Well, you could risk your digital circuitry either not reading the 1 or 0 right – chances of that happening are non-existent with today’s equipment, unless you have actual hardware failure. The manufacturers have to think of something There are DACs with volume control, but they tend to be a bit steeper in price than those without, due to the design challenges of creating a transparent volume control that doesn’t degrade the sound. So does that mean I can and need to control the volume from my laptop? So then it’s down to whether jitter can introduce timing errors in the playback of the signal – i.
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Cambridge Audio DacMagic review | What Hi-Fi?
Well, you could risk your digital circuitry either not reading the 1 or 0 right – chances of that happening are non-existent with today’s equipment, unless you have actual hardware failure. Nice to see people sharing their experiences with the DacMagic. All ten companies answered the same questions. If you have the time and patience, you should read all the responses look at the bottom for the others.
You won’t become any wiser, as there’s no industry-wide agreement on anything, but you’ll relax! I have an old Arcam Alpha 8 Integrated Amp: As Benchmark another manufacturer of an excellent DAC say: Let’s say that you want each segment to be exactly the same length, and that there is something called jitter that is making this difficult.
The manufacturers have to think of something With the optical connection, you get galvanic isolation between the computer or airport express, and the DAC – reduced chance of any ground hum or noise being transferred between the units. I seem to understand from one of the posts that if you use DACMagic I will not be able to control the volume from Mac, that’s why I put arcam into the equation The early versions without remote control are excellent, and have the same interior DAC.
The volume controls in iTunes versions 7. And any recommended retailer in surrey or online for DACmagic? Actually, there’s also a problem with the USB ports. A couple of points, though.
So does that mean I can and need to control the volume from my laptop? Or am I better off getting the Apogee Duet to get a better sound quality? A Redbook CD-signal has The analogy was that if one said the distance around the Equator represented a second, 7 picoseconds of jitter represented nac than half a millimetre The price is similar between the two.
In ordinary digital circuitry the kind you get from a plastic cd-player jitter is down well under the picosecond level, and often down to where we can’t dacmqgic it at all.
DACMagic and Macbook Pro –
I have no explanation as to why this is the case 1100 is the problem? If you trust yourself to always check the volume setting on the Mac before hitting play, then you’re OK using a Touch or iPhone to control playback volume.
Jitter is a strange issue – a Letter to the Editor of The Absolute Sound made a fun analogy, as there are audiophile reviewers who claim to hear incredibly small changes in jitter, one had claimed he could notice a difference of 7 picoseconds’ jitter. It’s in the same price-range as the DacMagic, has a very good DAC built in, and a pre-amp to control the volume.
DACMagic and Macbook Pro Reply Contact If you’re getting crackling at some volumes but not others when using the iTunes volume control, then it’s a sign that either the ‘Sound Enhancer’, or iTunes ‘Equalizer’ are on, both of which are useless RE gain structure, and usually result in crackling volume due to clipping – the signal reaching it’s maximum volume and ‘flattening’ off at the top.
I also have a similar set up with DAC magic and beoport. And that wouldn’t be possible with the Duet, as you would have to remain connected with the rather stiff Firewire cable. However – I have BL5s, which make it possible for me to set a working volume for them, and I have set it so that whatever source they are fed, they do not blow out my ears or windows which they could probably do if set at max.
So you either have to get into the habit of making sure that you have set the volume where you find it comfortable, before sending them a signal; or have a volume control your Arcam or a DAC with a volume control option. As for controlling the volume, this wouldn’t be done on the Mac, as the Mac’s volume control is disabled when the digital output is used. I’d personally prefer not going through the Arcam, so dacmagc you should look for a Dxcmagic with volume control, and have that set at a level where you never risk blasting the speakers, and then just leave the volume in the Mac at max.
Matthew Bramble, the technical director of Cambridge, had mc comment to Stereophile’s rave review of the DacMagic concerning jitter.