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Griffin Announces FireWave: Surround Sound for Macs

NASHVILLE, TN – Wednesday, August 23, 2006.

Griffin Technology Inc., announced today that they have begun shipping FireWave, their affordable 5.1 Surround Sound solution for Macintosh.

FireWave extends to Mac users the ability to affordably and effectively upgrade their sound systems by way of their FireWire ports — with spectacular results.

FireWave's small size makes it easy to incorporate into any computer setup, and makes it portable enough for use with laptops. FireWave gets its power through the FireWire connection, so there are no separate cables, batteries, or power supplies to tote. FireWave's extra FireWire port lets you daisy-chain other FireWire devices, so it won't hog your FireWire port.

FireWave lets you enjoy Dolby Digital encoded DVDs in 5.1 surround, or use Dolby Prol Logic II to make any audio source alive, whether from iTunes, QuickTime, or streaming audio. In addition, FireWave’s support of multi-channel playback from cross-platform OpenAL games like World of Warcraft and Unreal Tournament make it a must-have for gamers.

Technical Specifications:

  • Complies with IEEE1394 specification
  • Sample Rates supported:
    • 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz and 96kHz playback in MBLA mode (non-Dolby)
    • 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz in Dolby Pro Logic II
    • 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

Pricing & Availability
Griffin FireWave is priced at $99.99 USD, and is now available at, and wherever quality Mac or FireWire accessories are sold.

About Griffin Technology
Griffin Technology has earned a reputation as the creative leader of innovative peripherals and accessories for Mac, PC, iPod and gaming. Find out more about Griffin's entire range of consumer electronics products at

Mac and FireWire are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. FireWave is a trademark of Griffin Technology, Inc. Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories. "Dolby", "Dolby Pro Logic II" and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories. All other trademarks referenced herein are the properties of their respective owners.

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