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Latest post 01-19-2010 4:29 AM by Stefan Zueger. 5 replies.
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  • 07-15-2009 5:39 PM

    Macbook Pro and DAC and Beolap3


    I've been recommended to get a DAC for my Macbook Pro to use with my Beolab3. Will this improve the sound quality significantly?

    I've been suggested Cambridge DacMagic but I think this is a bit too much for what I need as I will use it purely just for my laptop. Any other recommendation (cheaper)??

    Thanks you.

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  • 07-16-2009 12:22 AM In reply to

    Re: Macbook Pro and DAC and Beolap3

    A DAC will offer much higher quality analogue input to the speakers than your current inbuilt Mac Pro Laptop analogue inputs.

    I'd suggest the very good value for money and small "Devilsound DAC" for about $250 USD.

    There's a review at:

    And also:

    Among other places...

    Just plugs into the USB port... presto!

  • 07-16-2009 4:12 PM In reply to

    • Alex
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    Re: Macbook Pro and DAC and Beolap3

    If buying a decent DAC is a bit too much purely just for your laptop, then wouldn't you say a pair of ~£2.5k speakers is far too much? Wink If you really want to make the speakers sound like their price tag would suggest, you need to drive them with a decent source, which is what a decent DAC will give you, as long as you're listening to good-quality content.

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  • 08-07-2009 7:50 AM In reply to

    Re: Macbook Pro and DAC and Beolap3


    How can I control the volume when using a external DAC? Still with MAC volume on keyboard or with apple Remote?



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  • 01-19-2010 4:05 AM In reply to

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    Re: Macbook Pro and DAC and Beolap3

    would you be able to connect a DAC like this to an Apple TV (USB port) - given it doesn't have a system preference screen i don't think so but you never know....

    Grant me the serenity to accept the B&O I can't afford

  • 01-19-2010 4:29 AM In reply to

    Re: Macbook Pro and DAC and Beolap3

    I presume not.

    In Apple TV's standard configuration, the USB-Port is reserved for service access and has no function to the end user.

    If you install a functional enhancement like ATV Flash, the USB port is being freed, but only for the use as an external storage medium

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