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jackfish
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MacBook Air music server

Greetings!

I would like to use a MacBook Air for a music server.  It will also be used for other things, not dedicated to a music server, which if it were would suggest other solutions.

I'm looking at a 1.5TB USB drive and USB DACs.

Western Digital My Book Essential 1.5TB external USB 2.0 drive, but what about a DAC?

Around $300?

$300-$500?

jackfish
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I guess there is the

Seagate - FreeAgent GoFlex 1.5TB External USB 2.0/3.0 drive as well. Little smaller, lighter.

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prelim ideas

Jackfish, you are the one usually answering these questions rather than posing them!

For $299 I have been pleased by the Musical Fidelity V-DAC, which has inputs for USB, coax, and optical.  Avail now for $250.  And the newest version Mk.II is $349 (AudioAdvisor and others).  Good reviews on those by Stereophile.

The other budget champ seems to be Cambridge DAC Magic.

 

 

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Where is the Musical Fidelity V-DAC

available for $250? Thanks!

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I saw it somewhere for $250, maybe on

...maybe on AudioAdvisor but the sites seem to have switched over to the V-DAC "II" model now for $349, sorry.  There's a ebay auction for a V-DAC, right now at $62.

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I'm almost dead set on the $450

Schiit Bifrost DAC with its 24 bit/192 kHz USB 2.0.

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Schiit!

cool

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