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    Discussions on Mac OS X audio go here.

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    Cheers.
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    Hi Rob,

    What are the specifications and OP of your iMac?

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    Current Mac is: 2011 Mac mini, 2.7GHz i7, 16Gb RAM, 500Gb internal (512Gb SSD coming shortly). OS X 10.8.3.
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    I think it's an excellent thread, too - if only I understood what it was about...

    Nice pictures, though!

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    It's the equivalent of trying out different valves, fiddling until the sound is just so...
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    Hello Rob,

    Have you ripped standard CD as WAV at 16bit 48khz and compared this with AIFF at 16bit 48khz?

    Steve

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    Great post Rob, very useful and well laid out.

    Cheers Nick

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    Hi, I'm using a Beresford Dac with a MacBook, and when I open the Audio Midi Setup I don't have any options to tinker with in the audio output... am I doing something wrong? Is that an option for MB Pros?
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