Dac, Mac, and itunes.

Discussion in 'DACs' started by bbqjoe, Jan 17, 2019.

  1. bbqjoe

    bbqjoe Void where Prohibited Subscriber

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    I basically started with zilch a number of months back.
    I now have a pretty fine tube amp, a fine preamp, a dac, and a car full of decent speakers.
    I'm not seeing changing anything any time soon, and I think that switching around a bunch of tubes/money to get a little bass here or a little treble there is not affordable nor practical.
    I too, am not embarrassed to add some EQ for the sound I want.

    Honestly, (for myself) trying audirvana actually took more away from my listening enjoyment than it added, and I could use the $75 bucks elsewhere.

    It was interesting to try though, and I'm still glad for this discussion.
     

     

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  2. Yamaki

    Yamaki Not For Hire Subscriber

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    Are you using iTunes because your PC is a Mac? Or are you using it because it was free? Just curious...
     
  3. bbqjoe

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    I used to have a really good program I used for everything on windows, but damn if I can remember what it was now. (maybe it was real player?)
    I got tired of windows deciding for itself when it was going to update and shut down for 20 minutes or an hour in the middle of me working on something, so I got fed up that and a few other quirks, and switched to apple.
    There wasn't an equivalent for mac, so I went yelling and screaming and finally succumbed to the fact that nothing was going to work as well as itunes on my macs.
    I tried/used Swinsian for some time in sheer protest of itunes, but when I was given a new iphone, I found Swinsian (after contacting the developer) had zero plans for a mobile app. so I just threw up my arms, rolled over, and have accepted itunes.
    I only use it for playing and storage, and will not join in on any of their other shenanigans such as downloads, cloud storage etc.
     
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  4. JoeESP9

    JoeESP9 ESL's & tubes since 83

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    I guess you didn't know that you can turn off Windows auto updates.:biggrin:
     
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  5. bbqjoe

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    I was aware of that, and did, but there was one that showed up that I had no control over, and that one was the final straw.
     
  6. mcdan

    mcdan Well-Known Member

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    You should try Pure Music. You can download a trial version at no charge. It uses iTunes solely as a data base. Most of the other playback programs keep iTunes running in the back ground grunging up the bits. Best sounding program I’ve heard. Reasonable price too, if you like it.
    You should commit all future content to AIFF. It takes more space but gives you bit parity. Also, you can use the Apple remote app to control it. If it’s the best sound quality you’re looking for, this is it.
    Hope this helps.
     

     

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  7. Dr. Ears

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    When I connect my Audio-gd DAC with the Amanero combo 384 via USB, it shuts off the internal speakers, shows Amanero in the settings, outputs through the USB cable and the volume is controlled by my preamp, if that helps.
     
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    Would it work on the 300 CD's, which I have already burned into my Mac or only with new ones burned in with Pure Audio?
     
  9. cpt_paranoia

    cpt_paranoia Super Member

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    A basic requirement of any media manager/player is to be able to read, catalogue and play media from a wide range of sources. If I found such a tool that would only play music ripped by that tool, it would be dumped straight in the bin as not fit for purpose. Not even Apple, in their walled garden, took that approach.
     
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  10. mcdan

    mcdan Well-Known Member

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    Yes it will play what you have already stored. Best thing to do is try it for free. Nothing to loose!
    I believe it will convert FLAC and DSD files too.
    Dan
     

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