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Old 15th May 2008, 03:43 PM   #1
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Default New iMac with OSX 10.5.2 and iTunes - Thoughts?

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I just setup my new 20", 2.4ghz iMac w/320GB disk. I'm a fresh convert from Windows and could not be happier!

The system has optical SPDIF out to a balanced DAC driving Pass Labs gear.

Just for fun I ripped a couple of CD's using iTunes with the error correction box checked. Everything runs flawlessly. Amazing the iMac is so easy to use.

Questions:
1) Are there any suggestions anyone has for optimizing the iMac as a music server?

2) Any "gotchas" I should be aware of using iTunes on the iMac?

Thank you!!

-David

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I work for a BIG PC company and this is the first time I've had the experience of just using a computer as an appliance. Really, the mac is almost like operating a HD TV set in terms of it's complexity. Almost all energy expended is on accomplishing what you want to do, rather than fighting the computing environment.

I'm just stunned.

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Old 15th May 2008, 03:59 PM   #2
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Welcome to everything you've been missing dw8083! Out of curiosity what format did you rip your cd's too?
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Old 15th May 2008, 04:17 PM   #3
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The CD's were ripped as WAV files.

The ripping process seemed much faster than using EAC on a PC. The whole ripping process was much more efficient and seemless.

It's great to have a computer that does not make ANY noise, except that of the harddrive hum if your ear is within 2 inches of the case.

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Old 15th May 2008, 05:14 PM   #4
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I have nothing really to add. 10.5.3 should be out pretty quick which should squash the big bugs that have survived thru the 2 previous updates. As long as you are connected to high speed you will get a chance to experience how slick Apple's upgrade process. I do generally recommend that one run Disk Utility & repair disk permissions (First Aid tab) before & after any major upgrade.

I have had a parade of macs for running iTunes (all my stuff is in Apple Lossless files on my desktop downstairs) from slot-load iMacs up to the current luxolamp iMac (it needs a newer drive fitted thou -- but like most of the rest of my dedicated iTunes boxes it came for free)

I am currently on an exploration to figure out how to get AU (Audio Unit) plug-ins to work with iTunes which will allow access to some very powerful digital EQ for the things like BSC, bass boost or notching the occasional offending peak,

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Old 15th May 2008, 05:47 PM   #5
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What's really sad is how I fell in love with music and THEN fell in love with quality recordings, I am at the moment the proud owner of over ten thousand MP3's Many of which were purchased digitally so there is no way of going back, oh the misleadings of my generation...(i'm 22)

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Old 15th May 2008, 05:56 PM   #6
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I have nothing really to add. 10.5.3 should be out pretty quick which should squash the big bugs that have survived thru the 2 previous updates. As long as you are connected to high speed you will get a chance to experience how slick Apple's upgrade process. I do generally recommend that one run Disk Utility & repair disk permissions (First Aid tab) before & after any major upgrade.

I have had a parade of macs for running iTunes (all my stuff is in Apple Lossless files on my desktop downstairs) from slot-load iMacs up to the current luxolamp iMac (it needs a newer drive fitted thou -- but like most of the rest of my dedicated iTunes boxes it came for free)

I am currently on an exploration to figure out how to get AU (Audio Unit) plug-ins to work with iTunes which will allow access to some very powerful digital EQ for the things like BSC, bass boost or notching the occasional offending peak,

dave

Thanks Dave for the tips.

Working with DSP plugin's are next on my list. One recording on my current listening pile is a touch bright, but otherwise excellent. Playing with the built-in iTunes EQ, I set it to flat across the middle and pulled down the 16khz setting a half notch. It worked great!

Very cool to consider the possibilities.

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Old 15th May 2008, 07:53 PM   #7
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I would add to have the volume control all the way up in the upper left corner (IIRC) of the window when using digital output. Otherwise, you're just cutting off bits.

I personally use Apple Lossless, and haven't had any issues streaming to the Airport Express. Why run wav when you can save some of that HD space?

Lover of the mac, too. It really is easy, even though Apple has its issues with hardware quality and wireless compatibility. All in all, it's the way to go.
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Old 16th May 2008, 03:48 PM   #8
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Is there any thing else that has to be set on the iMac for bit perfect output using iTunes and OSX 10.5.2?

I have noticed that the iMac digital optical out to my DAC overall the sound is more relaxed and not as lively as when using the same DAC and system with my Marantz CD63 Special Edition with optical out.

What would account for this?

Thanks!

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Old 16th May 2008, 08:19 PM   #9
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one thing you should be aware of in itunes is that the encoders are not quite as good as LAME or equivalent. i am not entirely sure that this applies to wav (it shouldnt right?) but it certainly does with mp3's, my listening tests confirm.
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one thing you should be aware of in itunes is that the encoders are not quite as good as LAME or equivalent... it certainly does with mp3's...
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