The bulk of my music is 16/44.1 CD rips and that plays fine with what I have. However, I am slowly amassing a library of music from HD tracks, including 24/96 and even some 24/176.
A few questions:
1/ What would be the best way to play these on a Mac? iTunes seems to struggle with this, and when I tried running the music through Audirvana, I got a lot of hissing.
2/ I've seen some DACs refer to being able to play only 24/96 off USB output, and 24/192 off SPDIF. Is that a function of the Mac's USB output or the specific DAC under consideration?
3/ If I want to stream to my speaker-fi system, is there a consensus on whether using Airport Express is sufficient (I am ok with 24/96 for this), or whether there are any gains to using a wifi-enabled DAC?
4/ Is there a way to downsample 24/176 and 24/96 ALAC/FLAC files to 24/48, for uploading to an iPod?