Play high sample rate digital audio on Mac computers

The audio hardware in some MacBook Pro, Mac Pro, and iMac computers supports 176.4 and 192 kHz digital audio.

These computers support up to 192 kHz sample rate for audio playback:

  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013) and later 
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013) and later 
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013)
  • iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2014)
  • iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014) and later
  • Mac mini (Late 2014)

To set your Mac to play high sample rate audio:

  1. Connect one end of a TOSLINK optical cable to the headphone port   on your Mac and the other end to your audio device (for example, a receiver or Hi-Fi stereo system).
  2. Open the Audio MIDI Setup app (located in Applications > Utilities). 
  3. Choose your audio device from the list on the left side of the Audio Devices window and, if necessary, choose “Use this device for sound output” from the Action pop-up menu   .
  4. Select a sample rate (for example, 192000.0 Hz) from the Format pop-up menu.

If the audio hardware in your Mac doesn't support high sample rate audio, use a third-party digital audio interface.

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