Shopping for a server/source was daunting for this ‘certified’ computer dummy. Tried a Small Green Computer but didn’t sound different than the MacBook Air wife had bought me for a retirement present and that I pressed into service via iTunes with a 10ft long USB cable to connect to my DSJ.
Actually considered a NuPrime CDT-8 Pro transport via I2S to avoid all the computer complications. Note my entire library is based on CDs that I still have. But soul searched if I wanted to get off my old ass to change CDs and limit myself to Redbook. And of course looked into the usual suspects, but wanted to keep the total outlay around/under $2,000 USD.
Thanks to Jeff of Arabica I scored a nicely setup Mac mini system complete with RAID that I plan on using for backup, Audirvana 3.5 (beta version) and USB cable, all under budget. Jeff was super to help with installation. Now no more worries about which server, which software, and which connection. This was the last step in a total replacement/upgrade of my system (new monitors, DSJ, subs, additional treatments, and rack/stands). So now I can sit back and enjoy. Thanks Jeff!!