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post #2206 of 2583

SSD inside Mac mini :  :

 

Though, I lack any hard evidence, Jamming a SSD down my mini's throat was the first thing I did upon purchase. Probably during :Dthe first 48 hours. Just seemed like an optimum solution.

post #2207 of 2583
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Originally Posted by NinjaHamster View Post

If we are going to start "rolling" Hard-Drives, the ones made in the 1940's,50's and 60's should sound best ... I'm off to look for a Telefunken SSD ... biggrin.gif

Lmao
post #2208 of 2583

I thought something like a HifimeDIY USB mains isolation device would kill any mains noise at the output stage that gets in the Mac audio system ?

post #2209 of 2583
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My experience is that Mountain Lion was a noticeable upgrade in sound vs Lion.  Also the SS drive should sound a bit better than the internal standard HD.  I have found through extensive experimentation that playing music via an external drive hooked up via ethernet to an airport extreme USB drive to give the "best" sound in  my system.

 

And no I will not respond to anyone who says it cannot be, it does sound better in my system.  Link 

 

Mind explaining how I am setting this Airport Extreme up if I were to do it with my USB 3.0 external hard drives and my macbook pro which only has USB and Thunderbolt ports. Also, could I use Airport express in this. I'm not very familiar with these two products. Thanks.


Edited by Zoom25 - 7/9/14 at 7:59pm
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Mind explaining how I am setting this Airport Extreme up if I were to do it with my USB 3.0 external hard drives and my macbook pro which only has USB and Thunderbolt ports. Also, could I use Airport express in this. I'm not very familiar with these two products. Thanks.

not sure if the airport extreme is 3.0 or not, look it up.  As for usb 2.0 drives just plug into the extreme and set to share the drive with your mac os.  Search up how to do it on the apple site.  The extreme connects to the mac via ethernet not usb or thunderbolt.

 

So in essence what you are doing is setting up a network derive.  Apple site has all the info you need to set it up.

post #2211 of 2583

bixby do you guess that a USB isolator device could remove this noise you hear in various OSX hardware configs ?

On an SSD MBA on battery power with the HiFimeDIY USB noise isolator it seems fine to me no with discernible background 'dirt'.


Edited by Lohb - 7/10/14 at 11:56pm
post #2212 of 2583
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bixby do you guess that a USB isolator device could remove this noise you hear in various OSX hardware configs ?

On an SSD MBA on battery power with the HiFimeDIY USB noise isolator it seems fine to me no with discernible background 'dirt'.

not sure since I have never used a usb isolator.  I can hear a noticeable improvement when using a usb dac with the mini and connected with a powerless usb cable.  It's not just perceived background dirt, but space and more natural timbre are more apparent.  Many of my fellow Colorado geeks are running xmos based dacs that do not need usb power from the computer and all have reported nice increases in fidelity with powerless cables.

 

I assume you are using the isolator to clean up the usb power leg to your dac?

 

One other tip about battery vs plugged in laptops.  My macbook (when I used it for music) sounded better with the power cord in vs running on battery.  Gordon Rankin also has mentioned this and it may be due to the battery management software that is running when on battery power.  In all cases though, trust your ears.

post #2213 of 2583
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Originally Posted by bixby View Post
 

not sure since I have never used a usb isolator.  I can hear a noticeable improvement when using a usb dac with the mini and connected with a powerless usb cable.  It's not just perceived background dirt, but space and more natural timbre are more apparent.  Many of my fellow Colorado geeks are running xmos based dacs that do not need usb power from the computer and all have reported nice increases in fidelity with powerless cables.

 

I assume you are using the isolator to clean up the usb power leg to your dac?

 

One other tip about battery vs plugged in laptops.  My macbook (when I used it for music) sounded better with the power cord in vs running on battery.  Gordon Rankin also has mentioned this and it may be due to the battery management software that is running when on battery power.  In all cases though, trust your ears.

 

The DM Source also shows up as XMOS when I go to select it. I didn't know that it was anything specific until now. Powerless cables? Like basic USB cables or am I missing something here.

post #2214 of 2583

correct, I just cut the red power leg of a cheap usb cable I had lying around to see if it would work and it did.  That cheap cable became quite good sounding :smile:

 

I am not sure if I tried it with the Dangerous dac when I had it in for review, seem to think I did and it did not work, but I may be wrong.  Not sure about every xmos implementation.

 

Just be sure you know which wire to cut and then insulate it with electrical tape since it is still getting 5 volts from the computer.

post #2215 of 2583

I never knew that. I probably won't be messing around with my USB cables for now. Although am open to the idea and could ask Dangerous if powerless cables are supported. Any idea on where I could buy a powerless USB cable rather than go around messing with one.

post #2216 of 2583
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Originally Posted by bixby View Post
 

not sure since I have never used a usb isolator.  I can hear a noticeable improvement when using a usb dac with the mini and connected with a powerless usb cable.  It's not just perceived background dirt, but space and more natural timbre are more apparent.  Many of my fellow Colorado geeks are running xmos based dacs that do not need usb power from the computer and all have reported nice increases in fidelity with powerless cables.

 

I assume you are using the isolator to clean up the usb power leg to your dac?

 

One other tip about battery vs plugged in laptops.  My macbook (when I used it for music) sounded better with the power cord in vs running on battery.  Gordon Rankin also has mentioned this and it may be due to the battery management software that is running when on battery power.  In all cases though, trust your ears.


Yep, that is its purpose it isolates everything behind it from the DAC output in front..."according to the company".

I would never have guessed that about mains being better than battery power in theory but it sounds interesting.

I had actually been aiming for total mains isolation with my next DAC/AMP before reading this.

 

I do use internal DAC on Air @ 24/44 occasionally with A+,

and while it is OK.....slightly muddy imaging but that is with Fostex T50RP's.

post #2217 of 2583
Is there any word about when Audirvana Plus v2 will be released? Will there be library support for DSD files?
post #2218 of 2583

I too, am waiting. Perhaps, I'll jump to both the site and CA's forum.

post #2219 of 2583

Is there anyone else on this thread updated to Amarra 3.0?

post #2220 of 2583
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Is there any word about when Audirvana Plus v2 will be released? Will there be library support for DSD files?

 

Do you mean in the iTunes Library? I know that Bitperfect can create special files that can reside in iTunes that contain DSD. I haven't tested to see if this works with Audirvana Plus though.

 

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Is there anyone else on this thread updated to Amarra 3.0?

 

Yes, I did, after emailing in a request for a discount code.

 

So far so good, though it refused to work with my Geek Out and the music pauses when you add files to the playlist, which I consider crazy.

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