Echo Audio AudioFire 2 review

  • £149

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Our Verdict

If you want to look good while making music, this is for you.

For

  • Looks fantastic. Perfect for mobile DJs.

Against

  • Perhaps more style than substance. Switching between headphones and monitor is tedious. Expensive.
Buying options

The AudioFire2 is one of the cutest FireWire audio interface's we've seen.

Just a little bigger than an iPod, its compact design and attractive styling make it one of the most aesthetically pleasing bits of hardware ever to land on our test bench.

Hands on

Despite its small size, the AudioFire2 offers all the basic connectivity you might require. There are mono 1/4-inch jack ins and outs (a pair of each), plus a headphone mini-jack with its own volume control.

You're given an extra FireWire port for daisy-chaining devices, and an included widget can be attached to the back of the unit to provide MIDI and S/PDIF I/O.

The interface comes bundled with a copy of Tracktion 1, which isn't bad, but is a little outdated (version 3 of the software has not long been released).

In use

One thing that should be pointed out is that the headphone jack is set up as a second output.
This means that, in order to use it, you have to specify it as your output of choice in your software or your system's audio preferences.

This is annoying if you regularly switch between headphone and monitor outs, though the capability to have two separate stereo outputs makes the AudioFire2 perfect for mobile DJs.

Although its £150 price is a little steep – Behringer's similar FCA202 costs less than half that – The AudioFire2 performs well and will definitely appeal to the style-conscious.

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Tech Specs

Available Inputs1/4
Available Outputs2 x 1/4 6.4mm Stereo Headphone Jack
OS RequirementsApple Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later Microsoft Windows Vista Microsoft Windows XP
Ram Required (MB)256
Recommended Hard Disk Space (MB)512
Additional FeaturesPocket sized (3.5in x 4.25in x 1 in)
InterfaceFireWire
Sampling Frequency96
Supported Audio DriversCore Audio
Supported Bit Depths24-bit