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My mini is supercharged.........of course it's got a very_evil_smiley.gif SSD inside
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 Your notebook could also benefit from tuning/isolation/vibration control - you are not immune...sorry. In your quest to get greater understanding, you may actually be over analyzing how I achieved a thing or two. Don't overlook the internal wink_face.gif fan and a few other challenges.

And yes, been doin' memory play as well. Between OS X, Linux & Windows, I have 19 quality audio players; combos of players/servers.biggrin.gif
 

Back to your analysis. Perform each and every suggestion you've made and will make next, and your chassis can STILL be tuned. Many will assume the box they get from the factory and inside the listening room, once heard is the sound signature of their device. Environment can have a huge impact on one's sonic presentation from the feet they stand on, to the surface that supports those feet, design of the case and housing and so on...lots of stuff to examine if one is in pursuit of excellence. Or simple improvement, 'cause that's what enthusiasts do.

But then, your reality and motivation may differ from my own...

Post Script.:  One nice thing I really loved about one of my Linux setups was having MPD (Music Player Dameon) on the Network, while having the front-end client on my notebook pc. It was on par with the Mac/Amarra combo. But after a year having, tweaking and experimenting  with several audio players, clients and servers, I ended up where I started...back on the Mac primarily with a few preferred audio players.

With all the chat, I'm gonna have to contribute another pix later today.ksc75smile.gif
Please don't take this the wrong way, but I don't think you understand how computers or digital audio works.

And I'm surprised to hear that you prefer OS X for playback - I don't think there is currently anything better than WASAPI on Windows 7/8.
WASAPI Event Style via JRiver MediaCenter and its 64-bit internal audio processing engine (and a 500ms hardware buffer if you want - though it shouldn't be necessary) is probably the best output you will get from a computer.

I also agree with whoever it was that pointed out it was funny that you're using vibration isolation on the Mac Mini, and a TV tray for the turntable.
I'm not meaning to pick on you, I just found it very odd and wondered about the reasoning behind it.

 

With respect to this thread, a final comment addressing your views. I have the opposite opinion - it seems that you neither know my understanding of digital, computers and audio or my reality inside my own listening room. And do I really need to point out that people navigate the world with different sensitivities? It's becoming quite common on head-fi of members who make comments, not having a direct experience. But expressing what the feel/know to be true. Usually, this is based on what others (experts?) may have weighed-in on.rolleyes.gif Really though, I respect your opinion and others. But have been pointing out what my own experiences are with tweaking...and their results. This seems fair to me.

 

That my reality challenges your understanding should bring questions from you; others, and rightfully so. Yes, I did the Win7-Jriver-JPlay-WASAPI this and that, UNIX, Linux and the other suggestions you made.

 

"I don't think there is..." and "Probably the best output..." sounds like opinion, not fact. It did sound good, though.ksc75smile.gif Don't be so fast to kick Linux/Unix users to the curb.

 

Please stay focused, all of these other things are beside the point - it should be about tweaks shown inside the pix. For reax from you and others, feel free to express further on the backside (PM). Nuthin' wrong with friendly conversation and the exchange of ideas.

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LASTLY,  I thought the contrast of the TV tray sitting next to the mini was funny, too. I'm almost certain I explained that contrast a few posts up, but: I had just set the TT up for the first time; I am preparing to move and decided not to accommodate the TT until after the change in residence.

 

And remember, Audio can be fun, entertaining and engaging...don't be afraid to play around with your gear.

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Below: The turntables inside the foyer, waiting to get boxed.

 

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Edited by Silent One - 2/12/13 at 11:37am
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When I actually listen to digital through the Mac mini music server, I usually place about 3-3.25 lbs on top - the tea kettle works perfectly. This is because the mini is lighter than a stack of fluffy pancakes...or Astrud Gilberto's vocals.

 

This is too cool.  Can you post a pic if you get a chance?  

 

Trial & error...

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...or Pilot error? eek.gif

 

Below is one of many pix while conducting listening tests on the mini. Still haven't gone final with the little one yet. There are brass mini discs available to accomplish what the tea kettle is doing, so this isn't permanent. But now my new TT & vacuum tube amp pairing has my attention.wink.gif

 

LL


Edited by Silent One - 2/12/13 at 12:27pm
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PS1 - $25
PS1 Mods/parts - $75
Sennheiser HD598s (not shown) - $250
Woo Audio WA6 - $620
Nordost Frey RCAs and Brahma power cord - $2,800
Having your priorities in order: priceless
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Right now.
3am,
cup of tea,
Laura Marling,
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Now with added picture..
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Right now.
3am,
cup of tea,
Laura Marling,

Edited by Teddy Tc - 2/12/13 at 1:32pm
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Just a quick question - the Mac mini is a digital transport, no? With an SSD to boot. I fail to see the point of the wood and brass.
I mean, discussing the sound quality of different cables is one thing, but I don't believe for one second that anyone would be able to hear any actual difference sq wise whatsoever between a digital transport on brass spikes and one without them. How is there even a discussion on this? Far out. This is brilliant pebbles territory.
Edited by _nomad - 2/12/13 at 3:57pm
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My current bedside rig. The Bushmaster and DT880's are a match made in heaven :)

 

 Bedside rig ey? I have a portable setup, a setup for my desk, and the biggie for my living room. Starting on building a system for my bedroom, but what I never thought of was a rig specifically for my bedside!!! Wonderful!!!! Thank you so much! You just gave me another reason to justify buying more gear!!!

