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I am new to computer based audio, and have managed to download a CD in itunes (AIFF) on my MacBook. I wish to know if one can go directly from computer to a DAC/Pre, and how best to connect same. Or, do I need a music server between computer and DAC/Pre?


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Just connect your Macbook optical out to the DAC and off you go. Make sure your audio midi setup is set to 2 ch-24bit & 44100 Hz. Make sure iTunes has volume set to 1 and no equalizer or enhancer on and you are good to go for bit-perfect playback.


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You can use the optical, providing your DAC (or receiver, pre/processor or integrated amp with an internal DAC) has such an input.


USB is also a connection you can use to feed a DAC.


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