Ok, trying to make a Roon vs Audirvana decision, so I plan to start a trial next week. This week is learning and setup.
- MacMini MID-2011, i5 2.5, 8GB RAM, 500GB HD, Network Attached 1000Mb
a) Upgrade Memory? 12GB? 16GB?
b) Upgrade HD - Add an SSD to run OS from, using current HD as Data?
c) External Storage - Firewire or USB? I have direct attach FW Drobo w/6.7Tb of Storage OR a USB 6Tb Drive. Which would you suggest? My rack is out of the room, so “noise” is not an issue.
- Music Library:
a) iTunes = AIFF Files. I have not used iTunes much, but have a 700Gb directory of all my old music from CD in AIFF format. When putting into iTunes, it creates new/added files. Can I do without them and just point Audirvana at my AIFF Directory? I would love to get rid of any remnants of iTunes if possible.
b) Tidal Subscription - Plan to integrate Tidal - Good Idea? Suggestions?
- Digital output to my PreAmp/DAC (Emotiva XMC-1 takes TOS/Coax/USB/AES digital interface). Mini only puts out TOS via the 3.5mm to TOS cable correct, unless I use USB…
- Remote - Suggestions? Best way to run the Mini remotely from my chair?
- Any other suggestions about services or other improvements?
Many thanks for this newbie…