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Dear all,

 

I live in Brazil and am just concuding the set up of my 50% music 50% HT system. I already have a Mac Mini (sorry, do not remember the vintage) ith 16GB of RAM and would like to turn it into a media center. I figurde out already that I will need na external Hard drive. Apart from that I am completely lost.

 

Briefly, my system is as follows:

 

LR Speaker: BW 802 Diamond

LR Suround: BW SCM1 Nautilus

Amp: Bryston 9B ST

Processor: Integra 80.3

Front end: Oppo 105D

 

My initial idea was (is) to connect the Mac Mini through an HDMI cable to Integrs PC input at the integra. Is that the best way?

 

Can I use the DAC of either the Integra or the Oppo (I would hate to paydouble for something that I already have)?

 

What would be the recomeded next steps?

 

Thanks to all i advance. Great fórum (will be even better when I understand all the lingo, hopefully)

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I think your best bet for connecting the Mac Mini to the Integra is to get a USB to. SPDIF converter and then use an SPDIF input on your preamp. You will then be using the internal DAC of your Integra.

 

Have ver you ripped your CD collection yet? Are you using iTunes or other software?

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Ry Cooder

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I have not ripped my CD collection yet. Will install the software and then do it. I think I will install JR.

 

Do you think it sprefrable to convert from USB to SPDIF than use the integra USB port? Just out curiosity (trying to understand stuff), why do you think that that would work best?

 

I read somewhere that some Mc minis have SPDIF hidden. If that is my case, would it be better to just use SPDIF from one to the other?

 

Thks again

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The headphone output jack can serve a dual purpose as mini Toslink to Toslink connection which you could use the optical input on your preamp then.

 

JRiver for Mac does not support ripping. I would use XLD.

"If you fly a flag of hate you are no kin to me"

Ry Cooder

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The headphone output jack can serve a dual purpose as mini Toslink to Toslink connection which you could use the optical input on your preamp then.

 

JRiver for Mac does not support ripping. I would use XLD.

 

The not ripping is an issue. First I heard about it. Good to know, thanks.

 

just reading my Integra's manual and it says (1) not to use the USB input for music as it will not work and (2) that only HDMI suports 192 mhz. Then the question, why not use HDMI?

 

thankx again

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The not ripping is an issue. First I heard about it. Good to know, thanks.

 

just reading my Integra's manual and it says (1) not to use the USB input for music as it will not work and (2) that only HDMI suports 192 mhz. Then the question, why not use HDMI?

 

thankx again

 

JRiver for Mac is now my primary library manager and playback software. I do use XLD for ripping and transcoding. I still have iTunes and use it with Audivrana as the playback software on occasion.

 

JRIver Media Center on the Windows OS does support ripping.

"If you fly a flag of hate you are no kin to me"

Ry Cooder

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JRiver for Mac is now my primary library manager and playback software. I do use XLD for ripping and transcoding. I still have iTunes and use it with Audivrana as the playback software on occasion.

 

JRIver Media Center on the Windows OS does support ripping.

 

Is the metadata also available on the itunes + audirvana and the JRiver equaly well?

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Is the metadata also available on the itunes + audirvana and the JRiver equaly well?

 

Yes. If I edit metadata in JRiver it carries over to iTunes and vice versa. I point both tools at the same folder structure.

"If you fly a flag of hate you are no kin to me"

Ry Cooder

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I see no reason to avoid the Integra's HDMI input from the mini. Use the mini for serving up audio and the Oppo for HiDef video. But if you like the convenience of a video juke box/ streamer format, I suggest the addition of an Apple TV.

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The Oppo 105D has an async USB DAC connection that even supports DSD128. HDMI doesn't sync data, and it's mixed up with audio on a video sub carrier...good for pictures, not so great for audio.

 

Use a USB cable from the mac Mini to the Oppo and the analog out (XLR!) to the Integra as per existing cabling.

 

Recommend audirvana + as playback if you wish to retain OSX.

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The not ripping is an issue. First I heard about it. Good to know, thanks.

 

just reading my Integra's manual and it says (1) not to use the USB input for music as it will not work and (2) that only HDMI suports 192 mhz. Then the question, why not use HDMI?

 

thankx again

Because your USB input on your Integra won't serve the purpose needed with the Mac Mini is why I recommended a USB to SPDIF converter (many are available from a few dollars to a lot of dollars).

 

I can't make a recommendation on HDMI simply because I've never used it other than as the video connection to my HDTV which acts as my monitor for the Mac Mini when needed.

 

Others who use an AVR are more likely to use the HDMI connection route. I have always used an external DAC which do not support HDMI so the USB or SPDIF have been my options.

"If you fly a flag of hate you are no kin to me"

Ry Cooder

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