My music library is over taking the hard drive space on my mac mini. I thought I could solve this by simply moving some of my audio files to an external hard drive. I decided that itunes library would be the best option because it was the lowest quality format. I got a WD external attached by a USB cable to my mini and changed the file location in itunes. The audio played from the hard drive sounded terrible; dynamic range sounds greatly compressed. This difference is huge! Like moving from a stereo to a boom box.
I haven’t tried changing to high-end audio cable yet but that is on the list. But I am not sure this will help. I did try this on my macbook pro as well and from two different dacs. Both the musical fidelity in my stereo and the Marantz sr7005 attached to the tv sound terrible.
Is it the hard drive? Or the cable? Can music sound the same from an external drive?? What should I do about my growing library?