After testing with multiple devices we have some more answers.
With my Mac I use the included tool Audio MIDI Setup to set the output format to an appropriate value (eg. 32bit, 384 kHz). Interestingly the Audinst device had the most sophisticated settings:
Headphones: beyerdynamic DT 1770 PRO
- Grace m9XX: still sounds awesome, current drop: massdrop: Grace m9XX
- Aune X1s: right behind the Grace m9XX for half the price
- Audinst HUD-DX1: a bit behind Aune X1s
In general the Grace m9XX just has the bass to keep you pushed and a magic clarity with which every song sounds different than before without it. Also the dynamic range is just more present and larger.
If you want to go for high quality data music on a Mac, use the Pine player which is available for free on the app store.
It allows to play existing digital audio forms such as MP3, FLAC, APE, AAC, M4A, WAV, AIFF, OGG, WMA, DSD etc. and it also has a strong playing capability for listening to CUE files in the most convenient way.
Especially FLAC and DSD are iteresting for the best possible output on a DAC/AMP combo for headphones.
Example hires files are to be found at 2L.no so you can check them with the Pine player on a Mac with external DAC.
Tested the Grace m9XX this week – just wow.
I used it with the superb beyerdynamic DT 1770 PRO, successor of the famous 770 PRO and plug it into the Grace m9XX.
The Grace m9XX is connected via USB to my Mac, running Spotify with High Quality Streaming activated.
Sadly, the Massdrop x Grace Design m9XX is only build in small ‘drops’ so I’m waiting for the next one to get this great little device.
Went to Technikum on Friday, April 15th, a small event venue at Kultfabrik area besides Ostbahnhof in Munich to see and listen to Jamie Woon. Let’s talk about environment. The lighting was excellent for such a small place and provided a great visual background. For me it’s also important that it’s not crazy hot when the room is stuffed with people – was ok there due to high ceilings and ventilation.
Warmup was provided by Jodie Abacus. The charming singer provided nice music, however the song texts were a bit weird – spoon? Coca-cola? I think I would have liked it much better if I didn’t understand the text. So please, better lyrics would be appreciated.
Main act Jamie Woon provided a great show, especially to mention the two sidekick singers contributed to an excellent atmosphere. One song before the last he did an intense solo with guitar. I think the last song was Shoulda, fitted perfectly.
Jamie Woon: Shoulda