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Ribozyme
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Hard drive GREATLY altering audio quality

 

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? 

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There should not be any change using a USB drive.

There has to be some settings you need to change. Are you using the headphone jack for optical out to the DAC or USB?

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I am using USB for

I am using USB for the musical fidelity and HDMI for the sr7005.  Both show up in the systems menu under sound.  Are there setting for the hard drive? Or is it that USB that you are talking about. It is USB 2.0 should I have gone firewire?  This mini doesn't have thunderbolt. 

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Try to separate the DAC and Harddrive on USB buses.

I believe there are four USB ports on two buses. Make sure the DAC and Harddrive do not share a USB bus.

I don't have much of an answer on the HDMI side.

http://www.co-bw.com/Audio_OSX_Optimal_Audio.htm

Also join and ask over at Computer Audiophile. http://www.computeraudiophile.com/forum/

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Thanks. One of those sites

Thanks. One of those sites suggest that external is better but not on either of the macs that I have. 

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