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Motherboards with external DAC (ESS etc.)

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Asus Z370-P II
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i5-9600K
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GTX 1070
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iMac
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iOS
Does ESS DAC works separately than Realtek or is it part of package? And DSD hardware decoding works on OS X?
 

theruck

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Acer SF314-52
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i5-7200U
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HD 620
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MacBook
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iOS
check the DAC vendors for support of OSX, the mainboards and realtek chips have nothing to do with it. if you use a DAC you can disable the onboard audio chip in bios. if it is hardware decoding then it has nothing to do with OSX
 
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Motherboard
Asus Z370-P II
CPU
i5-9600K
Graphics
GTX 1070
Mac
iMac
Mobile Phone
iOS
check the DAC vendors for support of OSX, the mainboards and realtek chips have nothing to do with it. if you use a DAC you can disable the onboard audio chip in bios. if it is hardware decoding then it has nothing to do with OSX
asking because new Realtek chips have DSD decoding but doesn't work in DoP mode on Mac. USB DAC works as plug&play.
 
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X299 Designare EX
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i9-7980XE
Graphics
Vega 64
Mac
MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac Pro
Classic Mac
512K, Plus
Mobile Phone
iOS
You want something more expensive then. Like Topping DX3 or D10

 
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Asus Z370-P II
CPU
i5-9600K
Graphics
GTX 1070
Mac
iMac
Mobile Phone
iOS
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Gigabyte Aorus Z390 Ultra
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i5-9600K
Graphics
Vega 56
Mac
iMac, MacBook Pro
Mobile Phone
iOS
It's gong to depend on how good the audio circuits are implemented on your motherboard. I'm using a nicer MB with a dedicated power supply section for the audio and it the output is indeed clean. I'm just using the hack to enable Apple's default audio driver. It sounds good, good enough I put the Meridian DAC in a draw. Numerous people have commented on how good the audio sounds.

I'm using power studio monitors and a high subwoofer, the MB audio is doing just fine.
 
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