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Hi This is a follow up to this lengthy thread: I have my pc (main computer) and 2012 mac mini connected to my rega dac r, using optical connection. I am still considering using an A-B usb to connect pc, freeing up optical to tv (this post with include a question on this.) The mac and pc both have this streaming software install: https://audirvana.com/. Setting are the same on the pc and mac, with pc outputting using WAPSI and mac Core Audio. My first question is, why are source and output identical on pc (eg 16/44.1-16/44.1), but on mac it always outputs at maximum bit depth (eg 16/44.1 - 24/44.1)? Is this a common thing with Core Audio? The second question I have is to ask whether or not audio grade usbs are just hifi bull****. I could pick up a basic one for a few quid or buy something like these: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Audioquest-Forest-USB-1-5-metres/dp/B00415AHFS/ref=sr_1_10?dchild=1&keywords=audio+a-b+usb&qid=1606001451&sr=8-10 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Chord-Company-C-usb-USB-Cable/dp/B01EXLF1ZA/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=chord+a-b+usb&qid=1606001612&sr=8-5 I'd happily take any advice you have on suitable usbs. The final question i have is in regard to a radio streamer. https://audirvana.com/ is a nice piece of streaming software, but it does not have the capability of adding radio URLs. Please might you be able to suggest mac radio streaming software that has the ability to be controlled from a phone app (like the remote for audirvana). NB. I VNC into the mac from my pc for management. Cheers
Excellent opportunity to buy customised Mac Mini, equally good for general use and more importantly HiFi duties. Firstly, memory is upgraded to 8GB and dual HDD adapter was put in place, so that one can install two disk drives in parallel. This particular sample includes Crucial C300 64GB SSD as boot drive and Samsung 830 Pro 256GB SSD as data drive. Secondly, internal PSU was removed and UpTone Audio DD Converter/Linear fan controller was put in place. Apart from the freedom of using external 12V (7A minimum) PSU, this would allow inclusion of high end linear PSU and that's recommended set-up for anyone planning to use this as HiFi audio streamer end point. For more information about the PSU upgrade, please follow this link: http://uptoneaudio.com/products/mac-mini-dc-conversion-linear-fan-controller-kit-mmk It's worth noting that Mac Mini will be re-formated and pre-installed with MacOS 10.2 Sierra before the actual dispatch. Actual serial number of this particular sample is C07GM1EZDJD1 as shown in the listing picture. Item condition is excellent, without any marks. It was used sparingly for half year as audio streamer but otherwise it was mostly idling at my storage space. Please let me know if you have any further queries .... *** External PSU is not supplied by default (either linear or SMPS) and they are available at extra cost. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss the options ... £470 + £12 insured next day shipping