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Got mine from the last drop a few weeks ago. This sounds way better than my phone's built in DAC and can drive my T20RPs to a decent listening level. Mac usage is driverless while Windows needs a bit of setup.
So would you say it is worth it for to get for use with a macbook pro? Or does it not make a big difference? I have heard people say dacs are worth it for macs and others say the dac in them is good.
That's really up to you. Most DACs you buy will be better than onboard even though onboard is 'good enough' for most people. It's down to how much you care and what headphones you're trying to drive. This DAC specifically is great for a portable type solution since it isn't big and bulky and just needs an OTG cable for phones. If you're hesitant on this I can safely say it will be better than Mac onboard and this is a great item to fit with the look, as you can see in the pictures.
Ahh tyvm for the reply. I am really picky about sound. And sometimes I do notice my macbook lacking. I think it depends on the headphones. I don't have anything that is hard to drive I own the HD 598, m40x, philips shp9550 and the status audio cb-1. It says that my audio is intel audio and I know that usually on PC that that isn't that great, not sure how it works on mac but I guess I will take the plunge not like it's a small fortune or anything and I can always use it with a phone or something like that.
I actually have a pair of shp9550s and the sound stage is definitely opened up from my onboard from my PC. And no problem! Audio stuff is hard to pick out since at the lower price range you either get a great deal or it's really crap. Happy to help! If you have Planars this may not have the power but most USB type DACs struggle the same way anyhow.
Ahh yeah. I'm loving the shp9500. It really is confusing like you said especially when I'm just trying to find something to use on the low end. I really don't know too much about audio but I was reading that the audio midi setup on mac acts as sort of a sound manager and you can change the quality of the sound. I think it was set to 44k hz I changed it to 96k hz and I don't know what it was originally was or what it necessarily does, but spotify now sounds amaaaaazing.
I know its not placebo something definitely happened. But now I noticed that there is a sort of delay few times every minute like it's too much for it to handle or something. Was thinking maybe it's too much for onboard to handle or something? Please tell me I'm not crazy haha
I'm not sure what that could be actually but switching from 44Khz to 96Khz does make a difference! It's above that where things may not really make that much of a difference. As for the 'skipping' it could be that the sound can be skipping when CPU load it too high and the entire OS can't keep up. Doing something like rendering out an Adobe Premier video or something can eat all of your CPUs resources.
Ahh that's strange. I don't run anything intensive and it only does it when i set it higher even when its the only thing open. I do remember I had a problem like this years ago on windows with some onboard audio.
I have the same delay with my PC, but not with my laptop. Does anyone have any idea what could produce this kind of error?