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  1. Of course I would prefer using a later Mac OS and realize there are limitations that will be encountered with 10.8.x but the benefits outweigh the liabilities. I'm using A+ or Amarra primarily. Cog was mentioned just to cover the breadth of all the things I've tried and have in the playback arsenal. None of these software packages bring to the party what 10.8.2 and 10.8.3 provide. It's that significant!
  2. All playback software and HiFi hardware connections were the same in my comparisons of yesteryear and today. I presently have a multi partitioned drive where I can boot any version of OS 10.8. It is clear that 10.8.2 and 10.8.3 are superior sounding to 10.8.4 and 10.8.5.* All other hardware and playback software remains static, so unless someone is going to claim that drive partitions can impart a sonic character, then I don't see any random elements that could bias the evaluation. Without the experience of 7 years ago that I already described, I might have dismissed any assertio
  3. Wanted to personally thank KUJA for bringing to my attention the musical quality of Mac OS 10.8.2. It has solved a big mystery for me. Almost 7 years ago I was at a friends home listening to his hifi. He had just bought a new MacBook Pro. This was his first foray into using a computer instead of a CD player as a front end. We got his machine setup and listened for awhile. I thought it sounded really great, better than how I recall my MacBook sounding. My laptop was older and used an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, while his used a newer i5 processor. I brought my MacBook along for th
  4. Not much risk if the machine is dedicated for music playback only.
  5. My preference is for musical sound. Age has nothing to do with it.
  6. A+ Pure Music, Amarra, Decibel, Bit Perfect, Fidelia, iTunes, Cog, JRiver, etc
  7. The Sound Quality Improvement is well worth any difficulties that might come!
  8. I finally tried 10.8.2 Mountain Lion on my 2011 Mac Mini. There was a definite improvement in the SQ, much as you previously described. "more open and spatial, with more air and natural reverb/decay. 3D stage is much better, and the high frequencies are extended and clean." It seems to me you can more clearly hear the beginning and ending of a note. The difference in instrument character and interplay is more clearly defined. The whole musical experience is far more enjoyable. I have rebooted to other OS versions and they all sound pretty much the same, with this notable excepti
  9. With great difficulty I finally managed to obtain a version of 10.8.0 and then the update to 10.8.2. This gives the same improvement I heard almost 7 years ago while using a friend's MBP running ML. Everything is subtly more refined and musical or should I say, enjoyable! Apple only lets you download the 10.8.2 or 10.8.3 updates. The only full install they have posted is for 10.8.5, which does not have the same musical quality. You'll need a 10.8.0 install disc to try this out, but it certainly is worth it. I enthusiastically recommend it to anyone.
  10. Finally got a copy of ML 10.8.2. You are so correct! Anyone should be able to hear the difference.
  11. I finally managed to get a copy of 10.8.2. Wow! So much better than anything else! Thanks for the tip.
  12. I don't consider it a tubey sound but it just makes things sound more natural and musical.
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