I have the latest Mac Mini M1 (2021) with 16GB RAM (this is an Apple custom-built Mac mini).
I have it connected to my PS Audio DirectStream DAC with a high-end Curious USB cable.
I’m running Audirvana Studio music management software on the Mac.
My problem is that the sound is all distorted: there is a crackling sound coming through (sounds as if it is short-circuiting) and the sound breaks up.
It’s really bad! So I cannot play downloaded digital music from the Mac Mini to the PS Audio DAC.
The problem is the same if I try to play music from Apple Music.
How can I solve this problem?
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