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Are Macs betters than PCs for high fidelity audio?

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Is there a reason why everybody here uses macbooks/macs or is it just coincidence?

post #2 of 45

That completely depends on which Mac and Windows computer you're comparing.

 

It depends on the hardware and software, neither is better than the other.

 

And btw, a Mac is considered a PC, since it's still a personal computer. Next time you should say Windows computer

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The Mac/PC makes zero difference, end of story.  Both have highly capable software, both can use very high end interfaces to transfer the data to audio.

 

At the end of the day its personal choice, and what you are more comfortable using.  If you are talking about editing audio or running a DAW then the debate can be a bit more technical, but for simple playback there is no "best".


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Is there a reason why everybody here uses Macbooks/Macs or is it just coincidence?

MAC computers are considered to come with somewhat better on-board (built in) audio, then a Win PC......but.

When you spend $250 or more for a Win PC motherboard, chances are it has better built in audio then the average MAC.

Also you can spend $175-$225 for a really good sounding sound card for your Win PC, which should (guessing) also be better audio then your average MAC.

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Is there a reason why everybody here uses macbooks/macs or is it just coincidence?

It's your imagination. How could you possibly know that everybody here uses macbooks or macs? (lol)
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Originally Posted by Joshua277456 View Post

And btw, a Mac is considered a PC, since it's still a personal computer. Next time you should say Windows computer

That's not how Apple thinks of it, or did you miss all of those commercials?



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Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux should be equal in sound quality considering equivalent software configured for bit-perfect output. I know Linux (and probably OSX since it is Unix-based) has lower audio latency than Windows... but this would really only affect recording. There are very low latency Linux distros designed for audio, but I've only used Ubuntu personally.
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Hi

 

I use linux on my PC and it sound definitely better than windows on the same computer. The sound depends definitely on your OS and the software you're using. 

Try Daphile for instance and let us know

 

 

Cheers

post #9 of 45
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 why everybody here uses macbooks/macs

 

I don't know about the 'here' but in general you are right. I have never been to a paid live performance where if a computer was used at all it wasn't a Mac.

 

I think this is for historic reasons and musicians tend to be very conservative. Being on stage can be nerve racking. Best play safe and use what everybody else does.

 

Before the advent of Vista audio processing actually was superior on a Mac. No one liked Vista much anyway so it wasn't until Win 7 that true parity was reached. 

 

Apple used to specialise in audio. A great deal of very high quality audio software and hardware was and in some cases still is Mac only. i.e. Metric Halo, Apogee, Audient . Many popular DAWs used to be Mac only although most have now caught up. i.e. MOTU Digital Performer. Early Windows ports had more bugs than the established Mac versions.

 

For domestic use though provided you are on Vista or later it makes no difference.

 

The one advantage I know of for Mac that still remains is you can use USB 3.0 ports without fear. Apple fixed the problem in the OS whereas Windows/Intel requires the manufacturer to write new bespoke software which not every manufacturer has done at this time. RME fixed the issue on their PC  products very quickly.

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Maybe Mac OSX has more and better software for audio available to it? 

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Maybe Mac OSX has more and better software for audio available to it? 

Read the post above this.  At this point software is about equal, it's mostly that Apple's name has been the go to for so long that people don't want to switch.

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Originally Posted by Joshua277456 View Post
 

That completely depends on which Mac and Windows computer you're comparing.

 

It depends on the hardware and software, neither is better than the other.

 

And btw, a Mac is considered a PC, since it's still a personal computer. Next time you should say Windows computer

 

Nope...we all understood what he said. 

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Originally Posted by RonaldDumsfeld View Post
 

 

I don't know about the 'here' but in general you are right. I have never been to a paid live performance where if a computer was used at all it wasn't a Mac.

 

I think this is for historic reasons and musicians tend to be very conservative. Being on stage can be nerve racking. Best play safe and use what everybody else does.

 

Best play it safe and not get a blue screen of death while onstage during a live performance. :wink:

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OS also is very important. Windows 7 and Windows Server 12 does not sound the same on the same software

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Hardware wise: macs better than average PC, but PC can get way better than Mac. For example I can get native i2s signal out of PC but no way with Mac. Or here is someone building audiophile level pc.

http://ppastudio.blogspot.tw/2014/02/the-total-solution-with-streacom-fc10.html

I can go into more detail on my initial statement on hardware if anyone wants to argue this, but iPads stink to type on.

OS wise: parity was reached a while back. However Mac OS less cumbersome to use. Full usb audio 2.0 fully supported in Mac as example vs customized drivers for PC.

Software/acessories wise: This is main reason for Mac historical advantage. Macs originally had better mixing and sound related software/accessories. As such, many sound pros grew up on macs. Today, I would say that it is no longer true. I would guess that PCs actually have more range of software/accessories today. However all major software is on both platforms, but I think Mac versions are a little more refined than PC versions.
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