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at the moment i'm using small netbook as my music source who goes into cambridge dac100, all my music is on the nas...my main audio player is foobar + asio...and all is well until some friend of mine started to doing my head in...he said, based on his experience, how netbook is poor music source compared to his mac mini...after he switch to mac mini + audirvana plus he suddenly discovered some new colors in music, it's a night and day, it is transcendental experience, he cant beleive his ears, it is almost as good as vinyl and sex combined puzzled  

i think it's a little bit of exaggeration but you never know...is there any truth in such claims? i dont care about mac in  general, and i think it's a step down in terms of convenience and openess compared to windows, but i would like to get as much of a good sound quality since i'm all into computer based audio system...what's the verdict?

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RE: Is Mac really better for music?

Your friend doesnt know his ar*e from his elbow by the sounds of it.

If you are using a digital out from your netbook - ie optical out, hdmi or usb then thats as good as it gets. Anyhting else is down to what you have it connected to and what format your music is in (obviously a lossless format like FLAC/ALAC is better).

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RE: Is Mac really better for music?

Tacty wrote:

... i think it's a step down in terms of convenience and openess compared to windows...

... and I think mac is a MASSIVE step up in reliability. everything just works.

sound quality wise? I don't care.. I forgot windows for good and poor people spending nights and days on their junk pc's trying hard to get it work. 

fidelia's good too:-)

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lpv wrote:

Tacty wrote:

... i think it's a step down in terms of convenience and openess compared to windows...

... and I think mac is a MASSIVE step up in reliability. everything just works.

A complete fallacy.

On comparable h/w Win 7/8  is every bit as reliable as any Mac.

The trouble is people rarely compare like for like.

As for better sq...

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vinyl and sex combined eh? must be good..........I agree he is talking out of his EDITED. A windows netbook (as long as the RAM is good) will sound just fine and, just like a Mac, as long as it's fed into a decent DAC you will be hard pushed to tell the difference...........IMO of course Wink

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I've always been a Windows fan but I absolutely hate Windows 8 so might be moving to Mac next time.  I've used both in the past and I reckon performance and capability is pretty equal.  Make you decision based on which you prefer using!

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is it possible that audirvana+ is some thing out of this world capable to improve things dramatically? if it's not about hardware is it possible to be about software side?

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Tacty wrote:

is it possible that audirvana+ is some thing out of this world capable to improve things dramatically? if it's not about hardware is it possible to be about software side?

I think that view may have more legs than the windows vs. mac debate as Audirvana is a 'mac only' product, can't really comment as I use Media Monkey mainly because I'm used to it and for no other reason.

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Yes it is. In fact it is better for everything except your wallet. And after five years of never having to PAY for software upgrades, never having to defrag a disc, never getting a virus or having to pay for anti-virus software you will find it costs less in the long run. Contrary to popular rumour, you do not have to buy everything from Cupertino either. I use an Airport Express (6 years old) to connect to my hi-fi because I had bought it earlier to have a wireless connection to the net when such a thing was less common than now. Audirvana does sound better than most playback software and that, rather than the fact it is running on a Mac is what makes your friends music sound better, but for now if you want Audirvana you will have to have a Mac.

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Of course the Mac is better for music........!

it is particularly fine when used in conjunction with a good pair of active lodspeakers, such as............. silenced

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People's lack of technical knowledge in these forums is frightening. help, I`m sinking

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RE: Is Mac really better for music?

daveh75 wrote:

lpv wrote:

Tacty wrote:

... i think it's a step down in terms of convenience and openess compared to windows...

... and I think mac is a MASSIVE step up in reliability. everything just works.

A complete fallacy.

On comparable h/w Win 7/8  is every bit as reliable as any Mac.

The trouble is people rarely compare like for like.

As for better sq...

really? so why my HP laptop died after 3 years ( tears I should say) the other dell wasnt usable after 2, Asus after 2 and my sister's Acer after 4? but my 7 years old basic MacBook works like new and even battery holds better than any of the above? maybe it's just me, I wasn't lucky.. no one else having hard times with windows... and it isn't true that every time I'm visting my next door neighbour he's trying to fix again defective operating system. 

HP laptop £850

Dell £700

Asus £1000

windows junk together £2550 + £160 on anti viruses + 6 dvd's to make a copies of operating system + countless priceless hours of fixing + money spend on extra batteries... however on a positive side you could use windows based laptops as a radiator. they are that good, winter time's coming..

7 years old MacBook £800

2 years old MacBook £1000

 

 

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lpv wrote:

daveh75 wrote:

lpv wrote:

Tacty wrote:

... i think it's a step down in terms of convenience and openess compared to windows...

... and I think mac is a MASSIVE step up in reliability. everything just works.

A complete fallacy.

On comparable h/w Win 7/8  is every bit as reliable as any Mac.

The trouble is people rarely compare like for like.

As for better sq...

really? so why my HP laptop died after 3 years ( tears I should say) the other dell wasnt usable after 2, Asus after 2 and my sister's Acer after 4? but my 7 years old basic MacBook works like new and even battery holds better than any of the above? maybe it's just me, I wasn't lucky.. no one else having hard times with windows... and it isn't true that every time I'm visting my next door neighbour he's trying to fix again defective operating system. 

HP laptop £850

Dell £700

Asus £1000

windows junk together £2550 + £160 on anti viruses + 6 dvd's to make a copies of operating system + countless priceless hours of fixing + money spend on extra batteries... however on a positive side you could use windows based laptops as a radiator. they are that good, winter time's coming..

7 years old MacBook £800

2 years old MacBook £1000

 

 

Cripes! I must be lucky, my 'el crappo' Sony laptap must be due a meltdown anytime soon Shock

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Vinyl and sex combined? Sounds.....rubbery.....

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RE: Is Mac really better for music?

I would never use a PC for music play back.

I convert all my CDs to FLAC on PC but but then copy it all to a NAS and stream to a Cyrus Stream X in one system.

But I also have a Mac Mini with Audirvana Plus I-Tunes plug in, with a USB out to an ESS Sabre DAC (Audiolab).

I can use the Remote App to control I-Tunes, the sound is great. My CDs are ripped in ALAC.

Even 320 kps Podcast sound great.

I say yes, Mac ... plus some decent audio software ... is the best way to playback music via USB.

But I don't think a MAC + USB is as good as a NAS + quality streamer.

Also Macs are not Plug and Play. And my FLAC ripping software only works on a PC.

I should point out that my Stream X can play the FLAC files from my PC via my home network. To me it sounds a bit better than my Mac set up.

Finally, any USB connection into the QX DAC on my Cyrus system sounds awful ... even from a Mac.

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davedotco wrote:

Of course the Mac is better for music........!

it is particularly fine when used in conjunction with a good pair of active lodspeakers, such as............. silenced

You beat me to it!  It's weird how some brands attract an almost religious following.

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