• OS X

    by Published on 03-14-2013 01:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. OS X,
    3. Software,
    4. Windows

    I have been listening to JRiver Media Center on Windows for almost two years and have been a happy customer. JRiver on Windows is extensively reviewed by Chris.
    Now that an early release of JRiver is available on the Mac, I thought I would take the opportunity to compare the sound quality between the two JRiver music players.
    Similar to how I compared JRiver to JPlay, I am using the following test methods and tools to compare SQ:

    • Using Audacity (or any digital audio editing software) to digitally record the output from JRiver on both Mac and Windows. Then by editing and lining up the track samples, inverting one of the tracks, and mixing them together, we will see what audio signal is left over (i.e. the difference file) and whether it is subjectively audible.
    • Using Audio DiffMaker, that is purpose built software for audio differencing tests, to analyze the two recordings, which also produces a difference file that can be listened to and subjectively evaluated.
    • Using Foobar’s ABX Comparator to listen to each recorded track and determine which one sounds different or subjectively better.
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    by Published on 04-10-2011 10:08 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. iTunes,
    3. OS X,
    4. File Conversion,
    5. Downloads / Streaming

    As the title says here's a how-to video with commentary explaining the process of converting high resolution FLAC files into AIFF files and adding them to iTunes. This is necessary because Apple's iTunes does not play FLAC files without third party applications. Some computer audiophiles can handle this activity in their sleep while others may not even download high resolution audio for fear of a FLAC attack. Only kidding no such thing exists, but the process is foreign to many Computer Audiophile readers. After watching this video all readers should be able to handle this conversion and library addition without any issues.
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    by Published on 05-18-2009 12:09 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. iTunes,
    3. OS X,
    4. Software,
    5. Basics

    The Computer Audiophile Academy is back in session with a little series about moving iTunes libraries and music from an old computer to a new computer. In addition to moving the library and music is a little primer on what the iTunes LIbrary is and how it's different from the iTunes music files / folder.
    Re-ripping music on a new computer is not the end of the world although it's highly undesirable. Worse than re-ripping is playing the role of music librarian if forced to add album art and tags to those re-ripped albums. That can literally take five times longer than ripping if a collection doesn't contain "popular" music.
    To simplify life for all the readers who've recently discussed this type of iTunes move I will publish videos demonstrating how to accomplish this without losing a single bit of information. There are a few reasonable combinations to cover in this series. For example, local library and local music files, local library with externally stored music files, and externally stored library with externally stored music files. This first video covers the local/local configuration. This is the most popular and default iTunes configuration.

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    by Published on 02-08-2009 10:43 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. iTunes,
    3. Network Audio,
    4. OS X,
    5. Software

    There are quite a few options to control music servers today. Apple's Remote application for the iPod Touch and iPhone is one of the most popular. However, this application doesn't do it all. Those of us using Mac OS X without Sonic Studio's Amarra application still need to close iTunes to adjust the sample rate in Audio Midi Setup. While it is possible to use a VNC application on the iPod Touch to control a Mac music server it's quite impractical. Thus, I highly recommend using a MacBook to control a Mac music server. Complete remote control over a music server allows removal of the keyboard, mouse and monitor. Nothing screams tedium, monotony, and spreadsheets like a keyboard, mouse and monitor in the music room. To this end, here two videos showing how easy it is to remote control a Mac music server. ...
    by Published on 01-28-2009 11:24 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. OS X,
    3. Software,
    4. File Conversion,
    5. Basics

    It's show time, the first Computer Audiophile Academy video is now playing. Some of the most popular questions newbies ask here on Computer Audiophile have to do with converting WAV to AIFF or one format to another on a Mac. This video walks readers through the whole process literally from start to finish. It begins by downloading and installing MAX, the most popular conversion application for Mac. This is followed by configuring the application to convert a folder of Reference Recordings HRx tracks and auto-exporting them into iTunes. The video also shows some basic changes to songs and adding album art as well as adding the PDF liner notes to the iTunes library. PDFs are not added automatically when tracks in the same folder are added to iTunes. They must be added manually. The liner notes can then be opened from within iTunes alleviating the need for a separate filing system containing PDFs from downloaded content. This is also a must for readers who purchase physical media from RR or Kent Poon, as both delivery high quality PDF notes on DVD with each high resolution album. Anyway, on with the show. ...
    by Published on 12-16-2008 08:50 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Bits & Bytes,
    3. iTunes,
    4. OS X

    This year at Rocky Mountain Audiofest I received a call from a manufacturer having trouble playing some newly acquired 24/88.2 files. He was using a MacBook with OS X Leopard 10.5.5 and a 24-bit USB interface. Every twenty to thirty seconds during playback there was an audible glitch. I offered my MacBook Air with OS X 10.5.5 and we heard the exact same problem. After about forty-five minutes of testing every configuration known to man we could not get 24/88.2 material to playback on OS X without audible errors. PC users will be happy to know Windows XP played the files flawlessly. I talked to the usual suspects around the show and sent a couple emails searching for answers. No solid information could be found. ...
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