SSD for playing audio - good idea or bad?

Chupa Chupa

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I have a hard-wired whole home A/V system and use a 2009 Mac Mini to stream my music (mostly ALAC) through it via a regular A/V receiver. Currently my music is on an external FW400 drive but the hard drive is getting up in age so I want to clone it to fresh media before something bad happens.

Since SSDs have come down in price I was thinking of using one of those instead of a hard drive. My thought - less heat production in a somewhat confined space. My current ext drive can get piping hot.

So is this a decent idea or is there something about SSDs that would make this a potential disaster?
 

maturola

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Oct 29, 2007
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No a bad idea, nothing that would make it a disaster, but IMO completely unnecessary, using an SSD for audio playback is like using a Xenon Quad core processor for playing minesweeper.
 

EvilC5

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Sep 22, 2010
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No a bad idea, nothing that would make it a disaster, but IMO completely unnecessary, using an SSD for audio playback is like using a Xenon Quad core processor for playing minesweeper.
I like that analogy, very true. I would say overkill.

add a 1TB internal to the mini probably for much less. my mini sits in my stereo rack, and its pretty warm in there and have never had any issues.
 
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