@blueshurricane4, @vits95, @computersavvy
Dear blueshurricane4, computersavvy, vits95,
Thank you for your contributions. I am not an audiophile, but I am picky about music. I have entry-level HiFi components.
However, I used a simple low budget DAC connected to a Sony mini HiFi for this little test.
Using my Macbook Pro (late 2008), I used the equalizer of iTunes to alter the sound, and it did produce different digital outputs. I am now guessing that it broadly explains what you guys wrote.
Next, I turned off equalizer on both iTunes and VLC Player and compared the sound. To me, they did not sound so much different. In fact, I am almost convinced that they seem identical. If that is not the case, digital audiophiles would have a difficult time choosing and arguing which app would deliver the best sound! And again, what about different computers? Mac, Windows, “Linuxes”, and Windows/Linux dual boot? I am still quite confused, so I am taking the question/s to HiFi system companies, namely, Schiit and Cambridge. I will let you know if I hear anything back from them.