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  1. There are several shell-scripts floating around (including one I made many years ago) that turn off a vast number of lanchd processes for OS X, which often have the perhaps undesirable effect of completely hosing the system. As an alternative, I have been watching /var/log/system.log to find clues about what might be problematic, and what I want to do is selectively target a few "processes" by understanding what they do, and then turn them off individually, to see if there is any difference (audible, or at least in terms of spamming the log file). I'd like this thread to become a "hit list" of processes that are unambiguously useless. (In other words, I don't want to turn off wireless or bluetooth -- this should be up to the individual user, and is easy enough to do anyway). What I want to do is target a few problem children that are unlikely to have any utility, especially if they are broken, and understand what they do, in case I change my mind (or discover an unintended consequence).
  2. The new Apple Airpods sound about the same as the Lightning Earpods, but are Bluetooth. I don't know how many outer-ear Bluetooth earbuds are available today, but this is the first I've encountered. The bad news, if it's taken that way, is having the Earpod sound for $160 USD, albeit it's wireless. The good news, for those who have an equalizer, is that the EQ'd sound is as good as any other Bluetooth headphone that I've optimally EQ'd. But it gets better - much better for me at least. It's like wearing nothing - no headphone on the head, and no eartips in the ear canals. It's very stable, and in this review I describe an out-of-head sensation that I don't get with any of my headphones. Apple Airpods Outer-Ear Bluetooth Earbuds review | Headphones Hangout Forum
  3. Could we get a dedicated audio processing System on Chip (SoC) in future iDevices? Apple is continuing to expand its digital audio expertise with the recent addition of digital signal processing (DSP) expert Dana Massie to its team as an SoC Audio Architect. Massie has over 30 years of extensive experience working with DSP hardware and software architecture with high-profile companies such as Audience and Waves, as well as prior brief stints at Apple and NeXT. While at Audience for the past nine years, Massie was the Director of DSP chip architecture, focused on developing "the most advanced audio processing algorithms available for speech enhancement." Massie also formerly worked at Apple starting in 2002 as the manager of audio hardware. In his year-long stint, Massie was responsible for the audio input/output system on Apple desktops and notebooks. Apple and Audience have a history of working together, with Apple licensing Audience's voice processing technology to use in its iPhone 4 and 4s. The Cupertino company used a standalone voice processing chip from Audience in the iPhone 4 and opted to incorporate this signal processing functionality directly into the A5 chip used in the iPhone 4s. Audience's earSmart noise cancellation technology was a key component powering Siri in the iPhone 4s. Massie joined Apple this month as an SoC Audio Architect following a six-week sabbatical upon leaving Audience. It's unclear what his exact duties at Apple will involve, as Massie not surprisingly only says he will work on "audio stuff" in his LinkedIn profile. Given his work history, Massie may be tasked with improving either voice recognition technology or audio quality in upcoming Apple hardware. Massie joins other audio pioneers employed by Apple in recent years. The growing list includes Audio expert Peter Eastty of Oxford Digital Limited who was hired earlier this year and THX pioneer Tomlinson Holman who joined Apple in 2011. Source Apple Continues Beefing Up Digital Audio Expertise by Hiring Dana Massie From Audience - Mac Rumors
  4. Apple's free Remote IOS app

    Dumb question, I'm sure. I've been using Apple's Remote app for many years to control my Mac Mini, currently running Audirvana in iTunes Integrated Mode. On my iPad2, the app has lately become sluggish (doesn't scroll well) and temperamental. I tried it from my iPhone 5s and not only did it scroll much faster but it has a better look and better functionality (as far as I'm concerned). Why is this app not as good on the iPad as it is on the phone? Why is it not the same? Dan
  5. Mac & iPod: Maximum Quality..?

