Audiophile Music Servers - Fact or Foo?
Over the last few weeks I've been reading up (beats working) on so called audiophile music servers. These are typically, but not always, stripped down Linux-based PC's which have nothing but the essential parts required to feed a DAC. They are made by a growing number of manufacturers and range in price from around £400 to upwards of £3,000.
Here is a link to Auraliti who make a couple of different servers:
These seem sensibly priced when compared against some of the prices of seen quoted for a pimped Mac Mini.
At the higher end there's devices like this:
Bryston have had their own take on the music server available for at least a year now:
So what do the 'chews massive think about these sort of devices? Has anyone tried one?
I'm really interested to hear one of the Auraliti units. I personally don't buy the whole incremental improvements argument that is often cited about maximising Mac performance, by doing things like switching off spotlight, or running only on battery power - I've tried all these things in my system and they made no difference whatsoever. In the near future, I can see myself buying a dedicated music server though. Potential performance improvements aside, it will free up my MBP from transport duties.