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Firestone Audio Fireye II USB DAC/Headphones Amplifier


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  • Amplifier Structure: Class A/B
  • Power Structure: USB or Optional 5VDC external power supply (available separately)
  • Headphone Impedance: 32 - 600 Ohms
  • Circuit Protection: Short circuit and temperature protection
  • Support Format: 16-bit, 32 / 44.1 kHz/ 48 kHz

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Technical Details

  • The new Fireye II is the 'smaller than a deck of cards' headphone amp you'll love for superior audio performance and super convenience. The Fireye II takes the USB signal from your computer and performs a high quality digital to analog conversion. You'll instantly hear improved dynamics and deep musical detail, not to mention a BIG boost in power. The USB powered Fireye II is always ready for action. The small size makes it perfect for taking on the road. It has the extra power you need to drive

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • ASIN: B002BFH1X6
  • Item model number: Fireye II
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 13, 2004

Product Description

The new Fireye II is the 'smaller than a deck of cards' headphone amp you'll love for superior audio performance and super convenience. The Fireye II takes the USB signal from your computer and performs a high quality digital to analog conversion. You'll instantly hear improved dynamics and deep musical detail, not to mention a BIG boost in power. The USB powered Fireye II is always ready for action. The small size makes it perfect for taking on the road. It has the extra power you need to drive your good headphones. You hear your music, CDs and DVDs with increased detail and clarity. The Fireye II also doubles as a low jitter USB to S/PDIF converter. That's right, the Fireye II lets you to connect an optical cable (to the headphone output jack) and send a digital signal to an outboard DAC or AV Reciever. Play your computer music on your stereo or home theatre system with remarkable fidelity.

Customer Reviews

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pipps on August 3, 2010
The reviewer who said that the volume of this unit cannot be controlled within Windows is entirely mistaken.

The plain truth is that the Fireye is automatically recognised and installed as a USB soundcard by either Windows XP or Ubuntu Linux, automatically. Your computer's default software will take care of it all immediately. Now I control the volume of the earphone output of the Fireye using my Windows Control Panel, or my VolumeMouse scroll-wheel volume control plugin.

The Fireye has it's own physical volume control as well, but I don't touch this. I don't need to. As for the green light... I simply turn the unit 90' so that it is facing towards the side wall. Try finding any USB DAC without some sort of coloured power light on it to indicate that it is working.

I bought this USB DAC earphone amp a year ago because it was the cheapest of its kind on the market. The sound quality through my FutureSonics Atrio M5 earphones has blown me away. I have not once regretted it's purchase.

Sure, there are probably better Burr-Brown codec USB DAC headphone amps out there - starting at trebble the price. But I have not noticed any audible artefacts, clipping, or distortion issues with this simple device. Even when running my earphones very loud. I am glad that I invested at the bottom end of the market. There is clearly abundant value to be had.

I whole heartedly recommend this as the cheapest possible USB soundcard solution for anyone. For either earphones, headphones, or for driving a 3.5" jack to your desktop PC speakers.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Roy Gordon on February 13, 2010
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Terrific sound, light weight, great price!! Great in the house, great on the plane. What more is there to say?

One of my sons is an audiophile headphone junkie. He lent me an excellent set of phones and told me to get this unit. I did and it just sounded fantastic. I have a low high end audio system so I think I have some basis for judgment.

But, I'm really not a phones type of guy. But this unit can power my PC speakers. What a difference!! Youtube music videos now were actually listenable!!!

In addition, when I flew cross country I took this unit with my netbook and a set of noise canceling phones. I spent most of the flight listening to music at audio quality so superior to what I had ever experienced on a plane. And I never before had been impressed with the audio quality of these phones, mostly listening through my ipod.

I got great support from the company that makes this when I had a problem with another one of their products. I even got a call from their main tech guy/designer!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By T. Marimon on March 20, 2010
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This is not quite worth $80 in my opinion. It is OK in terms of quality, but there is a major problem with the headphone amp. At lower volumes, you can definitely hear it amplifying one side higher than the other side, but then as you increase the volume a little more, the two sides will become more balanced. I don't know if my unit is defective, but I almost want to return it because of this. Additionally, it stops amplifying after a certain point. And even at lower volumes you can definitely still hear some hiss, something you don't get with higher-end DACs/Headphone Amps.

It does drive my headphones a lot harder than the built-in outputs (MacBook Pro), so it does do what it's supposed to. It is definitely a boost in quality, too, but I did expect a little more. It is great that it is literally plug and play. It just works.

The construction feels fairly solid, but I think it is almost too light. I was honestly expecting it to be a bit larger and have a little more weight to it, altho, now that I look at the picture, I don't know why I was expecting it to be larger.

I am still debatting if I'm going to keep it or if I'm going to try to buy something a little better.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Adam on April 12, 2010
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For a quick and dirty little portable digital amplifier, the Fireye II does the job.

However, there are some things you should know about this device before purchase:
- It only contains a single digital input, via USB (no 3.5mm analog input)
- On most computer systems, if you use USB for audio output you will be unable to adjust the volume via computer controls and instead must use the physical volume slider built into the amplifier. This is due to the signal being purely digital. You can compensate for this with special software (SoundFlowerBed on Mac, etc) but just something to keep in mind
- I did notice a slight sound imbalance at lower volumes like another reviewer here
- I expected the maximum amount of amplification (highest volume setting) to be much higher but seems to work okay for my purposes
- The green LED cannot be turned off, though it isn't too blindingly bright
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MB on October 2, 2012
Wow. I read the other reviews, but this little gem is a no-brainer for laptop audio. Very well constructed.
Plugged in = instant music. Others had mentioned the volume imbalance at low levels, but this is not noticeable.
Amp renders instruments and vocals much much more cleanly, with great separation and distinctness, so that the bass guitar does not just get muddled in with the floor tom.
I am using headphones that range from 18 to 32 ohms and all work fine. The unit specifies 32-600 but it does not seem to be a problem.
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