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    Default Audiophile output on Mac OSX

    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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    Ben Duncan Mains Conditioner > Mac mini running Fidelia / Samsung 55” TV > Audioquest Crimson USB / QED Reference Optical Quartz > Leema Acoustics Elements DAC > Chord Clearway XLRs > AD Audio bespoke balanced valve buffer stage (oiw) > Chord Clearway XLRs > Bel Canto Ref500S > Chord Clearway speaker cable with Clearway jumpers > B&W 683s > Emotosound Air Motion Ribbon Supertweeters > Audioquest SLiP Neutrik Speakon > BK Double Gem sub

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by sastusbulbas View Post
    Hello Rob,

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

    Steve
    No.

    Quote Originally Posted by aedagnino View Post
    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?
    Something's wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Filterlab View Post
    Depends on what OS you're running. These are the set-up procedures for Leopard, however the Core Audio settings haven't changed much from Tiger to Leopard.

    What digital output are you using?
    Hi, I'm using Leopard and I'm using the digital audio out (mini toslink) that comes with the MacBook (regular, white one, not the Pro). I've opened the Audio Midi utility and recognize everything you show in your pictures... except mine doesn't show any options for the audio out!

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