Lol' so how long have u been bypassing the dacmagic? Epic mistake, silly sausage.
imac 2011, Airport express, DacMagic, NAD C326 amp, Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 speakers, Soundstyle Z1 speaker stands, chord cables, Tacima power conditioner. Controlled with my iphone 4S...
It seems that at first the DacMagic did 24-bit/384kHz up-sampling to the incoming signal and redirect it to the optical-out.
So it did something for you.
Now you also use the analog part of the DAC.
I had the DacMagic before and it performed very well back then.
With that Wireworld USB-cable you can't go wrong aswell.
[ CambridgeAudio 350A + CambridgeAudio 651BD + Tannoy RS DC4 & Sub1001 + Schiit Bifrost + Sharp LC32LE705, Ixos/QED/Oehlbach/Audioquest. ] [ GDrive hdd 750GB -Firewire800 > Mac Mini -2010, 2.4GHz / 8GB RAM / (SnowLeopard) Audirvana Free & iTunes -ALAC > USB 16&24bit > Bifrost Dac. ]
[ Dual 505-1 (Ortofon) + CambridgeAudio 551P ]
One key reason you should upgrade your Dacmagic is that is has a poort USb implementaion (if we talk about the 1st gen of Dacmagic). Since you're running your mac directly into the DAC, then the quality of the USB input becomes critical. New Dacmagic plus, M1 and new V-DAC, all the Arcams, M-DAC, etc have better async USB implemetation, and therefore an upgrade can be justified.
Dedicated Win7 Music PC -> Audiolab M-DAC -> Plinius 9200 -> ATC SCM 40; Furutech GT2 USB Cable, Oyaide Interconnects and mains cords; Kimber Kable 8tc speaker cables
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