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Recommend a great DAC for an Apple MAC Mini for around $1000.

Just bought my first MAC Mini to mainly use as a media center. It will be in the living room. Connected to the flat screen TV (not purchased yet) and the stereo.

I have a large file of music (1000s of CDs ripped into iTunes) and want the best sound quality. I like the idea of being able to convert files up to 192 because new true high def versions of albums are just starting to become available for download/purchase.

I have a great stereo (B&W nautilus speakers and other great gear) and want an outboard DAC.

The Apogee Mini DAC looks best to me. It can go up to 192 and is balanced outputs. I love Apogees converters. It's $1000.

What else is worth looking at in that price range? Lavry?? Benchmark??

Anyone else have any ideas for a great DAC in the sub $1000 range?

Anyone using the Apogee Mini DAC???

In case it matters, I'll be using the newest MAC Mini version. The one with 4gig RAM and the 320 internal HD.

Thanks

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Re: Recommend a great DAC for an Apple MAC Mini for around $1000

Hi Linus and welcome to the forum!

Unfortunately I don't have a DAC recommendation for you but I do have a few words of caution that may or may not prove to be useful.


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I have a large file of music (1000s of CDs ripped into iTunes) and want the best sound quality. I like the idea of being able to convert files up to 192 because new true high def versions of albums are just starting to become available for download/purchase.

A few questions:

1) Did you rip the CD into the Apple lossless format or did you simply use the default iTunes settings?

2) Are you aware that many of the high resolution audio files available for download/purchase are encoded as flac files (not all of them but a good number of them) and iTunes does not support the playback of flac files.

3) Converting a lossless audio file ripped from standard CD (i.e. one at 16bit/44.1kHz resolution) up to a higher bit and sample rate DOES NOT yield a high resolution file, only a much large file with exactly the same CD quality resolution.

4) Finally, I apologize if any of the above seems very basic to you but I have no way of knowing you're current level of understanding regarding these matters.

Anyway, if you have any questions about these issues, feel free to ask.

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Re: Recommend a great DAC for an Apple MAC Mini for around $1000

the best DAC I have ever heard at any price is the Mytek Stereo 96.

http://mytekdigital.com/products/stereo96dac.htm

under a grand and amazing sound...

ive auditioned and or owned products that cost much, much , MUCH more than that and wasnt as impressed... went through DcS, EMM Labs., Lavry, Grace, Bel Canto, and many others..

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Re: Recommend a great DAC for an Apple MAC Mini for around $1000

I bought the Benchmark DAC1 which I would surely recommend to you, the plain version, non USB, as your mac has a digital output (from the phono jack), you can connect it to the toslink input of the DAC and nice have a jitter free system.

If you don't need the very high quality headphone output then the DacMagic sounds like a less expensive yet still excellent option too.

- Fabio

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I'll 2nd the Benchmark DAC1 suggestion, as I also own one and love it...

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Re: Recommend a great DAC for an Apple MAC Mini for around $1000

The Pacific Valve Musiland MD-10 Modified for $714 is an overacheiver.

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Re: Recommend a great DAC for an Apple MAC Mini for around $1000

Another vote for the Mytek Stereo 96.

I have the Benchmark and the Grace and really like both, but the Mytek is special.

Mytek also makes a wonderful sounding analog to digital converter, as I bet ncdrawl already knows. He obviously has great ears.

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Re: Recommend a great DAC for an Apple MAC Mini for around $1000

Hi Linus,

My 2

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