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Newbie audiophile setup for small spaces #

Hardware

The whole thing (well, everything but the laptop) fits perfectly in the Sennheiser box with the foam removed.

Software

Notes

  1. The last Mac laptop or desktop to include a built-in optical drive. Also the last Mac to be readily accessible and serviceable. The late 2011 model can run Mac OS X 10.6 - 10.9. Includes an Ethernet port.
  2. Review of the Schiit Audio Vali/Modi Stack
  3. Despite claims to the contrary, the Modi (along with all Schiit DACs) does support integer mode according to Nick at Schiit Audio.
  4. Not sure if these cables improve audio quality, but the material quality is better than most. Plus, supporting Schiit feels good.
  5. Mac OS X 10.6 and 10.9 support integer mode (which takes hog mode/exclusive access a step further by sending audio in the DAC's native format) while OS X 10.7 and 10.8 do not. See Integer Mode Is Back!! and Beyond bit-perfect: The importance of the Player Software And MAC OS X Playback Integer Mode for more information.
  6. Reviews at Headfonia and 6moons.

/mac | Jun 17, 2014


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