Yes and you can get these cables just about anywhere
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iMacs produced between 1998-2009 had Firewire 400 (6 pin). iMacs produced after October 2009 had Firewire 800 (9 pin). All new iMacs have Firewire 800 (9 pin). There's a good reference article here:
The Weiss Dac 2 has Firewire 400, so if your iMac is older than Oct 2009, you'll need a FW 400 cable like this:
If your iMac is newer than Oct 2009, you'll need a FW400 to FW800 cable like this:
Or you can use a FW400 cable with a FW800 adaptor on one end:
The recent generation iMac's do not have a Firewire 400 port. They have a Firewire 800 port instead, which uses a 9-pin connector. You would need a 9-pin to 6-pin cable, also known as a "bilingual" cable. Granite Digital makes some good ones, although they are a bit more expensive than run-of-the-mill cables.
Firewire 800 is backwards compatible with Firewire 400 devices except for the cable type.
I've just found a Pioneer DVD Elite DVD 47Ai player with iLink (aka FireWire).
I want to rip my personal CD's to Apple Lossless format via FireWire and store them on the Mac. Where will I find the necessary drivers to see FireWire as an input choice on my Mac running 10.5? Or do I need to upgrade to 10.6 and load Garage Band to get FireWire input drivers?
Or am I completely wrongheaded, and I really need some intermediate hardware that I don't know about yet?
thanks very much for any tips/tricks.
Bruce, when you connect the Pioneer to the Mac via Firewire, and you insert a disk into the Pioneer, the disk should appear on the Mac desktop. You shouldn't have to install any drivers. If the disk doesn't show up, it could mean a number of problems. It could be a bad Firewire port, or a bad Firewire cable, or a problem with the Pioneer.
But I have to ask why you want to do this in the first place? If your Mac has an internal cd/dvd drive, you should use that to rip your music. If it doesn't have a cd drive (or it's broken), then the Pioneer makes sense.
I hope this helps.