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Mach2 MusicThere has been a growing movement the last few years towards Digital Audio Servers, and the Mac Mini Computer is one of the best music server platforms. The Mac Mini is small, quiet, has a low power draw, superior EMI rejection, and the Mac OS X core audio functions are superb.While the stock Mac Mini provides the basis for an excellent music server, we developed a series of changes that make it sound much, much better. By upgrading some of the hardware, performing extensive modifications to the operating system setup, and optimizing the music player software, we have drastically improved the soundstage, fine detail, dynamics, and greatly reduced the noise floor.Our modified Mac Mini is a superb front end which can output to a USB DAC, Firewire DAC, or a Coaxial Input (i.e. Preamp or Receiver). While we recommend using a USB or Firewire DAC, we have had terrific results using the coaxial output into a preamp. The modified Mac Mini provides stunning detail without harshness or a digital sound. The bass is full and tight. The soundstage is wide and deep. Most impressive is the textures and realism in the voices and instruments. The overall presentation has a realness to it that approaches vinyl. Of course you get all of the conveniences that Digital Audio provides. It's the ultimate blend of superb sound quality and a great user experience.At Mach2 Music we offer a turnkey music server system that just needs to be plugged in to your favorite DAC, Preamp, or Receiver, and then turned on. We provide the hardware, modified operating system, optimization scripts for the common music players. You simply load your music files onto the hard disk and enjoy.Our Introductory Price is $1495.00 which includes the shipping to your door (Continental US). When paired with a quality DAC, this setup will outperform CD or SACD players at 2-4 times its price. The sound quality is that good.Best Regards,Darrell McCombs & Kevin Burke of Mach2 Musicwww.Mach2Music.com
Chris, It was great working with you and the rest of the guys in the GIK Acoustics/BPT, Empirical Audio/Salk room at RMAF. You guys did a great job at RMAF. Kevin and I were happy to have helped with our Mach2 MacMini. We look forward to working on a PC based server. It will provide some fun challenges.Darrell
LOL, let us get these Mach2 MacMini orders out the door first. Oh and I want to add more things to our website, and I need to...We'll look at the PC side in a couple months...
Silly question...Can you connect multiple hard drives?Are the recommended HD enclosures using firewire or USB connections? I have more than 4TB of music and don't want to shuffle HD's.Thanks,George
We have found that the firewire enclosures sound better than USB, especially the enclosures with the Oxford 934 chipset. At Mach2 Music, that is all we sell with our units right now.
USB enclosures are fine for backup purposes.
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