is still going strong. It still seems like it's the first day I got it. Definitely have my money's worth out of it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 20, 2012
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I needed a FireWire adapter for my Lenovo laptop's ExpressCard slot so that I could operate a Canopus video capture box. (The Canopus box uses a 6-pin FireWire cable.) Though I eventually got the setup working OK, there were some problems with the Syba (labelled "Best Connectivity") card:

(1) I wanted a 6-pin FireWire card because the Canopus box can get DC power through the cable (the standard FireWire pinout has DC power on pin 1 and ground on pin 2). However, the Syba card does NOT provide bus DC voltage to the ports, so the Canopus device did not power up. (This omission should be made clear in the product description.) Instead, the Syba card has a 4.0/1.7mm coax DC power connector (visible in the picture on the side of the case) which requires a separate 12vDC AC adapter to energize pin 1. (Fortunately, I had one.)

(2) The ExpressCard slot on my Lenovo is designed to latch a card in place when pushed in, then release it when it is pushed again. The Syba card was apparently NOT designed to latch into this kind of slot - it is just held in by the friction of the contacts, which means it is easy to accidentally pull the card out, esp. when removing a cable. (In future, I will resort to duct tape to hold everything in place, esp. with the FireWire cable & AC adapter cord hanging off of the card.)

(3) Though FireWire devices are supposedly hot-pluggable, the moment I pushed the card into the ExpressCard slot Windows 7 froze solid. So, I can only insert the Syba card when the computer is shut down. (However, hot-unplugging the card does not cause a problem.)

The positives:

(1) Reasonable price

(2) With the card in place, on start-up Windows 7 automatically installed the right drivers for the TI chipset of the Syba card

(3) I have had no problems with FireWire data transfers through the card.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 5, 2011
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I use this unit on my laptop as the interface to my firewire audio interface for recording. This is a very critical thing and includes even the chipset for the 1394 interface. This has a TI chipset and works great for recording:

Recording Interface - Presonus FireTube
Recording software - Presonus Studio One x64
Windows 7 x64
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jason Honn on July 8, 2011
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I purchased this ExpressCard because the chipset in my laptop was not compatible with my Presonus audio gear. I plugged this new card in, and everything worked brilliantly. I have used it for about 2 months without a problem. I am very happy with this product especially considering it was half the price of similar cards.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Cleary on January 27, 2012
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I currently use a PreSonus Firebox for audio recording, music listening, and DJing. I bought this card after hours of trying to restore functionality to my HP EliteBook's onboard IEEE 1394 Firewire port. Apparently the only Firewire chipset that is guaranteed to work with all pro-audio gear is this one, manufactured by Texas Instruments. The card works flawlessly - literally a plug-and-play situation. It can be hot-swapped, and if bumped out of place, it is re-recognized in Windows 7 x64 (SP1) very quickly.

Pros:
-Inexpensive
-Has 2 Firewire 400 ports
-Has a DC barrel jack to supply power over the Firewire line
-Sounds just fine, works flawlessly

Cons:
-ExpressCard 34 form factor is very fragile in an ExpressCard 54 slot. I'd recommend buying one of these: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002GHTIRQ/
-Not the best physical construction, but unbeatable for the price

My setup:
-HP EliteBook 8560w
-Windows 7 Professional x64 (SP1)
-Used with PreSonus Firebox
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By roadrancher on April 15, 2011
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I was expecting something, somewhere to say Syba, all it says is Best Connectivity, neither label nor the package mention the TI chipset. But, if, f'rinstance, thou hast a Focusrite Saffire audio interface, and a 34 mm expresscard slot, you've got a painless way to get your recording interface happening. Awesome, it's hard to buy a laptop when you're not sure if it's going to play nicely with all the stuff you own. The firewire port cannot power the Saffire, like my G4 Powerbook could, you need the adapter. The Saffire hardware update failed the first time, but worked on pass # 2.
Lenovo G460, running Reason & Record on Saffire ASIO. STOKED! Definitely not the sturdiest device, but by the time you've got an express card poking out next to an esata drive, it's time to have a stable layout anyway.
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