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Griffin 4019-FIRESS FireWave Surround Sound for Macs

3 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

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  • ¿ The first and only FireWire Surround Sound for Mac
  • ¿ Powered by FireWire connection, no extra cables
  • ¿ Features an extra FireWire port for chaining devices
  • ¿ Small size makes it easy to incorporate into any computer setup
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Technical Details

  • Mac Compatible

Product Description

The Griffin FireWave gives you what you have been missing in your Mac experience - Surround Sound. FireWave has Dolby Digital¿ processors to bring Surround Sound to Macs for gaming, DVD players and iTunes. With the multitude of 5.1 surround sound speakers for PCs readily available, FireWave gives Mac users the ability to affordably upgrade their sound systems, with spectacular results.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 5.4 x 1.4 x 7.9 inches
Item Weight 2.4 pounds
Shipping Weight 11.4 ounces
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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ASIN B000A09IUS
Item model number 4019-FIRESS
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3 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,586 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Computer Accessories > Audio & Video Accessories > Computer Speakers
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at Amazon.com February 6, 2006

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Verified Purchase
I am using this with a PPC mac mini and it works great! This is the first true external 5.1 audio solution for the mac and it does not dissapoint. It uses a combination of the mac midi settings and its own software. Audio quality is crisp and clean. I would recommend this product for sure!

It was really easy to setup. All you had to do was plug it in and it showed up right away in the midi settings. Just select it as your prefered device and you are good to go!
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I bought this FireWave to provide 5.1 speaker outputs from my MacPro. It works fine, but I found that buying a set of Logitech Z-5500 speakers and using the Mac's optical output a better route to go. Bottom line is that if you have a Mac running OSX 10.3.9 and above, but no surround outputs, this FireWire driven external sound card works well. If you have an optical output (MacPro, MacBookPro, etc.) consider new speakers with an optical audio input.
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I spent lots of time trying to find a decent sound card for my macbook--one that could work with my 4.1 klipsch system and also look like it belonged on my desk. The Firewave does all of the above, with a few exceptions.

I found that my mac sometimes cannot figure out how to send sound from mono sources (internet content and movies from my digital camera) when it is in the surround sound (Pro Logic II) mode. I have to restart the program with the surround option turned off in order to hear the sound. I look forward to software updates that will fix this problem in the future.

However, for my iTunes and iDVD sound, the FireWave is perfect: it sends clear 3D sound to all of my speakers. I think it is worth the hassle and I would make this purchase again.
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I've been trying to use the Firewave with a G5 iMac and a Logitech 5.1 setup. My results are very inconsistent. I cannot get the "virtual surround" Prologic II mode to work at all. Just silence when it's turned on. Surround sound DVDs and DVD-As :: sometimes they'll play in surround sound, sometimes they'll just be silent. It's impossible to tell what makes what work or not. There is nothing in the Troubleshooting guide that comes with the product that helps you out with these issues. Probably a waste of your money.
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After installing the software on the CD and testing out the Firewave card . . . I started to notice that the songs from my iTunes were skipping quite a bit. I played around the Firewave settings for a while but nothing helped with the skipping problem. This problem is frequent enough for one not to just ignore it . . . this is in fact would be what I consider a show-stopper. The other minor issue is that the Firewave application has to be running all the time if you want surround sound. The settings in the Firewave app keep resetting themselves with each time you open the application, thus requiring the user to manually set the settings everytime the Firewave application is opened. That is absolutely asinine.

*********** UPDATE ***********
okay, i've contacted the company about the problem and they believed it was due to a faulty firewire cable that came with the product. they shipped a free cable out to me, and it fixed the problem.
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This is an external firewire sound card enclosed in a small white compact case, which provides Surround Sound, Dolby Digital processors supporting up to five channels and a subwoofer. It comes with software CD and a firewire cable, which draws its power from your computer. While I do not own a 5.1 surround sound set of speakers I did connect it to my JBL Creature II speakers into my G4 Power PC laptop and was able to enjoy my iTunes songs with a greater degree of pleasure. Watching DVD movies also sounds so much better using the FireWave.

The device did not initially work, however after contacting the Griffin help desk (no 1-800 number) I was able to obtain the help needed to get the device working. Support for the FirwWave is located on Griffin's home page [...] under Hardware (RocketFM).

Since I am not a technophile these are from the Griffin website as far as the technical specifications:

"Audio Ports: 3 - 1/8" (3.5mm) stereo minijacks (Left/Right, Center/Subwoofer, Left Surround/Right Surround)
FireWire Ports: 2
Supported Audio Formats: Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II
Additional audio configurations are supported through Mac OS X's Audio MIDI Setup utility
Frequency Response: 20-20,000Hz
Line-out voltage: 2Vpp
Size: 132mm (5.20") wide x 77mm (2.83") deep x 25mm (0.98") tall

Listening to surround sound while on my G4 Power Pc is a real treat. You just do not realize the quality of sound that the FireWire helps produce through your external speakers. I'm going to be acquiring a 5.1 set of speakers in the near future, as I know that the full capability of the FireWave will shine forth.

FireWave ships for $[...] and requires Mac OS X Panther or later. They have an updated download - V1.0.
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When I upgraded from a G4 to a MacPro I found out late that I couldn't use my M-Audio Revolution 7.1 (not really a bad thing) so I needed a way to get my sound out to my great 5.1 Swan speakers. I searched and searched for something reasonable and finally came across the FireWave. It was very easy to connect and even easier to use. I was particularly thrilled with the DD decoding and my DVDs sound great and EyeTV even better than before. When Griffin gets the software really dialed this will be a 5 star product.
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