Monday, July 15, 2024

Do you really need an external DAC to get the most from Apple Music?

I like Apple music a lot, and while I’m slowly being tempted away to other, more niche music streaming services it will forever hold a place in my heart as the gateway to one of my most expensive hobbies. Apple Music lossless sent me down the dark and lonely path of finding the best audio gear possible, joining hundreds of other people in the long and dusty halls of audiophile-dom. Throughout my journey there was one question I always had – does plugging one of the best DACs into my Mac for Apple Music lossless even do anything?

For a long time, it was not a question I could answer. After all, DACs tend to be quite expensive, and when you could be spending money on new speakers or headphones, a DAC was a little further down my list of audio needs and wants. It was always there though, boiling away below the surface. Whenever I looked at the settings menu and Apple Music told me ‘to get the best sound quality, you need an external DAC or a newer machine’ I always wondered what it would sound like. Just how much of a difference it would make.


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