I am betwixt and between on servers...and am happily looking for Transport. But as i read more...i am looking for a simple dumb man's version of a server that will provide SOTA digital input into a DAC. What would happen if i bought a Mac Pro (not the notebook...the tower)...and used the 4 swappable drives to have 2 SS drives for active use and 2 regular drivers for back up...and ran it with an ipad?
USB out to a DAC which has a customized USB interface...i am thinking STahl-Tek with its USB to i2s bridge direct into the DAC.
I could play a disc from MAC Pro into the DAC...or i could load it up onto the SS Drive, and back it up on the swappable regular drive.
Yes a bit expensive...but swappable drives, thus automatic backup, MAC interface, ipad, etc...makes life easier for a serious NON-techie...
...does this make any sense at all? If i do SS drive to DAC via i2s...am i likely to rival SOTA transports this way?
I have read Mac Pro is the best for music servers, followed by Mac Mini...in both cases, way cheaper than SOTA transport. Thanks for any advice.