I’m currently working hard on writing the review of the Mhdt Labs Stockholm V2 vacuum tube USB DAC (below).
For a digital front end I am using my iMac with the new Mavericks OS and iTunes, which I’ve loaded around 900 to 1000 CDs at full resolution onto.
I really wanted to make sure I was getting the highest quality out of the Stockholm V2 vacuum tube USB DAC, so I’ve tried a number of high resolution music server software solutions.
I have to say most of the most of them didn’t impress me all that much, as they were plagued with a variety of issues related to compatibility with the new Mavericks OS, iTunes, or just didn’t really sound all that good , except one, which has really impressed me – Channel D’s Pure Music software.
One of the things I really like about Pure Music is how nicely it integrates with iTunes. I like iTunes for managing my music, and as you can see in the screenshot above, Pure Music just wraps around iTunes to embrace all the nice features of iTunes.
Here’s what the experience is like: When I turn on my iMac and the Stockholm V2 USB DAC, the iMac goes through its startup routine as the Stockholm V2 syncs with it, as validated by the Audio MIDI setup screen.
Once everything is all synced up I start iTunes and Pure Music up (below).
Pure Music software allows you to customize the settings for your system and tastes, and is straightforward to follow and understand. I had it up and running in no time, and I was really pleased with the results.
I really like Pure Music: It is intuitive to use, it works perfectly with Mavericks & iTunes, and it sounds great! In fact, listening to digital music on my system has never sounded so good!
You can download a full version to demo for 15 days so you can try it to see if you like it (I suspect you will, just like I did), then if you want to buy it ($129 USD) you’ll get a code to register it and you’re good to go.
So for the price of about three 45 RPM records you’ll have a state-of-art high-resolution music server software for your music collection, which is not a bad deal at all – highly recommended!
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