I’m wondering the general magnitude of gains in SQ there may be from going from a Mac Mini (Audirvana 2 and playing files from SD card in reader) to a dedicated streamer or a server? I see the logic in the Aries and the DX being custom-made for audio, but since they’re quite an investment, I would like to ask others here about the sort of differences I can expect to help me choose whether or not to go in this direction and may be how I should go about doing so.
A lot that I like about the Mac mini is obviously the convenience and flexibility it offers but it’s pretty clear it’s not a device designed for audio playback. I like the concept of on-board storage of the Antipodes DX but a little worried about its storage capacity - a problem the Aries doesn’t have for obvious reasons. The Aries, on the other hand has to rely on contributions of the storage device (IF that has a role in the final SQ). But every time I think about this, the whole “it’s all one’s and zero’s” concept keep rearing its head to haunt me and I start to wonder if I’ll be spending the money for virtually unnoticeable gains…?
As always, your thoughts are much appreciated. Thank you