Griffin Technology Inc. is shipping the iFire amplifier and adapter for Apple Pro Speakers. With the US$39.95 device, you can use the orb-shaped speakers “with any computer in the world with FireWire,” according to Griffin Technology.
The Pro Speakers use a special connector called the Apple Pro Speaker Jack that’s available only on iMacs and Power Macs G4. No other system could use them until now. The iFire connects to any sound source via its included mini-jack cable and then attaches to the Pro Speakers. It’s powered by connecting its FireWire jack to the FireWire output of a computer.
With it, you can use the Apple Pro Speakers with such systems as PowerBooks, iBooks and the new Power Mac G5s. You can also play an iPod through the Pro Speakers using the iFire; it’s powered by the iPod power supply.
Griffin Technology is also offering a $12.99 APS Extension Cable, which increases the length of the Pro Speakers’ cable reach. There’s also a Griffin Pro Speaker Breakout Cable that lets you use the iFire to drive home hi-fi speakers; it costs US$25.