    I've got several HD albums, of varying lossless quality. I'm using an iMac (2013, i7) with Audirvana Plus and an external DAC. My iPods are the iPod Classic, 4th Gen iPod Touch, 6th Gen iPod nano, iPad Air, and iPhone 5S. I've converted all my higher quality Apple Lossless files to 24/48 and 24/44.1 Apple Lossless (depending upon the original sample rate) using XLD. Questions: 1. Will all the iPods play those bit rates @ 24bit depth? 2. Am I correct in assuming that the highest quality files that will play on iPods is 24/44.1 & 24/48? The 4th Gen Touch will probably be used in my car as the main source for my 2009 Infiniti G37x, which requires an old-school 30-pin adapter. The other iPods have no radios of any kind (bluetooth, wifi) or a camera, so I can use them at work (govt contractor). I will likely eventually get an HD player of some sort to use at work, but I like the convenience of the iPod connected to my car stereo. Can I assume that most of them do NOT have any radios or camera inside them? (fiio X5 and Pono) Eventually, I will attempt to rip my records to 24/96 or higher, if I can figure out the best way to do it. I have a VPI Traveller with a Dynavector 10-X5 cartridge. What is the best sub-$1000 way to get my records to digital, given the setup I already have? Am I better off just buying a lesser-quality USB turntable? I'm having a hard time finding an ADC made for this purpose. Thanks! I hope this isn't too much for one post.
  6. Ok - I know that this subject has been covered in many ways in different posts on this forum, but as much as I search, I cannot find the answers that work for me. Let me give you some background to my system: I have an audio system in my office with my main computer, and I have a 3 TB music library, much of which is 24/96 quality files using an IMac and itunes. I use a SET amplifier connected to my computer via usb into a JKenny 24DAC, and I have an external hard drive using firewire to connect to the computer. Now, I have two other stereos in the house - one using a rehabbed Fisher 400 tube receiver and the other using a rehabbed Eico HF-81 tube amp. I am trying to get the music from my office to these systems. Right now, I am using Apple TV into DACs on both of my systems, and the result is pretty good, but from what I understand I am not getting the best quality possible - I use Air Foil rather than the Apple TV interface so I can utilize Amarra. I just got some MOCA receivers that will use FIOS internet to hard wire my Apple TVs, and this may be the best I am going to do - avoiding drop outs and using an IPAD to control songs. But...could I do all of that and get full quality 24 bit music? Solution 1 - Are there other streamers I can hard wire to my network and get better results than the Apple TV without spending a ton of money (also, I would like to continue using I-Tunes, since all of my music is already in ALAC, and I like Amarra). Solution 2 - I could use an old Mac Book to access home sharing and go out from my mac book (with Amarra on it) to the DAC in each system - if this can access 24 bit music, maybe this is easier and cheaper since I can just move my laptop from one system to the other? Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
  7. Hi all, Thanks for all your help with my earlier thread linked here As I posted on that thread today, I'm finally getting wonderful sound out of my Mini setup. Now I need your suggestions for an elegant way to browse and control the library. At first, iPad Remote seemed like the ideal solution. I like to listen to music while talking/drinking with friends, and it was great to be able to just hand someone the iPad to select music. But after months of using it to access the iTunes library on the Mini I'm giving up. I'm listing the reasons below along with screenshots. I'm just not sure how to replace my iPad with iTunes Remote. I need a simple solution that anyone can use. At this point it seems my only option is to hook up a monitor, mouse, and keyboard to the Mini. But this sucks! I don't want to have to get up and use a computer every time I put on an album. The only other alternative I know of is Apple TV. It would be nice to use a TV interface. But I'm afraid the interface might be cumbersome for browsing through hundreds of albums, and I'm not sure if the Apple TV interface supports playlists? And I don't wish to route the music through the Apple TV at the cost of sound quality. And I use Pure Music- will the music streamed out of the mini to the Apple TV still go through Pure Music? Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks! Derek Why do I find iTunes Remote unusable? First of all, I have over a thousand albums (mostly classical) to which I have spent a lot of time adding metadata and scanning/downloading album covers. The covers are an important way for me to search for the album I want to hear. For instance, when I am looking for a particular recording of Horowitz playing Rachmaninov it's frustrating only to have the album names- they are all pretty much the same. But when presented with a list of album covers I can pick out the right one immediately. Unfortunately, iTunes Remote on iPad doesn't cache album covers. So each time I want to browse the albums I have to wait for each album cover to download. It takes a while, even on a fast wireless network. So I spend a lot of time just waiting for the covers to load. As you can see in the image below, the remaining five album covers haven't loaded yet. It's frustrating! A while ago when switching to iTunes I decided to put the Composer in the Artist field for all of my albums. I know some of you might be against adapting metadata for a particular software program, but I liked the ability to just click on "Artists" in iTunes and see a neat list of composers rather than a haphazard long list of a bunch of performers/ensembles/etc. Unfortunately the Artists tab in iTunes Remote doesn't have the pure Album view I prefer, rather a list of album covers with each title in the album. And once again, the album covers must reload each time! Finally, I've found that iTunes smart playlists are a wonderful way to browse albums on the mini or my macbook pro. They allow you to select the view type, which I invariably set to Album. However, the playlist view in iTunes Remote ONLY has a list view, which is hopelessly unusable for a large number of classical tracks. It takes forever to scroll down and find the right album, if you can find the album at all. And of course there are no album covers shown:
  8. I have had my Nova connected to my MacPro for a couple of years via optical cable.... For my AudioMidi settings I used the Built In Digital preset, and just set it a 24/96.... I set it up and never gave it much thought since... Recently I bought Amarra HiFi and noticed that it would not play files with an 88.2khz sample rate... So I poked around the interwebs looking for some feedback and I read some references to selecting the NOVA preset in AudioMidi... Well I don't have that option. I am wondering if I should??? My previous DAC was connected via USB and it was an option, but that was USB, this is Optical... So now I am wondering if I am doing something wrong, that is keeping the NOVA AudioMidi setting from showing up??? I am using the OPT 1 input on the NOVA. I chose Optical because I wanted to be able to play 24/96 files.... USB is limited to 16/48 iirc.... Are you running a Nova on a Mac via optical (maybe even running Amarra)? Have any advice? Thanks. MacPro>>Amarra HiFi>>Peachtee Nova>>Kimber Cable>>ERA D4
  9. I have a very simple question: Can I plug an AppleTV into a DAC and run it headless with a iPhone Remote app, and stream music from my iTunes that is in the cloud? In other words: no TV, no iTunes library open on another computer. Thanks.
  10. Alternative iTunes Remote?

    Is it really possible that there is no alternative iTunes Remote in the App Store? The Apple own solution feels a little outdated in comparison to the the JRemote. Did I miss something?