Most DAC’s with a FireWire interface are pro-gear.
Few brands address the consumer market.


The TC Audio DICE chip is often used for the Firewire connection.

A lot of Firewire DACs use adaptive mode just like their USB counterparts.


Other than Metric Halo all the Firewire protocols work the same way adaptive does. That means any company using TC Electronics Firewire (From the Oxford set).
Only Metric Halo has an Async Firewire setup, everyone else is not.
J. Gordon Rankin


Mytek claims their Firewire interface is async.


Apogee Duet US$495.00

  • Two channels of professional-quality 24-bit/96kHz audio input and output
  • Two balanced XLR inputs, with selectable 48V phantom power on each input
  • Two unbalanced high impedance instrument inputs
  • One high-level stereo headphone output
  • Two unbalanced -10 dBV line outputs for powered speakers
  • Multi-function controller knob for volume and input gain control and assignable MIDI control
  • Multi-segment LED meters to display input or output levels
  • FireWire 400, compatible with Mac OS X Core Audio
  • Control functions built directly into Apple’s Logic Pro, Soundtrack Pro and GarageBand
  • Compatible with any Core Audio-compliant audio application
  • Apogee’s Maestro software for advanced control and low latency mixing
  • Dimensions: 4" W x 6.3" L x 1.5" H

The Duet2 is USB only.

KRK Ergo US$450.00

Firewire DAC with roomcorrection.

RoomPerfect ( Lyngdorf Audio) corrects up to 500 Hz

OSX and Win7 32/64 drivers

ASIO driver


Processing 400MHz Analog Devices Blackfin® DSP
RoomPerfect Algorithm Sample Rate 96KHz
Room Correction Frequencies 20-500Hz
Room correction Filter 1024 tap Finite Impulse Response
S/PDIF Input Operating Range 44.1 kHz to 96 kHz
S/PDIF conformity IEC60958-3
Dynamic Range 96 dB system (component 118dB)
System THD+N <0.025% using 0 dBFS input and 22-22kHz Band Pass Filter
Internal Sample Rates 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz
Maximum Microphone Input Level -32 dBu
Maximum Line input Level +19 dBu
Maximum Line Output Level +19 dBu
Firewire Implementation Dual 1394a (Firewire400) ports
Dimensions: 180mm (7") x 55mm (2.2") x 107mm (4.2")
Microphone Length: 197mm (7.75")
Weight: 610g (21.5 oz)
Power: 1394 Bus or External 12v
Operating Temperature Range: 40° F (4° C) to 110° F (43° C)

Review in Sound on Sound

Metric Halo Mobile I/O ULN-2 $1,695.00

  • 2 Mic/Line/Instrument analog inputs on Neutrik Combo connectors
  • Balanced TRS analog sends and returns for analog inputs
  • 2 analog outputs on balanced TRS connectors
  • 24bit/96k converters on all channels
  • Headphone amp with front panel volume knob
  • Balanced stereo master control room monitor output with front panel volume control
  • AES-S/PDIF Digital I/O with selectable SRC
  • Onboard 80-bit multibus mixer for near-zero latency mixing and routing
  • 4-pin XLR power port for compatibility with most location battery systems
  • 9 front panel preset system/routing memories for stand-alone operation
  • FireWire Connectivity
  • Compact, light, and bus-powerable

Mytek Stereo192-DSD-DAC USD $1,695.00


  • Asynchronous USB2 with driver (Rigisystems )up to 192 kHz
  • Asynchronous Firewire 400/800 (TC Electronics)
  • Conversion: 32bit, PCM up to 192k, 64xDSD, 128xDSD.
  • Dynamic Range: 128dB (ESS Sabre chipset in 8 mono to 2 stereo config.) THD DAC: -110dB.
  • Digital Audio Inputs: SPDIF, AES/EBU, Toslink all up to 192k single wire.
    (64xDSD and 128XDSD SDIF DSD interface on Mastering Version).
  • Clock: Internal Clock Generator (10ps jitter), Wordclock In and Out, or sync to incoming digital audio input with low jitter JET (tm) PLL.
  • Internal Async Hardware Upsampling- 16bit 44.1k etc. can be optionally upsampled prior to conversion to 192k/24bit with clock jitter eliminated.
  • Transparent, 1dB stepped programmable analog attenuator, separate for main out and headphones.

Various models including one with headphone and pre-amp function.

A tread on a forum including Michal from Mytek.

PrismSound Orpheus $4,495.00

  • ASIO and WDM drivers provided for Windows XP and VISTA
  • Directly compatible with CORE AUDIO on Mac OS X 10.4+ (Intel & PPC)
  • Eight "Prism Sound" premium-quality AD and DA channels
  • Concurrent operation of ADAT and switchable S/PDIF or AES3 ports


RME Fireface 400 $1299.00


Input AD: 6 x 1/4" TRS (4 x Line, 2 x Line/Instrument), 2 x XLR/TRS Combo connector (2 x Mic/Line), all servo-balanced.

Output DA: 6 x 1/4" TRS, servo-balanced, DC-coupled signal path. 1 x 1/4" TRS unbalanced

Input Digital: 1 x ADAT optical or SPDIF optical, SPDIF coaxial (AES/EBU compatible)

Output Digital: 1 x ADAT optical or SPDIF optical, SPDIF coaxial (AES/EBU compatible)

MIDI: 2 x MIDI I/O via breakout cable (4 x 5-pin DIN jacks), for 32 channels low jitter hi-speed MIDI

2 x FireWire 400

Dynamic range AD: 110 dB RMS unweighted, 113 dBA

THD AD: < -100 dB (< 0.001 %)

THD+N AD: < -98 dB (< 0.0012 %)

Crosstalk AD: > 110 dB

Dynamic range DA: 110 dB RMS unweighted, 113 dBA (unmuted)

THD DA: -100 dB (0.001 %)

THD+N DA: -96 dB (0.0015 %)

Crosstalk DA: > 110 dB

Input/Output level for 0 dBFS @ Hi Gain: +19 dBu

Input/Output level for 0 dBFS @ +4 dBu: +13 dBu

Input/Output level for 0 dBFS @ -10 dBV: +2 dBV

Sample rate internally: 32, 44.1, 48, 64, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 128, 176.4, 192 kHz

Sample rate externally: 28 kHz - 200 kHz

Frequency response AD/DA, -0.1 dB: 5 Hz - 20.4 kHz (sf 44.1 kHz)

Frequency response AD/DA, -0.5 dB: 1 Hz - 43.3 kHz (sf 96 kHz)

Frequency response AD/DA, -1 dB: 1 Hz

Weiss DAC2 D/A Converter $3000.00


The DAC2 supports the following conversions:

  • FireWire to analog
  • AES/EBU to analog
  • FireWire to AES/EBU
  • AES/EBU to FireWire

Inputs: Digital Audio inputs on FireWire (two connectors), XLR, RCA and Toslink.


  • Stereo analog output on XLR and RCA.
  • Digital Audio output on FireWire, XLR and RCA.

Sampling Rates, Wordlength: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz at up to 24 Bits.

Software: Drivers for Windows™ and OSX™ operating systems.

Weiss Minerva $5000.00

Another faceplate, another feet and you have the audiophile version of the DAC2

DICE - TC Applied Technologies