What mac for a music server?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mark88, Jul 11, 2007.

  1. mark88 macrumors 6502a

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    I need to replace my Windows HTPC with a Mac. The problem is I need a PCI slot as I have a rather nice high end audio card I need to use.

    Do I have any options other than a Powermac G4 / G5 / Intel?

    Or are there any mods that can be made to other macs that will get me where I want. My current HTPC is in a nice desktop Silverstone HTPC case and it would be nice if the mac could look as nice.
     
  2. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    powermacs or a mac pro are your only choices if you want PCI slots
     
  3. zioxide macrumors 603

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    Intel mini is a great HTPC and it has built-in digital optical audio outputs so you probably wouldn't even need a fancy sound card.
     
  4. Angrist macrumors 6502

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    PCI slots are probably a moot point unless the sound card works with a Mac, which is unlikely.
     
  5. Gandhi macrumors regular

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    I would recommend buying a refurb Mac mini - and upping the HDD to whatever max you can afford.
     
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  7. leighonigar macrumors 6502a

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    Most high end cards do work on the Mac - they tend to be geared towards audio recording, an area in which the Mac is big. Depending on what you want to use it for - and you haven't said specifically - I'd pick up a cheap used G4 powermac. they're still pretty swift, look quite nice and have those all important PCI slots. Plus they should be able to handle leopard.
     
  8. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    You're better off using an external sound interface.

    Internal interfaces pick up interference off the other computer components (the hard drive being one of the main sources).

    I think your best bet though would simply be to connect a decent DAC to the Mini's digital output, which I believe is optical.
     

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