FireWave is Griffin Technologie’s new 5.1 surround sound solution for Macintosh, which powers up via the Mac’s FireWire ports.
FireWave also features an extra FireWire port, so you can daisy-chain other FireWire devices, if necessary.
Griffin says FireWave’s small size means it’s not only an option for a desktop but also portable enough for use with laptops. You can use it to either listen to Dolby Digital encoded DVDs in 5.1 surround, or use Dolby Pro Logic II to convert any audio source such as iTunes, QuickTime or streaming audio.
FireWave also supports multi-channel playback from cross-platform OpenAL games such as World of Warcraft and Unreal Tournament – which is sure to please gamers.
· Complies with IEEE1394 specification
· Sample Rates supported:
o 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz and 96kHz playback in MBLA mode (non-Dolby)
o 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz in Dolby Pro Logic II
o 48kHz Encoded Digital in Dolby Digital
· Outputs: 6-Channel, 24-bit
· Frequency Response: (-3dBr, 24-bit 48kHz input) = < 20Hz – 20kHz
· Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 100dB
· Powered by the Oxford Semiconductor FW970
RRP: $99 USD