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Just a quick question - the Mac mini is a digital transport, no? With an SSD to boot. I fail to see the point of the wood and brass.
I mean, discussing the sound quality of different cables is one thing, but I don't believe for one second that anyone would be able to hear any actual difference sq wise whatsoever between a digital transport on brass spikes and one without them. How is there even a discussion on this? Far out. This is brilliant pebbles territory.

 

Im sure the vibration of the system could translate into unwanted noise. Think about when you are jogging and the cable continously slaps your side: you can definitely hear that transmit. But I think your questioning whether a MacMini with an SSD would vibe enough to warrant such an extensive anti-vibe setup. I have two ideas on this:

 

a) Although Im not sure what other equipment the person has (need to scroll back up to see which setup you are talking about), but usually the higher end the equipment you have, the more likely you are to hear noise from ambient disturbances (static from the circuits, actual vibration from the source, etc). So for someone with my setup, where the highest end piece of equipment I have is my Wharfedale Evo2-30s and my HD650, chances are, at the volumes I'd normally run, I would hear absolutely NO difference from running components such as stand alone transports (which people like because of the simplified, and hence quieter circuitry and machinery), power conditioners, super expensive cables that cost more than any single piece of equipment, or even anti-vibe stuff like what you are describing. But for some people with very high end, very sensitive and very loud equipment, I can see how trying minimize little stuff like that could add up to a much cleaner sound.

 

my other thought is:

 

b) **** like wood and brass just looks so damn nice!!!!!!!! Its beautiful stuff! Even if it gave no real tangible audio benefits, its just beautiful to look at. If you prize your setups as much as they do (and as much as I do) and could afford nice accents like that, why not? I try to make setups look as aesthically pleasing as possible, and if I had th ecash for some nice brass spikes or really nice high end dense wood, I would totally go for it. I really admire some of the setups I've seen here; some more for the furniture they have than the actual equipment!

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Just a quick question - the Mac mini is a digital transport, no? With an SSD to boot. I fail to see the point of the wood and brass.
I mean, discussing the sound quality of different cables is one thing, but I don't believe for one second that anyone would be able to hear any actual difference sq wise whatsoever between a digital transport on brass spikes and one without them. How is there even a discussion on this? Far out. This is brilliant pebbles territory.

 

Greetings _nomad. To keep it brief, yes it's a Mac mini music server. Yes, the pix is a shot of one of my experiments at a moment in time (not final). And make no mistake, I'm not out to convince anyone to believe what they will...or won't.

 

However...

 

...failure to see - discussing the sound quality - digital & brass - and brilliant pebbles? Your view is an indictment IF you have no hands-on/ears-on experience with these materials inside the listening room. Though, speculating can make for interesting chat. I leave now under the impression that some of you have this firm belief that digital is somehow immune to environmental stuff. And that Silent One istongue_smile.gif looney! Trust me, he is of sound mind. Now, if I were to drop the 36 lb tweak on your BIG toe, then....rolleyes.gif

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There's supposedly some valid science behind vibration damping for electronics, but it's really not for this thread*.

 

*Which means if you keep posting about it, I may have to start deleting posts. Please practice self-moderation.

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There's supposedly some valid science behind vibration damping for electronics, but it's really not for this thread*.

*Which means if you keep posting about it, I may have to start deleting posts. Please practice self-moderation.

Noted.
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Not much in the way of my entire setup present here, but a glimpse at what I've been listening to of late with the Mad Dogs (haven't ordered myself the new Alpha Pads yet). Also, I apologize for the fact that this went through an Instagram filter; the original is on my phone and it's a pain to get it off of that.

 

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PS1 - $25
PS1 Mods/parts - $75
Sennheiser HD598s (not shown) - $250
Woo Audio WA6 - $620
Nordost Frey RCAs and Brahma power cord - $2,800
Having your priorities in order: priceless

 

Holy f$@king ****. Contrasting those Nordost with the rest of the rig. But why? You're just as about as insane as I when I purchased almost 14 meters of Crystal Piccolino double run cables. Btw, how's the PS1 1002's I presume as a transport? Having heard good stuff about them I'm about to dive in one to get it tube buffered or Lampizarated.


Edited by DefQon - 2/12/13 at 6:11pm
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I had the cables left over from a two-channel stereo system I have since sold. The power cord is overkill but I love the RCAs in this setup. The PS1 is purr-fect with a tube amp. I use it for a transport and DAC. It's a model 5501 that's been modded with audiophile-grade caps and metal-film resistors feeding aftermarket RCA terminals directly off of the Asahi Kasei AK4309AVM DAC chipset (its an excellent DAC and the source of the PS1s magic). The power supply was recapped and calibrated. The transport was rebuilt and damped. It sounds as good as my Musical Fidelity CD player did (though it doesn't read scratched CDs as well). A guy on Audiogon sells them for $100 shipped. His Audiogon name is djdonis. It's by far the best CD player I have heard for the money. The Oppo BDP-95 and 105 have even better DACs if you can swing the extra dough.
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Senn Momentums, Ipod touch 3rd Gen & 5th Gen, Fiio E17, & Oakley Spikes (for mood)

 

 

  My current portable rig (with a spare IPod)

 

  • IPod Touch 3rd Generation
  • IPod Touch 5th Generation
  • Fiio E17 DAC/Amp
  • Sennheiser Momentum Headphones
  • Oakley Spikes (for mood)
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