I use MAX to rip CDs into ALAC (using cdparanoia with "never allow skipping" option). It also converts any format to any format.
XLD works well. I can't use Audirvana; it wants OSX 10.6 and my Macbook is running 10.5.8.
I downloaded Fidelia and my initial impression is that it sounds better than iTunes playing the FLAC files directly rather than using XLD to convert to Aiff...
BTW, what cable is most highly recommended for connecting the Mac to the DacMagic? At the moment I'm using the supplied usb but I think a mini-rca to TosLink would probably be better??? Is there such a thing as a mini-rca to coaxial???