Griffin Powerwave review, 2008

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by popcornjuice, May 13, 2008.

  1. popcornjuice macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2008
    hey, i just wanted to do a write up on a product gem i found on ebay & have been doing research on for a few years now, the griffin Powerwave. yeah i know, big whoop, seen it & seen it discontinue. but i have been looking for this or the ifire since they were done away with to use my pro speakers again as well as to hook up a pair of high end home audio speakers to my computer.

    now that ifire & powerwave are hard to find, people bump the prices up on new & used ones & i have even seen ifire up to nearly $300. . yeah right.

    so, i found a new powerwave for only $35 shipped, new. i took it out of the box & noticed it felt like a cheap usb modem. . too light to do anything it claims.

    i tried out my pro speakers, & they were reborn. . .nothing to get excited about, but at least i can run my ipod off of them.

    the real beauty was the pro speaker breakout cable. i hooked up a pair of acoustimass bose cubes & nearly sh*t myself when i tested them out on Cloverfield. the volume was on 2 bar, as per 6 bar on my soundsticks. VERY loud & clear on my mac pro. just for kicks, i pulled out a very old set of 3 way bookshelf speakers that came with my old 10 year shelf system & they too blasted out wonderful 2.0 audio as if i were sitting in front of 2 infinity or harman/kardon tower speakers.

    the rca out & in are matched with cables, provided by griffin & can easily be hooked up to any device by the rca or 3.5 outlet for recording. . .but for now i will mainly use them for stereo use on the computer.

    now that i have written all this, i notice now there was another review in 2005. . .very well written & i just want to add to djtonypsalms review saying if you can get ahold of this device for speaker use at a good price, you will not regret it.

  2. MiMo1 macrumors newbie

    May 18, 2008
    Griffin Powerwave

    Sounds like a great device.

    Why was it that both this device & the iFire were discontinued?

    Also where do I get one for $ 35? I'm UK based and I know that things are over-priced here but that does sound cheap.


  3. popcornjuice thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2008
    strange that both were discontinued & both worked well in keeping mac junkies happy with using their pro speakers other than what came with the cube usb pro speakers.

    in all honesty, i have always wanted the pro speaker breakout cable to use ANY home speaker for my needs, such as a high end 2way to 3way bookshelf speaker. the plus side is if i need a recording input, i have it as well.

    ebay is your friend. i have checked & there are a few powerwaves for sale. . . some new some used, which is mostly the case. there was one in germany starting at 0.99 & one in uk for 10.00 & for sale in uk for 119.95.

    best of luck
  4. MSD401 macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2006
    Ogden, UT
  5. popcornjuice thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2008
    from what i understand that replaced both devices. however, you would have to use 3.5mm jacks for multiple speakers. . .being that you would have to customize a splice or find speakers already fitted to a stereo minijack that come in sets. yeah you get 5.1, but you spend the extra $ if you do not have the 5.1 system too. . .just a thought

    the great part about the powerwave was the prospeaker breakout cable. if you were not using it for audio there is always the route of pro monitors like audioengine & m-audio.

    i do like the firewire power of the firewave. . . the powerwave uses 12v & has a mid line transformer box. then run off usb if you are using it via computer vs ipod or whatever. what i understand is that the firewave is not an amp while the powerwave is in fact an amp. . .correct me if i am wrong though.
  6. MiMo1 macrumors newbie

    May 18, 2008
    Another "Legacy" product

    It would appear that Griffin plan to stop this product still. They obviously make an initial batch & if it does not sell in millions (like the iPod) they drop it like a hot brick!

    The iFire appeared to be the ideal solution but needed the breakout cable for full versatility.


  7. The-Pro macrumors 65816

    Dec 2, 2010
    Any chance of getting a griffin ifire to this time? preferably one in europe?

    my girlfriend gave me some apple pro speakers for christmas, because I wanted to get an imac g4 a couple weeks back with these speakers. I love that imac and she decided to buy me the apple pro speakers not knowing the have that weird audio jack. I didnt even know when i looked at the imac :D
    so now i have these wonderful speakers and no way to use them :(
    i havnt found a single ifire in my vascinity, sadly. I wanted to use the pro speakers with my i7 MBP at my second home where i dont have my logitech sound system.

    is ifire still the only proper solution, which guaranteed would work? and if they are like 200-300€ then screw ifire i will look for a imac g4 :D and have i tunes running over it :p

    thanks guys

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