View Full Version : ESI Quatafire 610 firewire audio info?

Dec 27, 2004, 10:47 PM
Hello, all.

Admittedly, I'm new to the Mac audio scene, although I've been a long-time Mac user.

Recently, I've been looking into buying the ESI Quatafire 610 firewire audio interface for use with my 12" Powerbook. However, I cannot seem to find any information about the digital inputs and outputs.

My question: Will I be able to output the surround sound from Apple's DVD Player (4.0, I have Panther) using the coax digital output located on the back? ESI's website is absolutely horrendous, and the downloadable manual doesn't even mention digital output. Anyone have this product already or know anything about it? I was previously considering the M-audio firewire 410, but I read about the hot-plug issue, and that dissuaded me from buying it...

Any help is appreciated!


Dec 27, 2004, 11:02 PM
Duff-Man says...I always hate to send people to another forum...but for audio stuff on OS X your best bet really is the forums over at OS X Audio (http://osxaudio.com/) - in the hardware forum there are a few threads about the Quatafire (do a search there to find them)....I didn't read them all so I can't say if they will answer your question though.....oh yeah!

Dec 28, 2004, 09:51 AM
Thanks Duff-man! I've actually already browsed/searched osxaudio's forum, but no one mentioned this specific ability/lack thereof. Ironically, I found the ESI systems Japanese website, and it has much more information about the Quatafire 610 than the American one (including pictures implying 5.1/7.1 output), but I can't read Japanese and Babelfish didn't quite work :(

I think the problem with finding information on this product is that it is so new that few people have it!


Dec 21, 2005, 03:02 AM
Hi just wondering if you ended up getting this interface and how it worked out for you. The specs look great and everything i just wondered how well it worked, stability, latency etc.