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Powerbook As DAC w/OSX10.4.11

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A friend gave me an old powerbook that run OSX 10.4.11 and I'd like to turn it into a DAC that can work with my good audio system.

I'd appreciate any info on best sounding software and maybe even hardware tips. I know Amarra is probably a good place to start, but is there a version that works on OSX10.4?

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I use my laptop for private/portable streaming with headphones. For awhile I used the built-in DAC with my Macbook Pro (2013 model). Then I got an Audioquest Dragonfly 1.2 DAC/amplifier. HUGE sound quality improvement. For playback and control I use XBMC running in a window. Because all my audio files (ha!) are in FLAC, I also use XBMC when I burn CDs.

That's how I do it. I'm sure others will have different ideas.
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A friend gave me an old powerbook that run OSX 10.4.11 and I'd like to turn it into a DAC that can work with my good audio system.

I'd appreciate any info on best sounding software and maybe even hardware tips. I know Amarra is probably a good place to start, but is there a version that works on OSX10.4?
This'll work, and iTunes should work just fine, unless it is missing features you need (like handling FLAC). Unless the PB has noise issues (and you'll only know once you hook it up), the only hardware you'll need is a cable.

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This'll work, and iTunes should work just fine, unless it is missing features you need (like handling FLAC). Unless the PB has noise issues (and you'll only know once you hook it up), the only hardware you'll need is a cable.
Thanx for the info, but I know programs like Amarra increase the sound quality. Only problem, Amarra only works with intel Mac's and this is a G4.

I was hoping to find a program that would do something like Amarra for a G4

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Thanx for the info, but I know programs like Amarra increase the sound quality.
And how do you know that?

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And how do you know that?
I did some homework. I'm asking intelligent forum members like you for ideas and info.

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I did some homework. I'm asking intelligent forum members like you for ideas and info.
Well, I gave you some info. You didn't want it. That's fine with me. Good-bye.

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Thanx for the info, but I know programs like Amarra increase the sound quality. Only problem, Amarra only works with intel Mac's and this is a G4.

I was hoping to find a program that would do something like Amarra for a G4
Just so you understand, you can't improve the sound of digital music. The sound quality is locked in the data in which it is encoded. It is a bit stream not waveforms. You can alter the sound after conversion. But calling it different would be more accurate than calling it better. Better is a matter of preference.

What you need to look for is a software equalizer that works with the sound system in your computer. That will allow you to alter the sound yourself to your own preference. I'm not an Apple user so I'm not familiar with available software but now you know what you are seeking.
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