So I did the update to OSX 10.11.4 yesterday and noticed something different Previously before the update in System Preferences - Sound - Output the Emotiva BigEgo showed up in Devices and when selected allowed us to adjust the settings i.e. select the bit and sample rates. Since the update the only message is "The selected device has no output controls". I have tried the apple query search (Mac Help) with the answer "The selected topic is currently unavailable".
Has anyone else noticed this after the update?
Last Edit: Apr 13, 2016 2:01:01 GMT -5 by Gary Cook
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I'm going to make you a sort of "sideways" suggestion here.....
Normally, with a Mac or a PC, when you simply select a sample rate in the operating system, any audio you play is played at that sample rate. This means that, if the audio starts out at a different sample rate, it is converted. (So, for example, if you pick 44k, then full quality CD rips will be played at 44k, but high-res files will be down-sampled... which would be bad. And, if you pick something like 96k, then your 96k high-res files will be played at 96k, but your CD rips will be UP sampled... which isn't especially bad - but you might prefer not to do it anyway.)
I have no idea why the option to select a sample rate would have disappeared... and there is probably a solution for that... however...
1) If the option is gone, but the DAC is still working, and the sample rate is simply defaulting to the highest sample rate it supports, then it should sound just fine with everything - and that would be the setting you want if you play high-res files anyway.
2) For true "audiophile accuracy", allowing the computer itself to resample any files is less than ideal. For optimum performance, you should switch to a music player that supports "bit-perfect playback" - which means that each file is played back at the sample rate it was recorded at. Programs that support this include jRiver Media Center, Amarra, Audirvana, and iTunes (IF you add the BitPerfect plugin). And, if you're using a player that's bit-perfect, then the default system setting is moot.
Well, I get the same thing with my XMC-1... "The selected device has no output controls". That's when using the USB connection. I'm dog tired right now... ping me in this thread tomorrow and I will see if I can figure it out. I was playing with it earlier, trying to get 5.1 working on the USB output.
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