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  1. It does on my "Computer Audiophile on the Cheap" system. Transferring a file via USB3.0 to the SSD from the External 4 Tb Hard Drive, and playing it from the SSD actually sounds better. I don't know why, but it is certainly worth transferring your play-list over from their safe homes on the External, and kill them off when you are done listening. I don't get into arguments with folks about USB interconnects to the external DAC, but some sell for a few dollars and others cost Hundreds. I think phenomena I am describing has more to do with the quicker throughput of the file, from the SSD to the DAC. Don't know, don't care. It sounds better.
  2. I have been running my system with a 2009 MBP with a regular internal hard drive (OS and program). Music has been fed through an external hard drive via Firewire 800. It was my assumption that upgrading the internal HD to a SSD was a natural progression. And it has been a great improvement in speed for my general computing tasks. However, I have been disappointed in the sound. My sound has become thinner on the high end with much less life. Just wondering if folks with older MBPs have upgraded to SSDs and if mine is a common experience. (SSD is from OWC designed for the vintage model.) Thanks in advance, Rick
  3. Dear All, I'm looking to replace an older SONORE music server box, which had been serviceable, but now severely limited by driver support for its LYNX AES16 Sound card. There's obviously a myriad of options and as much as I'd love to research/spec out from scratch, I simply don't have the time to invest in the learning curve. Wishlist is as follows: Extraordinary sound quality Rock solid, bullet-proof, appliance style operation, with remote control (MCE is fine) Dual boot 1) VB as well as stripped down 2) MS Windows with audiophile optimiser from AudioPhil. Ideally a third boot option which would be OpenElec - this triple boot option would be great (but only to the extent it does not complicate setup/daily use as an appliance or degrade sound quality) audio output from a) sound card or b) USB/firewire to AES/EBU input on McIntosh MX151 Interfaces - 1) MP Droid / JRiver - 2) ROON for Windows and 3) Kodi for OpenElec SSD for OS and NAS for audio files (or local 2 - 3 TB Drive, whichever is better sound quality/ease of use) DSD and FLAC all sampling rates to to 24 bit / 192 kHz Multi channel (5.1) nice but not critical Video card (ideally 4K) or happy to go headless if this really complicates set up/degrades audio quality. The 4K option would enable me to use this also as a high end video server All audiophile grade components inc. mother board - no weak links Isolated signal/audio paths Optimumly clocked No jitter introduced Isolated /clean power supply (240V) Filters, etc. Streacom FC-7 Alpha or similar form factor DAC NOT needed - the McIntosh MX151 has an onboard DAC Up to about say $3,000. 50% up front and 50% on completion I'm ready to roll now; feel free to respond here or via pm, with confirmation of your intended approach, components (makes and models), drivers, config, timeframe, etc. Many thanks guys Jim
  4. My MacBook pro died, and want a "just right" recommendation on a Mac Mini music server solution. My gut feeling is - i5 processor, 4-8 gigs of RAM, and SSD. Used is just fine with me from eBay. Should music library be on the internal SSD or external USB SSD? What about storing music on large internal SD card, how's the quality of music stored on SD card, vs interntal SSD or external USB SSD? Thanks!
  5. Hi fellow sound quality seekers I want to make a couple of super SATA cables, just to see what everyone is talking about. My problem is that i am unable to find the connectors. Anybody knows where? I will post pictures and resuls if i succed with something that is worth the time and efford.
  6. Hello all, I think I've read lots of tips here, about how to get the better sound from your SSD/HDD/SD card or other internal/external storage device (FW and Thunderbolt : good, USB : garbage...), but did anyone tried to connect his SSD/HDD to the internal PCI-e or mini PCI-e output of the Mobo ? I read that the reason why Mac Mini's did sound quite good with the Thunderbolt external disks was because it was powered from a mini PCI-e bus (?). I have a mini PCI-e output I don't use on my HDplex PC mobo (I removed the wifi card who was there...). Do you think I could gain something with a mini PCI-e to USB or Sata adapter ? Something like this : Carte Mini PCI Express USB 3.0 - Vente Carte Mini PCI Express USB 3.0 sur conrad.fr | 986875 (french link, sorry) My current stting is an external usb 1 To SSD with a 3.0 short cable to my HDplex PC, but powered with a Teddy Pardo 5v PSU (usb to 3,5mm mini jack). It's already very good to my ears : about the same that internal Sata , but it was too hot to let it there... So, can I expect something better with mini PCI-e + 5v power through external PSU, or is it just bullshit ? Thanks for any advice.
  7. Selling one-owner MacBook Air 13" Mid-2013 computer. 1.3GHz I5, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD. Asking price of $750USD includes shipping to US contiguous 48 states. I bought an Aries and use this only for audio, so actual wear & tear is light. Bought new from Apple in May 2014. Mavericks is installed on a 32GB SD card and all of "The Audio Optimization Guide for Apple OX - Mavericks" have been run - and yes, running from the SD card does sound better . There is a user named "Music" on the internal SSD with the same configuration. Audirvana+ 2.x, Ammara SQ, and Tidal are installed. I will include a 1TB WD USB drive and of course the SD card with the OS. Includes original box, power adaptor, packaging. Easy way to get into computer audio, please PM me with any questions or to purchase. Thanks, TP
  8. Following a successful insurance claim, I have an amount to spend on a new audio computer. I previously used a 2009 2.26 gHz Mac mini with SSDs, Mountain Lion & Audirvana+. I want a more family oriented HTPC this time (previously everything was stripped down for audio only). I can have a separate user account for audio if needs be, but I want the machine to be used by the family for streaming HD movies, and light gaming (minecraft etc). It should be fairly future proof. I would like to interface with it via Android tablet & phone (we have no other iThings at home). I am looking at i5 NUC builds & mini ITX builds which are low power, passive cooled SSD machines, or for the same money middle range Mac minis with spinning drives & SMPS. I don't doubt either either machine is more than capable in terms of hardware, but still, a mini ITX build appeals due to a sense of 'audiophile good practice', ie passive cooling, SSD, low power (optional LPSU) and possible PCI expansion. Yet a Mac would have OSX, which is great IMO. So although a modern Intel PC gives more hardware for the same money, I also have to decide between W8.1 and OSX. It has been suggested to me that the Mac will sound better despite the hardware differences, as "OSX is just better for audio". Has anybody any experience of comparing the two operating systems SQ? Or failing that, observations? My impression is this doesn't matter too much, but as I am waiting for the settlement to arrive I might as well ask the question.
  9. I understand that one should avoid bus conflict, i.e. connect the external storage HD via FireWire when using a USB converter, and vice versa (my most likely setup: a Weiss FireWire converter and external storage connected via USB). Now, if one installed a second SSD instead (in the optical drive bay), installing it as an individual volume accessible via the desktop (just like an external storage drive), is there any bus conflict there? Greetings from Switzerland, David.