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Old 15th February 2008, 09:14 AM   #1
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Default Mac Mini Arrived this afternoon

and here I am on diyaudio 45 minutes after I open the box. the only hangup was 20 minutes of fiddling with the screen refresh rate to make it talk to the tv.
And that was with setting up wireless keyboard, mouse and internet connection.

Incredible.
I'd still be trying to get explorer to see past my router if this was a PC
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Old 15th February 2008, 12:24 PM   #2
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Old 15th February 2008, 10:10 PM   #3
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Old 15th February 2008, 10:30 PM   #4
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Another convert. We don't want this to get out to the public though or everyone will want a mac. When that happens, the evil ones will focus their viral attacks on us.

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Old 15th February 2008, 10:38 PM   #5
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Yes of course, this is only for testing purposes. I still have 4 Microsoft machines in the house. They are pretty much file servers at the moment.


Next is ASIO drivers, then the USB TV tuner.
Once my amp arrives I can tidy things up. Satellite receiver, Mac, DAC, Amp and display. No huge stack of equipment and big black AV receiver for me any more.

My first computer was a C64 - the round grey one. then with PCs I stuck with MS apart from a brief dabble in OS-2 version 2, I still remember loading that massive stack of floppy discs. There is a machine I maintain at work that took me three days to figure out that the dongle driver will only work with NT.
Drivers for my DAC were uncompressed and installed in about 20 seconds.

The mac is quieter than I thought it would be, I need to be about 40cm from it to hear it, and even then only from the back.

What should I use for bit perfect playback on a mac? Is Itunes ok? I can't even find the output options on it.
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Old 15th February 2008, 10:55 PM   #6
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I still have 4 Microsoft machines in the house.
Tsk, tsk

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[i]Is Itunes ok? I can't even find the output options on it. [/B]
I don't know a lot about it but try in the itunes header under preferences. That where I find all the settings I need.
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Old 15th February 2008, 10:58 PM   #7
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and here I am on diyaudio 45 minutes after I open the box. the only hangup was 20 minutes of fiddling with the screen refresh rate to make it talk to the tv.
And that was with setting up wireless keyboard, mouse and internet connection.

Incredible.
I'd still be trying to get explorer to see past my router if this was a PC
My iMac 24" was connected to the net after 5 minutes

(I have also Windows Vista installed on my Mac)
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Old 16th February 2008, 02:33 AM   #8
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Mac vs. Windows setup is a very unfair comparison. Of course everything works out of the box for a mac; the manufacturer makes both the software AND the hardware.

Windows has no idea what kind of hardware it will end up loaded on, so naturally there will be extra steps needed to install the hardware. If you can't get connected to the net in under 5 minutes with a new windows install, then maybe you should ask a local 5th grader for some help.

I don't care for the "THX 1138" style environment Apple tries to force on it's customers. Flexibility is more important to me then being hip and sterile.
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I'm with you

As I see it, the trouble is the fun part

To each his own....
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Old 16th February 2008, 05:02 AM   #10
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Itunes is driving me nuts.
I have a USB hard disk full of my music on WAV.
It appears Itunes wont play it without importing it. so I'm looking for a new player.

I am keeping my PCs for proper computing, the mac is a media centre.
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