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  1. Wondering if anyone is connecting MacBook Air as a one computer config so one usb port is connecting to dac, and internal ssd as boot drive - whats the best sq solution in your experience: 1. Use another usb port for external hdd - ssd, or just a regular drive? I play mostly dsd; 2. Use the SD card slot and better sq or not? 3. Use thunderbolt external hdd, better sq? Audirvana manual recommends making sure the high speed usb port are dedicated to usb connection to dac, not sure if the 2 usb ports on macbook air is on same circuit thus shared, therefore am wondering if using the other connection options may imprive sq. Anyone can chime in on this? Thanks.
  2. Hello, I'm looking for a good connection between a recent iMac and a Prism Sound ADA-8XR dac. Is there a manufacturer who offers Thunderbolt to Firewire 6-pin cables? It feels odd to start everything with an Apple adapter. Thanks for your help, Stephan
  3. I've searched around a bit and haven't found a thread that's directly on topic, so: I have a Slim Devices Transporter (two actually), and alternate between LMS and Roon. my server for both is a late model mac mini. music library is a 3TB drive, directly attached to the mini via USB 3.0. Lately I've had a problem with network noise, and have tried a variety of solutions, including optical links, to eliminate it. the cause does not appear to any one thing, so i'm looking at everything. Has compared a directly attached USB drive to the same via Thunderbolt? looking at noise and sound quality. similarly, has anyone experienced a difference between directly attached storage and a NAS, when used in a streaming set up? again, focused on sound quality/noise. thanks/
  4. G'day probably been asked a thousands times but what do people think has better performance for running itunes and your music library...a thunderbolt drive or an internal drive? I'm running a mac mini and I think my firewire drive has come to the end of its days :-( Cheers Charles
  5. Hi, I just signed up here today after discovering this site during some Googling. Maybe it's a bias on my part, given what I was originally looking for, but it seems quite an omission not to have a forum here that's specifically for the whole business of converting vinyl to digital. FTR, what I was specifically looking for (but can't find) is a true audiophile grade ADC unit that focusses on doing just the job I need it for, for which the specific specification would include: - highest-quality AUX level analogue inputs via standard RCA type connectors - Firewire 800 connection - Thunderbolt connection (at least as an option, if not standard) - maximum resolution/sampling rate of 24-bits/192 kHx (are higher capabilities yet available? I haven't seen them) - minimalist controls (if any?) - clean/smart aesthetic design I don't want/need: - phono stage/RIAA correction - masses of unusable inputs and outputs - front/back panels cluttered with costly and unneeded sockets, controls etc I want a box that puts the emphasis on the quality of the sound, not on providing a list of functional capabilities as long as my arm, which I'll never have a use for! I surely cannot be the only person that's in the market for such a product, can I?
  6. This is my first post here, a site I just recently found but have already much appreciated. My apologies in advance if this particular topic has already been addressed. As the title suggests, I'm looking into setting up NAS, and can't decide between using a Synology product or a Mac Mini with Thunderbolt storage attached. In terms of speed, I think the MM/T setup would be far faster. For example, Synology lists the max read speed of a DS412+ as about 180Mbps, while daisy-chained LaCie 2big's supposedly max out at 670Mbps (using 4+ separate units and RAID 0, I assume). From what I can tell, those numbers are approximately representative of both Synology and Thunderbolt options. In terms of versatility, it seems the MM would be superior, simply because it's a more fully-fledged computer that can be updated and upgraded more easily and thoroughly than a Synology product. As a result, I'm guessing it would also be the better machine if, in the future, someone else was trying to serve video in one room while I was listening to music in another. Obviously DSM 4.1 offers a lot of functionality that doesn't come standard with OS X, though I'm not sure how much of that gap remains if one installed OS X server on the MM. Either way, I don't think that'll affect my choice too much. As I understand things, the Synology's major advantage (depending on the model chosen) is price. As I'm not blessed with infinite income, that will be a major consideration. Most fundamentally, I don't imagine that either will give me a noticeably different sound when I'm actually listening, but please correct me if I'm wrong.
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