Does the iFire come with all the cables I need to attach it to my computer?
Yes. Our iFire ships with two cables. It ships with a standard 3′ long 6 pin FireWire cable plus a standard 3′ long 1/8″ male to male stereo audio cable.
How big is the iFire? Will it fit in my laptop case?
The iFire is only 2″ by 3 1/2″ by 3/4″ and it weighs less then 3 ounces.
As long as your laptop case has a pocket that meets the iFire measurements, then yes, it should fit in your laptop case.
How does the iFire operate?
Powered by the FireWire port, the iFire acts as an amplifier, boosting the signal it receives from the audio output on your computer.
What kind of ports are on the iFire?
The iFire has 3 ports, one for power, one for audio, and one for connecting Speakers.
The first port is the FireWire port, (Fig 1.) The iFire draws power via the FireWire port in order to provide an amplified audio signal to Apple’s Pro Speakers. The iFire does not use FireWire to transmit audio. It is used only to provide power. Connect the supplied FireWire cable from this port to a FireWire port on your Mac or PC. Keep in mind that your PC must have a 6 pin FireWire connector for this to work.
(Note: When using the iFire with an iPod, DO NOT connect the iFire’s FireWire cable directly to your iPod as the iPod cannot supply power to the iFire. You must connect the iFire to the iPod’s AC power adapter via the supplied FireWire cable.)
The second port is the Audio Input port, (Fig 2.) It is a standard 1/8″ stereo mini-plug port. You will connect your audio device to the iFire using this port. Practically any device with audio output (iPod, Mac, PC, CD player, etc.) can be used with the iFire. While your audio device does not have to have a FireWire port in order to be used with the iFire, the iFire MUST be connected to a FireWire port in order to function (see iPod example above).
The third port is the Pro Speaker port, (Fig. 3.) This port can accept either a set of Apple Pro Speakers or the Griffin Pro Speaker Breakout Cable (which allows the iFire to power a pair of standard, non-powered speakers). Standard 1/8″ stereo mini-plugs WILL NOT fit into this port.
How do I use my iPod with the iFire and my Apple Pro Speakers?
If you want to use the iFire with only the iPod, these instructions will help you set it up:
- Attach the FireWire cable from the FireWire port on the iFire to the FireWire port on the iPod charger (not the iPod).
- Connect the 1/8″ stereo cable from the audio input port on the iFire to the headphone port on the iPod.
- Now plug your Apple Pro Speakers into the iFire and you are ready to listen to your music. Be sure to adjust the volume of the iPod to about 80%.
The 3rd Generation iPods include a Dock with a line level audio output. You can use this port to provide audio for the iFire however you will not be able to control the output volume of the iPod to the speakers. We recommend using the headphone output on the iPod because this will allow you to control the volume of the music that is being played.
You can adjust the settings within the iPod for different EQ settings. Try out different settings to see how you like the sound quality. “Dance” sounds good through speakers for many folks.
Can I use the iFire with my laptop computer?
Yes, as long as the laptop has a built in 6 pin FireWire port. FireWire ports (IEEE 1394 or iLink) that use a 4 pin connector do not provide any power. They are used for data transfer only.
Also, be sure to keep the laptop plugged into a power source if you will be using the iFire for extended periods of time.
I hear static when I plug in my speakers. Is this normal?
If you hear any static or other distortion when using the iFire then first check all your connections. Make sure they are seated all the way into the ports. If necessary try wiggling the headphone 1/8″ stereo connections at each end of the cable to assure proper contact. Adjust the volume output of the device you are using to a lower setting and see if the distortion goes away. If you have done all these things and the issue persists then call us so that we can discuss the issue in more detail.
Can I use other kinds of speakers with the iFire?
The iFire was designed to use Apple’s Pro Speakers which use a proprietary connector. Since other speakers do not have this connector they cannot be directly attached to the iFire.
If I have the iFire attached to my computer, can I use another audio source other than the audio from my computer?
Yes, you can. As long as the iFire is receiving power via the FireWire port from a computer or an iPod AC charger, then you can use any audio source that uses a standard 1/8″ audio connector. Most audio devices such as MP3 players, portable radios, and Mini Disc players use this type of audio connector and can be used directly with the iFire.