Okay, so here is the deal. I have the latest Macbook Air with 128GB and it's almost full. Right now my music library is 70GB and it's expanding almost every day. Which is why I would like a external hard drive to put my music on and then play it with iTunes and Audirvana Plus. My rig is a Hifiman HE-500 with Schiit Lyr and Schiit Bifrost (USB!)
Which hard drive would give me the best sound quality? I'm thinking about these four:
http://store.apple.com/us/product/H9374ZM/A/lacie-1tb-porsche-design-p9223-usb-30-mobile-hard-drive?fnode=5f This one is a true portable which takes the power from USB (just like my Bifrost). Would that affect the sound quality or not?
http://store.apple.com/us/product/H9378ZM/A/lacie-2tb-usb-30-porsche-design-p9233-desktop-hard-drive?fnode=5f This one is the desktop version. I don't care about the more added space. It also has USB 3.0 but will be powered from AC adapter so it doesn't take it's power from the USB.
http://store.apple.com/us/product/HB136VC/A/g-technology-1tb-g-drive-mini-high-speed-portable-hard-drive?fnode=5f This one has Firewire but no AC adapter.
http://store.apple.com/us/product/HA642VC/A/g-technology-2tb-g-drive-professional-strength-external-hard-drive?fnode=5f This one has Firewire and AC adapter.
I'm leaning towards one of the Lacie because of aesthetics and because of the lower price. Which would give me the best sound quality or doesn't it matter? And what about a SSD external hard drive? Would those give me the best SQ?
And as a bonus question. Would this Belkin USB Hub make the sound worse/better/or doesn't it matter (I have a pretty expensive Forza USB cable hooked up to my Macbook Air now from the Bifrost): http://store.apple.com/us/product/HD988ZM/A/belkin-4-port-usb-30-powered-hub?fnode=51
Alright I'm a noob in this regard so any help is welcome!!
Edited by Textfeud - 12/27/13 at 8:41am