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ABX on OSX, Software to perform ABX tests on a Mac (no FB2K)
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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?


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kornchild2002
post Jun 3 2012, 14:19
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Not necessarily. Many people simply suggest conducting blind ABX tests in general regardless of what OS a user is running. Further questions regarding how to setup proper tests are then answered later on if a member still requires assistance. Otherwise it is assumed that the member who wants/needs to conduct an ABX test has figured it out and they have moved on. I don't think we should be linking people to methods for conducting ABX tests every single time someone suggest conducting one. The process would seem monotonous as every reply would end with "Here's how to conduct it in Windows, in Linux, and OS X..." I'm not even sure if there is a detailed article stating the proper steps for conducting blind ABX tests in Windows (detailed as in a common person can follow it easily).
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