Optical to Analog on a Mac

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  1. onemind

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    Does anyone use the Toslink output of their Mac to feed a monitoring system. I'm thinking lately that with an outboard DAC sound quality from Garageband (and even iTunes) could be improved tremendously. Problem is the only one I've found so far is the Apogee mini-DAC for around 900.
     
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    Not on a Mac, but I use a toslink to connect to a Benchmark DAC-1, which then gets sent to a custom made audio router/attenuator. Works like a charm. When I bought the DAC-1, I was really torn between it and the Mytek. I thought the Mytek sounded slightly more accurate, the Benchmark a bit more musical and the headphone amp alone is worth the price, imo. I listen to iTunes all the time with this setup. Since then, Lavry has released the DA-10, which is supposed to rival anything in it's class. They all cost roughly $1k so it comes down to preference.
     
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    Thanks Tom, I was hoping to find a solution in the several hundred dollar range, but thats beginning to seem unlikely
     
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    I see, try a used Lucid da9624. They should be under $400.
     

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