- Mac Compatible
Griffin 4019-FIRESS FireWave Surround Sound for Macs
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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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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!
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.
*********** 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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Its been hooked up to 3 Mac Notebooks now. Speakers are the Monsoon 5.1 Combo flat panel speaker with mid drivers and powered sub. Good results over the years. Read morePublished on December 25, 2013 by W. Johnson
It's easy to config FireWave and speakers! The sound is clear, brilliant and perfect! There's no better soundcard for MAC-Computers! I'm pleasantly surprised. Read morePublished on October 13, 2011 by dedamai
Great. Just great. I DJ with this, and it's the only thing under a billion dollars that will do the trick. If you can find one, grab it immediately.Published on May 22, 2010 by J. L. Brookes
i love this, i can now get 5.1 surround sound on my macbook!!!! i tried so many methods that lead no where and were just way to complex. Read morePublished on February 16, 2010 by Joshua Singh
Its compact and all the cables fit. The pro logich works on certain songs, meaning in some songs the sound improves
while in others it gets worse. Read more
Can't say there's anything bad with this product. It worked for what it was supposed to do.Published on February 2, 2010 by Doc Hack
Bought this device to salvage a set of 5.1 speakers purchased years ago with a PC. I just got a new Mac mini, and wanted to use the speakers with it. Read morePublished on January 13, 2010 by Bobby D