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In Reply to: RE: Schiit DACs don't do DSD. nt posted by PaulF70 on July 07, 2017 at 17:06:50
I think your take runs contrary to the large body of experience with the mRendu extant now.
For me, yes, the performance leap is of the "huge" variety: This goes primarily for the Rendu itself, and then again with the LPS1 over the switching PS.
Not long ago I again tried removing the Rendu as an experiment - decidedly a no-go. This was with an Auralic Vega. The Mini on its own is cloudy, diffuse, with less separation, and more. *Only* in comparison, mind you.
As for going to an all-in-one'r, well, heck, I guess I could pick up a Bose Wave as well. My goal is to simplify the mess - and eliminate the reboots necessary with the Mac Mini, which is a general-purpose computer and not a music server - with *no* reduction in sound quality. I don't know of any DAC considered SOTA or close with a built-in amplifier - a top-grade amp, that is.
The Melco servers fit my requirements and I now have one of the new ones ordered. And only $2500!
Well, all I can say is that my experience doesn't mirror yours. While the microRendu is excellent it wasn't a huge sonic leap forward for me. However, my Mini is fairly robust and well implemented with 12v outboard LPS, SSDs, 2.6GHz quad-core i7, 16GB RAM, great player software, and some minor tweaks to minimize unneeded OS processes.
"...and eliminate the reboots necessary with the Mac Mini, which is a general-purpose computer and not a music server..."
The only time mine needs a reboot is if I'm doing a major software update, which is rarely. Last I checked my Mini has been powered ON performing music server duty 24/7 for over 6 months now w/o a reboot.
Oh well, I'm not trying to convince you that you don't need a dedicated music server or streamer. Just saying that a well implemented Mac/PC can sound as good as many dedicated commercial music servers or streamers, and they're more flexible in terms of software options.
I think it goes back to the whole DIY vs turnkey solution philosophy.
P.S. If you have plans to sell the Mac Mini, please let me know what year it is, configuration, condition, and price. ;-)
While the microRendu is excellent it wasn't a huge sonic leap forward for me.
really deserves a better power supply than an iFi to explore its capability. I see you've already replaced the Mac's SMPS.
My Mini has no LPS. Might be a big difference there.
It's late 2014, 16 Gb RAM. 2.6 Ghz. 256 Mb SSD. Yes, plan to sell, most likely. I do have to first ensure the Melco sounds at least as good. But it sounds like your Mini is as good and has LPS installed to boot.
I have to reboot because sometimes I experience drop-outs, and rebooting fixes it. "Something" is going on. Like I said, this is a general-purpose computer running a general-purpose OS, not something optimized for music playback only.
Another permutation is using the Melco *with* the Rendu. This is possible, as the Melco can act as a NAS. I will try this to see if it sounds better than the Melco nude.
Of course, that would largely eliminate the simplification goal, so if that happens, damn it.
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