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Audirvana playing DSD files w/o DSD-capable DAC. What gives?

Hi All, I'm downloading some DSD files in anticipation of my new Benchmark DAC2 HGC. The thing is, I downloaded the files and they started playing in my current setup which includes the Musical Fidelity M1DAC, which IS NOT DSD CAPABLE. I look for some type of conversion in the software (Audirvana) and don't see any. The files sound great (Blue Coast Records-probably great source material), but I know it's not a true DSD playback. What am I getting? By the way, both the readout of Audirvana

runrob1258

runrob1258

 

Musical Fidelity M1DAC: Coax vs USB

I just purchased a Musical Fidelity M1Dac and I’m very impressed with the sound quality. When I use my Pioneer Elite CD player through the M1’s coax input, the sonics are just right. When I use the USB input, the sound is about 90% of the CD. There is just a little less detail and some loss in dynamics. My question is, how can I bring the level of the USB to the level of my CD player? I asked the guy who sold me the DAC and he said that the implementation of the USB was just like the MF V

runrob1258

runrob1258

 

Macbook air as music server

I'm relatively new to CA, but think it's a great site.   I notice on the CASH list that the Macbook air is not listed as a recommended product. Is this strictly because it has no SPDIF audio output, or is there more involved?   I look forward to your responses.

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