Ipad or Mac Mini. Which would sound better?

Discussion in 'Computer Audiophile: Software, Configs, Tools' started by crazychile, Feb 15, 2016.

  1. Abraham Lincoln

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    A very interesting read nateman831. Thanks!

    Makes me wonder how well an iPod Touch would work.
     
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    crazychile, very interesting comparisons. What would be interesting is to compare hi-rez tracks played back from your iPad vs a Mac Mini. On your IOS device, you can use Onkyo HF Player to play hi-rez tracks.

    I've been using a Mac Mini with Uptone Audio's MMK DC-conversion kit + a Paul Hynes LPS and I've been very happy with it. I use Audirvana plus and listen to a lot of hi-rez music, but it would be very interesting to hear hi-rez tracks through an IOS device.

    I'll have to get the USB Camera adapter for my iPad and give it a try.
     
  3. crazychile

    crazychile Eastern Iowa's Spiciest Pepper

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    Yeah Id like to know your experiences with that kind of comparison. I don't have any high-rez files, I just do .wav for now.
     
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    I'm curious as to the basis for your assertion. Can you cite to published teardown analyses that show that all Apple products use the same DACs and amps, for example?
     
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    Some time ago I started using Pi2 with volume as a source, powered by a customer made power supply unit. Sounded worse than a stock CD player, but it's WAY more convenient and it does sound noticeably better than any PC or Mac that i've tried. A friend of mine, also a keen audiophile, installed on his Pi2 some vanilla Linux and killed all processes except for the MPD and the essential ones. We've made an A/B comparison with two identical power supplies and his sounds better. The sound is not only fuller, but more transparent with better detail and tonal decay. It's a lot better than Pi2 with Volumio, but still a far cry from a high quality CD transport. I wish there was some simple computer that could sound as good as a CD player. I'm guessing the CD player is better due to its simplistic design. It was designed to do one thing only, but it does it better than anything else.
     

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