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  1. I’m fairly sure that the AirPort Express is unable to decode AAC and that everything streamed to it is in ALAC. Surely the music app wouldn’t be converting to AAC and back? I am pretty sure that everything streamed to the AE is downsampled to 16/44, however. Not cancelling my Qobuz subscription anytime soon.
  2. So, I would like to try to understand this better. I have been listening to Apple Music lossless and hi-res tracks that I have downloaded to an old iPhone 7. Since the tracks are stored locally on the phone, I know that I am starting with a lossless source. When I connect the phone via USB to an external DAC, it is showing the correct sampling frequency (44.1/48/96/192). Not bit perfect but at least lossless. I have also connected an old 2nd generation AirPort Express (A1392) to my pre-amp, just via the analog output. (Yes, I'm aware that the AirPort Express DAC is jitt
  3. The only album I can find in 24/192 is The Doors - Strange Days Deluxe Edition. I can confirm that my iPhone will output 24/192 via the USB camera adaptor, or at least my DAC is showing 24/192. Still no way to upload my own 24/192 tracks to the phone though, apparently. It still maxes out at 24/96.
  4. I think Apple is just making this move to keep up with Spotify and Amazon. They seem fully committed to wireless audio, both with AirPlay and their high-end headphone options. I'd be surprised to see anything in the Apple Store that would compete directly with them. I can only see them releasing a lossless Bluetooth codec, at least in the short term, if existing AirPods can utilize it with a firmware upgrade. The aren't about to make $550 headphones that were only released 5 months ago suddenly obsolete.
  5. If I connect my phone to an external DAC using the USB Camera adaptor, lossless files playing from Apple Music do have the correct bit depth and sampling frequency. The question is, if there are no other apps open and the phone is on silent so there are no system sounds, do you then get bit perfect playback? It would seem to make sense given that there are no other sounds in the mix, but with Apple, who knows. You can use an iPhone as an audio input device in GarageBand. You can record the digital output of the phone, but only up to 24/44.1. One experiment to run would be to load a
  6. I'm sort of in the same boat. I have a 2019 iMac, but I am clinging to macOS 10.14.6 (Mojave) because I run BIAS Peak Pro 7 all the time, which is a 32-bit app. If I upgrade any further, I won't be able to use it. I'm not too worried about it, though. I will continue to play my own library of CD rips and hi-res files from the Mac and use an old iPhone to play lossless and hi-res files from Apple Music.
  7. Also, and I say this as an AirPods Max owner... Womp womp. Can I listen to lossless audio using AirPods, AirPods Pro, or AirPods Max? AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, and Beats wireless headphones use Apple’s AAC Bluetooth Codec to ensure excellent audio quality. Bluetooth connections don’t support lossless audio. Can I listen to lossless audio using the AirPods Max Lightning to 3.5mm Audio Cable? The Lightning to 3.5 mm Audio Cable was designed to allow AirPods Max to connect to analog sources for listening to movies and music. AirPods Max can be connec
  8. I have an old iPhone 7 that I just pulled out of a desk drawer, and it is going to become my dedicated Apple Lossless streaming device. I totally wiped it and disconnected it from my iTunes Match library. With regard to iTunes Match, I know that matched tracks can't be redownloaded in lossless, but I am at least hoping that they can be streamed in lossless from my main phone so that I can take advantage of my existing playlists.
  9. Correct. If you download a streaming track from Apple Music, it is protected by FairPlay Version 2 DRM. Tracks purchased from the iTunes Store or downloaded from iTunes Match do not have DRM. I assume lossless/hi-res streaming will use the same system.
  10. I believe that this may have happened with Apple Books due to some issues with publishing rights. But iTunes music purchases don't have DRM like the books do. Once you purchase something from the store, you are welcome to convert it to any format you like, burn it to CD, etc. As long as you make a back up, you effectively own it. It doesn't sound like they are going to be selling lossless/hi-res files anyway, so I guess it's a moot point.
  11. So I'll be the old guy and ask whether iTunes downloads will be available in lossless or hi-res. That's the best way to know exactly what is getting fed to my DAC.
  12. What a clean installation! Love what you did with the cabinet. I'm using a repurposed desk for my vinyl rig right now, but I'm looking for a console similar to what you are using. What is the cable running into the air vent?
  13. At least that's what the email I got from Qobuz says. I can stream Qobuz to all of my Sonos zones from the S2 app, but I don't know of any way to verify that it's actually 24-bit.
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