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Wednesday May 19, 2004
12:17 AM

iFire

[ #18819 ]

I bought a 17" iMac recently, and it came with Apple Pro Speakers, which are nice, but I have some 20-watt powered studio monitors, so I don't need them. And they don't really work with anything other than the iMac, and Power Mac G4.

I happened to notice Griffin has the iFire, which changes that. Basically, the speaker cable for the speakers sends both power and signal. The iFire combines the two, using a standard 1/8" stereo audio cable for the audio signal, and FireWire for the power. You can plug the audio cable into any audio source, and the FireWire cable into either the FireWire jack of your Mac, or the iPod power adapter.

So now I have a compact stereo system to travel with. I bring the iPod with me anyway, so I just add the two relatively small speakers, the iPod adapter, the iFire, and a couple of cables.

The one drawback is that I don't have readily available iPod power. I either need to make sure the iPod is powered up enough, or plug the iPod into its adapter and the iFire into my laptop (since I always travel with that too).

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  • find a power outlet

    plug in your firewire hub [belkin.com]

    Into your firewire hub, plug in your ipod (either directly, or indirectly through your ipod dock).

    Into your firewire hub, also plug in the firewire cable from ifire.

    Into your ipod (or ipod dock) plug in the audio cable from ifire.

    Into your ifire, plug in your speakers.

    Find a small baggie or box to hold all these components when you want to take your portable stereo/jukebox on the road :)

    -matt
  • note: that's not the cheapest powered firewire hub available, or even the cheapest source for that particular hub. You'd do well to shop around a bit if you wanted to go that route.

    -matt