Originally Posted by thievesarmy
ah the age old argument. I suppose your statement is true if what you value is the highest spec's for the lowest price.
However, IMO the experience of using a personal computer, and the harmony / synergy you get between Apple's integrated hardware & software is far superior to the Windows experience. As hard as it may be for some to comprehend, for a lot of people it's not just about the raw numbers, its about how they enjoy their computing experience. It could even be psychological in that you enjoy using a Mac more because it is prettier, and the materials they use feel better to the touch. I get that may sound stupid to some, but it's completely legitimate to others. Its just about what you need / value in a computer.
So in the end, forget people who say one is better than the other. It's complete nonsense. The best one is the one you enjoy using the most, and if you value the things that Apple offers at a premium price. It's the same as headphones.
That's a load of rubbish, no offense. With a custom built PC you get hundreds if not thousands of choices in hardware. There are countless keyboard/mouses/screens/cases that look and feel better than the Apple stuff, and you're not stuck with them when you feel like trying out a different flavor either. There is no "harmony/synergy" with Apple products, just limited options, which is why computer illiterates feel better because they seem easier to use as you can't do or customize much of anything. The same is readily available with windows, the Apple fanboys are just too easily convinced by hipsterish commercials that make them feel like they're special for owning an overpriced box to bother learning how to use an operating system that's used everywhere by a large margin. So if you want to pay thousands of dollars extra just so you can feel special more power to you, but to the pragmatic people who are hesitating, the PC remains the better choice.
Originally Posted by Tablix
The MAC/PC debate is pointless, the music is digital so the DAC chip and how its used is critical. If you are seriously concerned about the audio chain you buy a USB or optical device or a dedicated soundcard.
This debate is pointless, neither is doing any harm to your music as this is an OPERATING SYSTEM that drives a piece of SOFTWARE that runs data from a STORAGE DEVICE. I know this is a little confrontational, but why are people still debating this.
Actually, most people that can afford and do buy a Mac can also afford and own an external DAC hooked up by USB to bypass the Apple DAC chip entirely, making it obsolete at best. So in the end, for people who want a computer strictly for audio, like you said, the only thing that matters is the price. And so, PCs are the better choice everytime.
Then comes into play the noise that your computer can bring to your digital signal. In that respect, as said above, a PC can be completely customized to be fanless for example, greatly reducing such noise. So once again, the PC is the better choice.
Edited by elmoe - 4/19/14 at 2:29am