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It's official, Apple is transitioning to their own chips in the Mac

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Here is the press release if you want to read it.

https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2020/06/apple-announces-mac-transition-to-apple-silicon/

I don't think this will affect Roon too much, it may eliminate using a Mac as a Core, but the control app already runs on Apple designed chips, so that won't be a problem. HQPlayer may not like it either. That i9 Sonic Transporter is looking better and better.


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Wow, this is bad news for Intel.


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12 minutes ago, Matias said:

Wow, this is bad news for Intel.

 

I think Intel did it to themselves by not being able to advance their chips fast enough for Apple.


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18 minutes ago, The Computer Audiophile said:

I wonder if MacOS on ARM will support native DSD. 

 

That would be interesting wouldn't it.


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6 minutes ago, AudioDoctor said:

 

That would be interesting wouldn't it.

For some reason I don’t think  cares about it. 
 

iOS supports native DSD with some apps right?


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1 minute ago, The Computer Audiophile said:

iOS supports native DSD with some apps right?

 

I honestly have no idea. Its my understanding it's only a consideration when outputting direct via USB. Network connections can go native. Am I wrong? I don't have any DSD yet, and my 2011 Mac Mini has zero chance of upsampling to DSD so I haven't tried it yet.


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Here’s the official statement from Onkyo HF Player for iOS

 

 

DSD can be output as PCM or DoP. DoP Output function supports output of native DSD to DoP- and iPhone-compatible external devices (such as a DAC) via an appropriate wired connection. Playback of high-resolution files increases demands on CPU and battery resources.


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26 minutes ago, The Computer Audiophile said:

Here’s the official statement from Onkyo HF Player for iOS

 

 

DSD can be output as PCM or DoP. DoP Output function supports output of native DSD to DoP- and iPhone-compatible external devices (such as a DAC) via an appropriate wired connection. Playback of high-resolution files increases demands on CPU and battery resources.

 

That's interesting. Macs with the T2 chip have a spotty record with audio output over USB. That's one reason I switched to network audio versus direct USB connection, I read the tea leaves, so to speak.

 

Edit: Right now, I can guarantee that Roon will work on a future iPad, and perhaps on an ARM Mac as a control point. Both Roon Server and HQPlayer will run on a Linux machine.


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