Before forking out for a Mac mini, what do you want to get out of it? I'm only asking, as to buy a Mac is a bit overkill for music playback only.
Whilst it will be my main music source, music playback won't be its main use. I have ATV at the mo, and would like a bit more functionality.
Ah ok. In that case look no further.
Mac mini > AVI ADM9Ts
If you really want relable & qiuet PC, I say go for scan computers. Quality & very silent.
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If you want a silent PC, go fanless with ssd's. There are a number of cases available with integral heat sinks for the cpu - have a look on Kustom PC's website - and a lot of them look like hifi components. Build your own, it's easy enough.
Main system: Mac Mini 2011 > HRT II+ DAC • Cyrus 2 & PSX • Cyrus tuner • MS 10i speakers [on loan]
Also cluttering-up the place: Thorens TD160 (no cart) • Marantz CD 63 mkII KI & PM66 KI • Technics SL-P777 • Nakamichi DR-1
I've been using Scan for years for both PC components and fully built computers and they've always seemed good.
PC > AVI Neutron Five 2.1
Sony NWZ-A847 64GB Walkman > Westone UM3x
It's easier than you'd imagine. I built and overclocked my first PC with no previous knowledge or experience just by following the steps in a computer magazine.
But having said that my current PC was custom built by Scan to my own specification because I couldn't be bothered to do it myself. They did a good job and it didn't cost much extra.
Yes I have Scan also, very quiet. You can build your own and get built by Scan, much better value than some of the big names.
It's easier than you'd imagine. I built my first PC with no previous knowledge or experience just by following the steps in a computer magazine.
Exactly what I did the first time. I set out to build a near silent PC using recommended components on SPCR website. This was before the current low thermal power cpus that make fanless builds feasible were around
I do fancy building a completely silent, no moving parts, SSD music player. It would of course also do everything else a computer can do except for gaming. Probably cost around £600 with good quality components. Load it up with Exact Audio Copy and Foobar 2000 (both open source and free) and off you go.
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