Looking for info on what music app to use. My setup is as follows:
Source: MacBookPro for Lossless CD rips and some 96x24 and 192x24 files from HDTracks.
The laptop is plugged into a Nuforce Icon HDP with a mini-optical cable.
I also use 650D headphones with the Icon.
So I think I have a fairly decent setup from the raw digital data files to the headphones. Now, I'm trying to figure out what app to use on the Mac. I tested VLC, Soundbird and iTunes side by side. It seemed to me that VLC was cleaner/faster than the other 2. Overall, there seemed to be a real difference in the sound from VLC and Soundbird/iTunes. Soundbird and iTunes didn't seem to have a lot of difference. Of course, I have to use VLC or Soundbird for the 24bit audio files.
I was actually shocked to hear that much of a difference in the music application. So, the question I pose to the experts out there, which app is best for Mac?