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TSuellentrop
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Hi all,

 

Looking to purchase a couple albums from HDTracks but want to make sure I will be able to have the proper playback system in place.

 

I have 2 different systems I would like to be able to listen on:

 

HT :

Pioneer Elite VSX-21TXH

Fat PS3

Sonos ZP90

 

Bedroom:

Marantz PM5004

Sonos ZP90

 

It appears I will need to run a mini-rca cable from MacBook Pro to PM5004 in bedroom to work and I could do the same in the HT but if I know that would be using the least capable DAC.  Can the PS3 playback 24/96 flac files? I've heard of creating DVD-A discs with the files for playback on the PS3.

 

I'll probably need to purchase a separate DAC for the bedroom eventually.

 

Any information/insight would be greatly appreciated.

 

Tim

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Re: Hi-Rez Rookie

TSuellentrop wrote:

Looking to purchase a couple albums from HDTracks but want to make sure I will be able to have the proper playback system in place.

 

The ZP90 is limited to 44.1kHz and 48kHz sample rates. Don't know about the PS3's handling of hi-rez files. Your MacBook will decode hi-rez files though not files sampled at 88.2kHz. SO basically, your hardware is not up to the task, I am afraid.

 

John Atkinson

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I have been doing some more

I have been doing some more research. What about a mini-toslink adapter for my macbook pro? Then I could run optical to my Pioneer receiver and use that DAC correct?

I was able to turn on the 24/96 playback of my MBP on under utilities->audio midi setup.

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Re: I have been doing some more research

TSuellentrop wrote:
What about a mini-toslink adapter for my macbook pro? Then I could run optical to my Pioneer receiver and use that DAC correct?

That will work fine as along as the DAC in the Pioneer receiver is up to the task. However, check your MacBook Pro's internal output with AudioMidi Setup to see if it will support 88.2kHz files as well as 96kHz. If not, then the Mac will sample-rate convert the 88.2kHz files, which might negate the sonic advantages of the higher resolution.

John Atkinson

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I keep wondering why Sonos

I keep wondering why Sonos doesn't upgrade their line to handle 24/96. It would be nice competition to Logitech.

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