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I have a Macbook Pro and considering how to establish an external hard drive for my music collection (all high resolution files at 24/192, upsampled with software). Would using an express card with SATA output be a better option than USB, firewaire or LAN? It seems that SATA uses PCIe technology internally

 

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I don't know whether it would be a better option or not, but if you do decide to got that route, assuming your Macbook Pro does have an Expresscard slot, make sure to get the right card.

 

The Sonnet Technologies Tempo Pro is a very good card and uses the latest Marvell chip and provides better performance compared to other competing cards.

 

This is how I plan to connect my external drive for music as well.

 

Gary

 

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I have a Sonnet Tempo Pro coming on Thursday. I'll let you guys know what I think.

 

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Lars, the Sonnet Tempo Pro should work great for accessing an external music library, but be aware that you cannot boot from an external drive using that card (if you ever wanted to).

 

But for the purposes of an external music library, it should work excellent.

 

Gary

 

Intel NUC NUC8i7BEH Roon Server running Audio Linux in RAM -> Sonore UltraRendu (Roon Endpoint) -> Uptone ISO Regen -> Singxer SU-1 KTE -> Holo Audio Spring Level 3 DAC -> Nord One UP Monoblocks -> Spendor LS3/5as | Music controlled via iPad (Power Conditioning: Audience adeptResponse aR12).  Twitter: @hirezaudio

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Thanks Gary for the info. Yes, it will be used with an OWC HD for my music library.

 

Wavelength Silver Crimson/Denominator USB DAC, Levinson 32/33H, Synergistic Research Cables and AC cables, Shunyata Hydra V-Ray II with King Cobra CX cable, Wilson Sasha WP speakers with Wilson Watch Dog Sub. Basis Debut V Vacuum turntable/ Grahm Phantom/Koetsu Jade Platinum. MacBook Pro 17\" 2.3GHz Quad Core i7, 8GB RAM, Pure Music, Decibel, Fidelia, AudioQuest Diamond USB Cable.

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