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Can a Mac G4 Handle 96/24 Files?

Hi All!
I know that the audio midi setup utility on a G4 running 10.4.11 doesn't include 96/24 as an output option. (I am also aware that iTunes and AirTunes don't do this either.) What I'm wondering is whether there is a software fix for this -- one that would enable me to use my G4 Power Book as a server that will output 96/24 files to my Benchmark DAC-1.
Anybody out there know whether there is a solution to this?
Many thanks from a total newbie.
S

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Re: Can a Mac G4 Handle 96/24 Files?


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I know that the audio midi setup utility on a G4 running 10.4.11 doesn't include 96/24 as an output option. (I am also aware that iTunes and AirTunes don't do this either.) What I'm wondering is whether there is a software fix for this -- one that would enable me to use my G4 Power Book as a server that will output 96/24 files to my Benchmark DAC-1.

You need to use a soundcard with the G4 PowerBook that will allow 24/96 playback. See my article for ideas at www.stereophile.com/computeraudio/1008servers. A USB-connected bare-bones sound device like the M-Audio Transit USB ($89) uses its own driver to allow hi-rez playback and you can connect its S/PDIF data output to your Benchmark. You might also try something like the E-Mu 0404 ($199), which will do the same thing, though this offers much more functionality than you require.

Current versions of iTunes will play hi-rez files (though not via the Airport Express), but I also recommend other music playback programs in the article referenced above.

John Atkinson
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Re: Can a Mac G4 Handle 96/24 Files?

Thanks, John. I will read your article with great interest. My powerbook is a 12" and won't take an internal soundcard; also, it doesn't have an optical digital out, which rules out the M-Audio transit. Would a Trends UD-10 Transport do the trick?
Thanks again,
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My powerbook is a 12" and won't take an internal soundcard; also, it doesn't have an optical digital out, which rules out the M-Audio transit.

I think you misunderstood what I was recommending. Both the M-Audio and the E-Mu devices hook up to your laptop's USB port. When you select the device in your Mac's "System Preferences" menu, iTunes or whatever program you use will send the audio data out of the USB port and the M-Audio or E-Mu will convert it to conventioal S/PDIF to send to your Benchmark.

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Re: Can a Mac G4 Handle 96/24 Files?

My mistake; I went to the M-Audio and E-Mu websites and obviously looked at the wrong products. Thanks for your patience.
S

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