As it may not already be apparent, I’m very leery whenever I see a critical mass moving in one direction, especially when there’s no scientific evidence to back up the belief. Not just measurements, but no listening tests done to a scientific standard.
I have a friend who has been insisting that I’m really losing out by using a Mac Mini with the Matrix and DSJ. That every audiophile, who knows anything about anything, knows that all computers are noisy monsters and that only a purpose built audio device can cure. That my system is total crap unless I get a Sonore or SOTM type streamer, or better yet, an Aurender, Auralic or Innous type device. He insist that my using the Mac Mini, I’m basically throwing away the $12K I have invested in my system. And that the only way to have a decent Mini is to spend thousands of dollars on upgrades that will end up costing more than an Aurender.
And reading audiophile forums, and watching Darko videos, if I choose to just “believe”, I’d say he is correct.
My response to this good friend remains costant, “Paul McGowan compared his long beloved streamer free basic Mac Mini to an Aurender and said the difference was not worth the upgrade. And that Ted Smith, a global digital expert, doesn’t bother with streamers either, so why should I believe all the hype about streamers!?”
Especially given, best I can tell, no one has a test that proves these purpose built audiophile streaming devices are necessarily lower in noise.
And hence my search for your quote to prove to my friend that you aren’t talking about a mega buck Mac Mini. Maxing memory on our own only costs about $300.