Griffin ship FireWave 5.1 Surround Sound solution

Griffin Technology has begun shipping FireWave, its 5.1 Surround Sound solution for Macintosh.

FireWave allows Mac users to upgrade their sound systems and add 5.1 Surround Sound quality via their FireWire ports. FireWave gets its power through the FireWire connection, so there are no separate cables, batteries or power supplies needed. An additional 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.

For ease of use FireWave's rear panel ports are colour-coded to make speaker connections easy. Griffin FireWave is priced at £69 inc VAT.

XtremeMac offers iPod charging on the move

XtremeMac has introduced two new additions to it's range of Apple devices.

The InCharge Traveler is a global charging kit retailing for $79.95, while the MicroPack at $99.95 offers a portable battery and media dock.

Compatible with all dock connector-equipped iPod models the InCharge Traveler includes four wall adapters that switch between 120V and 240V outlets. It also includes a 12V car adapter and an “empower” adapter that will work on some commercial airlines. Meanwhile the MicroPack is designed to power the iPod when its internal battery gets low, with up to 80 hours of additional battery power for audio or up to 8 hours of video playback time claimed by the manufacturers.

The MicroPack angles the iPod’s screen for optimal viewing, and features two headphone ports with independent volume controls. Both starting shipping in the US on September 1.