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ABX on OSX, Software to perform ABX tests on a Mac (no FB2K)
post Jun 2 2012, 10:36
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Many people here on HA running OSX are daily advised to perform ABX tests in all those fast spreading threads about XLD, AAC etc...
Well: apart from running FB2K on WINE/Crossover or on a virtual machine, AFAIK the sad truth is that there are very few easy ways to do it. sad.gif

I use this very simple and effective application: ABXer by Empty Music. Unfortunately their site has been down for a long while, and the home page says "Website Coming Soon! Stay Tuned". Let's hope for the best.

There is also an ABXTester application on the App Store. I haven't tried myself, but from an user comment it seems that it doesn't handle FLAC. It should at least support ALAC and other "native" OSX codecs. Another limitation is that the number of trials is hard limited to 5. This program also has an iOS version and seems actively developed, but the developer's site is in japanese only… and I already have my quota of troubles with english, so won't go any further! wink.gif

None of the above offers automatic level matching.

Does anybody know of something useful to add to this very short list?

... I live by long distance.
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post Jun 3 2012, 02:03
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I have no MAC and donīt know if a standard OSX user can access it but what about the tool mentioned at the end of the thread called "Does "Mastered for iTunes" matter to music?..."
The member tarsier says about the Apple's tool set: "It includes the Audio Units plugin: AURoundTripAAC which includes an ABX test section. "

With 24bit audio you can listen to silence much louder
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