MAC for Computer Audio

Michael G. -- Mon, 07/18/2011 - 15:23

This is not quite a D/A converter topic for this forum but this forum seemed the best of an inadequate fit. As my prior post indicated, I'm intending to put together a great sounded, computer audio system, which will start off with a MAC computer.
At recent audio shows, a few exhibitors running computer-based audio to demonstrate their electronics or speakers used a modified MAC mini from a new, young company- Mach2Music (see www.mach2music.com) wherein they take a Mac mini, strip out unnecessary software unrelated to audio, replace the internal  hard drive with a small solid-state hard drive for the operating system and store the music files on an external hard drive (choice of solid state or conventional). The company founders believe that their modified system produces better sonics than using, say, a Macbook or a Macbook Pro. In theory, I can understand and support their conclusion of their system providing better sonics.However, most exhibitors using computer audio on the front end used Macbooks or Macbook Pros.
My question is one of theory versus practice. Does the Mach2Music system offer sonics that are audibly better than the Macbook or Macbook Pro?
Michael G.
 
 

firedog -- Tue, 07/19/2011 - 05:12

 Don't own one, but if you search other forums (Audiocircle, ComputerAudiophile) you'll find a lot of positive reaction to the Mach2Mini. Steve Nugent at Empirical Audio also recommends them as making an audible improvement. He's using one at shows with his equipment.
You could probably get another Mac to sound as good with a lot of tweaking and work, but a lot of what they are selling you is their experience in tweaking the Mac OS for audio only. 
There are similar treatments for Windows (Jplay) and Linux (Auraliti, Senore) which I have heard and sound better than the standard OS in those cases.

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