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In Reply to: RE: Playing files from a hard drive posted by Old SteveA on May 14, 2017 at 11:45:02
Just like many DIY PC/Mac setups, your Auraliti PK100 is a small PC dedicated to just playing music files. In fact, the PK100 uses a common off-the-shelf Intel Atom mini-ITX motherboard available to any hobbyist.
That's pretty interesting Abe, but many of us aren't actually "PC Hobbyists"!
Audio Hobbyist?? Sure.. but for those of us that look at PCs as great tool we use with our Audio systems,selecting an available motherboard & putting it together with the other necessary components needed for a "workable" file player "Ain't so easy" !
He,he,he... More power to those who can put something together! I really hadn't come across too much DIY PC information when I decided to go with the Auraliti several years ago. The one thing that I'd probably try to do differently would have been to place a "real" onboard power supply on the unit.(Though the 12V switching PS works just fine plugged into my Equitech 1.5Q balanced transformer conditioner)
I'm sure the Auraliti does a great job for what it was designed to do. My only point is that since the Auraliti is based on a PC motherboard, a capable DIYer can produce comparable results from his PC.
Auraliti back panel with side-mounted sound card on a PCI riser
Which is exactly what I believe I had said in my response to your posting !
The Auraliti pictured in your posting is actually the PK90,whereas I'm using the PK100. I'm not a fan of outputting my digital output via a USB connection. The PK100 allows me to use it's BNC output (which I prefer to use on my Metrum Hex DAC)
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