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Alan B

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I am so happy with my new music server. First of all thanks to all for their help. I purchased a Mac Mini (MB139LL/A), then connected it via ethernet to my local network (router, cable modem, printers, other computers, etc.) which are located in my office located below the music room. I initially decided to go with a standalone 1TB WD external hard drive (firewire connection). Both the MAC Mini and the WD HD are totally silent. After I rip my library I will do a backup to another 1TB HD then take it off line entirely (100 cd's down, over 700 to go) or look into a NAS storage device. The Mac Mini outputs the music to a Benchmark USB DAC1>preamp>poweramp.

 

Here's the "But". After I finish ripping all my CD's I would like to remove the monitor from the Mac Mini. I tried connecting a regular laptop (Vista PC) using a VNC (TightVNC) type connection. While it worked it was very slowwwww. My question, is there a faster way to connect and get complete control of the Mac Mini with either a Vista based laptop or a Mac based laptop? I would like to be able to control the Mac Mini's desktop just like I was sitting at a screen/keyboard connected to the Mac Mini, but at a much faster speed. I borrowed the Vista based laptop to try the above connection, but I am not opposed to purchasing a new Mac laptop if it will allow for a much faster connection to the Mac Mini.

 

Thanks

 

Alan B

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1/ Control itunes with the "Remote" App for iPhone/iTouch (I have tried this and it works a treat with my imac),

or if this isn't enough:

2/ I think there is now a VMN (virtual machine) app out now for the iPhone/iTouch which will put the whole screen on the iPhone...but I havent tried it and cant remember what the app is called....visit the Apple app store...

 

New simplified setup: STEREO- Primary listening Area: Cullen Circuits Mod ZP90> Benchmark DAC1>RotelRKB250 Power amp>KEF Q Series. Secondary listening areas: 1/ QNAP 119P II(running MinimServer)>UPnP>Linn Majik DSI>Linn Majik 140's. 2/ (Source awaiting)>Invicta DAC>RotelRKB2100 Power amp>Rega's. Tertiary multiroom areas: Same QNAP>SMB>Sonos>Various. MULTICHANNEL- MacMini>A+(Standalone mode)>Exasound e28 >5.1 analog out>Yamaha Avantage Receiver>Pre-outs>Linn Chakra power amps>Linn Katan front and sides. Linn Trikan Centre. Velodyne SPL1000 Ultra

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You can also use "screen sharing" between two Macs. You said you were open to buying a Mac laptop so this may be your solution. I already have a Macbook Pro that I use for other stuff, and I just bought a regular Macbook that I plan to use as my music server. So, this is the remote method I plan on using. Here is a little tutorial from Chris:

 

http://www.computeraudiophile.com/node/422

 

Another option is to set up AOL instant messaging on both machines, and there is a screen share option via that. Don't know if this would work across Win and Mac platforms but it might.

 

Of course, a lot of folks, like wappinghigh above, are big fans of the iTouch/Phone solution. That is indeed pretty slick.

 

TheOtherTim

 

 

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