I have used Audirvana 3.5 in the past on an MacBook Air (bought in 2013), which is now on its really last leg. So I need to replace it and would like to upgrade to Audirvana Studio. I have an ESOTERIC SACD K-05X with a nice DAC built in (capable of DSD 2.8 / 5.6 / 11.2MHz) and USB2 audio input.
There are a few older forum entries discussing the pros and cons of Apple vs PC but none seem to be recent.
→ What I am not sure about is should I buy an Apple mini or a small INTEL NUC or one of its derivates (which one?)
- I read a lot about “noisy” PCs and are really not sure what to buy to get a nice sound. Some say that older NUCs are better than new ones…
- which Mac is good enough? Apple does not seem to support 11.2Mhz
I would be really thankful for any recommendations!
Based on my personal experence, I would opt for Mac mini as the power supply is more stable and far less noisier than those of most PC’s. I recommend you to listen to a test of the team at Alpha Audio on streaming audio. comparing several option like Roon, JRiver and Audirvana. Listen till the end as they come to the conclusion that a more stable power supply is always beneficial to any kind of sound reproduction. Link: Can you hear a difference in streaming audio software? We are going to find out! - YouTube
I would also opt for 16GB as memory option. I reckon that a M1 Mac mini will do the trick equally good as a newer M2. I am using both an iMac and a MacBook Air (M1) with Audirvana 3.5 and Origin. All file formats are supported (including Hi-res, Masters, MQA, DSD). Every time I play with either 3.5 or Origin I am genuinely by the open and detailed soundstage in a myriad of very broad range of musical styles (classical, vocal singer-songwriter, jazz and some contemporary music provided it is recorded without a bass boost.
I hope that my personal experience and that of AlphaAudio will help you in your decision to moving forward to audio nirvana.
Thank you very much for your recommendations. I think I am going to look for a Mac Mini M1 with 16Gbit. Cheers!
Thank you very much for your recommendations. The MacBook is too old for any upgrades that are cost effective. So I am going to look for an Mac Mini…
Thanks! I will look for an Mac with 16Gb then…
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