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Griffin 5.1 audio solution for Mac

updated 09:45 am EDT, Wed August 23, 2006

FireWave 5.1 audio ships

Griffin Technology announced that it is shipping FireWave, its affordable 5.1 Surround Sound solution for Mac. FireWave extends to Mac users the ability to affordably and effectively upgrade their sound systems using their FireWire ports. The compact FireWave is easy to incorporate into most computer setups, and portable enough for use with laptops. The bus-powered FireWave receives power from the FireWire port (and thus requires no extra connections.) There are 3 minijack (3.5mm) outputs 6 channels for Left and Right, Center and Subwoofer, and Surround Left and Right speakers. FireWave supports Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II, and additional audio configurations through Mac OS X's Audio MIDI Setup utility. Available immediately, the Griffin FireWave costs $100 from the Griffin online store or retail partners. [images included]

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  1. tomodachi

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This thing went on preorder in January.


    Finally they're shipping it? Just wow. Needless to say, I cancelled my preorder last fall. It's ridiculous. I think Griffin makes cools stuff but they have got to stop announcing s*** 1.5 years before they can ship it.

  1. IvoryTower

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: wow

    Agreed. Pre-order for 1-3 months is one thing ... 17 months is something else entirely.

    When I first read about the FireWave, I was totally stoked: $99 for a Mac first, FireWire based audio solution sounded like a dream come true. That's where the love stopped though. Lack of digital output (coax, optical) and solid release date pushed me toward the M-Audio Sonica Theater. I'm not bitter though ... the MAST is a wonderful, flexible device and a joy to use. However, if Griffin adds digital out on the rev. B units, I might pick one up for the increased bandwidth ;)

  1. GreenMnM

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RE: WoW

    Well, Griffin was showcasing a prototype model at the Macworld Expo in New York City in July, 2002, so 17 months of pre-orders is just about right!

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