iTunes is anti-audiophile

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by mcleary, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. mcleary macrumors newbie

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    Hi All,

    Has anyone noticed that iTunes delivers audio in such a way, my grand worth of gear sounds like some cheap £200 stereo from Currys...

    I had this issue when we used to use the mac at gigs for music inbetween the bands.

    I'm using WMP on my PC while my iMac is in for repairs and the sound quality is just so much better... weird!?

    :)
     
  2. Mackilroy macrumors 68040

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    What quality of sound files are you using? MP3s? AAC? ALAC? Something else?
     
  3. mcleary thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ACC and MP3 @ 320! The same tracks on the nas drive but sound better delivered via the PC/WMP than they do via the iMac/iTunes

    It's very strange!
     
  4. jjvdhoef macrumors member

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    Instead of trolling, you could entertain the thought that it's just your mac that's defective. I have a mac and PC, hooked up to the same Marantz amp, and I can hear no difference whatsoever.
     
  5. torbjoern macrumors 65816

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  6. Mord macrumors G4

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    Personally my mac sounds better than my pc for playing music.

    Try playing the same track through VLC, maybe try booting windows on your mac to see if that makes any difference?

    Sounds more like some kind of hardware issue.
     
  7. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    A grand worth of gear? Audiophile?
     
  8. polkunus macrumors member

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    Who said iTunes is "audiophile" friendly?

    It isn't, and I don't think it'll ever be. It fits the casual mac user who isn't too "enthusiastic" about quality and flexibility.

    iTunes is great music management.
     
  9. dknightd macrumors 6502

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    make sure you do not have any effects, or equalizer, on.
     
  10. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

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    I don't know when you were using the Mac for these gigs or what version of iTunes you were running, but there was a major problem with iTunes 10.1 before the 10.1.2 update. This could be what you were experiencing.
     
  11. solussd macrumors newbie

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    Equalizer

    The equalizer in iTunes is off by default- turn it on by going to Window->Equalizer and checking the 'on' box.
     
  12. Hastings101 macrumors 68000

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    I guess I'm lucky, my hearing is so bad I can't tell the difference between any decent quality music and something considered high quality.
     
  13. Carl Abudephane, Feb 18, 2011
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