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A heartfelt greeting to all fellow enthusiasts!  I've been lurking here for months but perhaps more accurately stated, I've been a student going to school these past few months.  I'm one of those traditional two channel, tube riddled, types who has been exploring the world of headphones for the first time in my audiophile sojourn.

 

I've spent the last 4+ months ripping cd's via XLD and finally see the light at the end of the tunnel!  One disk drive and one desk chair later, I'm preparing to make a few purchases for amps/dacs.

 

I might add, this transitioning from brick and mortar stores to on-line purchasing, mostly due to the lack of vendors in my neck of the woods, has made this new pursuit difficult.

 

So for my first posting, I'm wondering if any using Schiit DACs, particularly the Bifrost or Gungnir have found they are compatible with BitPerfect/Snow Leopard OSX 10.6.8/and Integer Mode?  I've asked Schiit, who responded promptly, but alas they could not confirm my inquiry and BitPerfect's website specifically asks consumers not contact them for compatibility issues with hardware so can any confirm the aforementioned compatibility between software and hardware?

 

I would prefer not to upgrade the OSX to Mavericks due to compatibility concerns with some rather expensive software currently on the different family member's computers.

 

Many thanks for reading this post, for your thoughts, and especially for all the information I've acquired by reading your posts!

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Originally Posted by DaJerse View Post
 

A heartfelt greeting to all fellow enthusiasts!  I've been lurking here for months but perhaps more accurately stated, I've been a student going to school these past few months.  I'm one of those traditional two channel, tube riddled, types who has been exploring the world of headphones for the first time in my audiophile sojourn.

 

I've spent the last 4+ months ripping cd's via XLD and finally see the light at the end of the tunnel!  One disk drive and one desk chair later, I'm preparing to make a few purchases for amps/dacs.

 

I might add, this transitioning from brick and mortar stores to on-line purchasing, mostly due to the lack of vendors in my neck of the woods, has made this new pursuit difficult.

 

So for my first posting, I'm wondering if any using Schiit DACs, particularly the Bifrost or Gungnir have found they are compatible with BitPerfect/Snow Leopard OSX 10.6.8/and Integer Mode?  I've asked Schiit, who responded promptly, but alas they could not confirm my inquiry and BitPerfect's website specifically asks consumers not contact them for compatibility issues with hardware so can any confirm the aforementioned compatibility between software and hardware?

 

I would prefer not to upgrade the OSX to Mavericks due to compatibility concerns with some rather expensive software currently on the different family member's computers.

 

Many thanks for reading this post, for your thoughts, and especially for all the information I've acquired by reading your posts!


Dual boot to Win 7 or run VirtualBox and the like, problem solved.


Edited by DrSheep - 4/28/14 at 7:20am
post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply, Mr. Sheep.  I would prefer not to go back to MS anything for a host of reasons and I'm not sure there is a problem, my other DACs are fully compatible with Snow Leopard/AIFF files/BitPerfect/ and Integer Mode.  Schiit, among a short list of others, are on our radar for possible purchases so we are trying to avoid restocking fees (though modest) and additional shipping fees to do our own on hands research. 

 

It has been an interesting journey exploring this part of the audiophile community (headphone/earphone + belated equipment enthusiasts).  Many of the manufacturers for non-desktop/portable equipment list their products compatibility with various file formats, e.g. WAV, AIFF, FLAC, etc. and software packages, e.g. Audirvana, JRiver, etc., but this does not seem to be the norm within this cohort--I'm adjusting and learning as I go while trying not to make any mistakes.

post #4 of 6

Than how about running a newer version of OSX in a VirtualBox?  This might help:

 

http://kb.parallels.com/en/118806

post #5 of 6
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Dr. Sheep,

Again thank you for your prompt response and for taking the time to help!  I understand dual boot options for Macs and surely this might be one way of proceeding if no information about format compatibility is available however whether I'm running Maverick or Snow Leopard, the question remains whether BitPerfect/AIFF/Integer Mode is available to me with a specific DAC brand.  From the big rig side of the audiophile community, I know there are digital products which do not support AIFF files for example, is it your implicit instruction that all or most desk top or portable dac units do?

 

I was hoping some Mac user who uses a desk top or portable with AIFF files might have first hand experience.

 

Again thank you for your expertise and assistance.

post #6 of 6

I already checked for you before I post, and Parallel 9 supports both version of OSX you want (physical install of your current old version, then use Parallel 9 to run a virtual version of the newer OSX.)  Sorry that I don't know about the BitPerfect mode of some of the DAC in question, so try posting this in the computer audio section of the forum.

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