The gear

After more than 2 years using a Bluesound Node 2 I decided it was time to revisit my favorite macOS music players. So, I brought my old Mac mini out of storage, did a bit of housekeeping, and downloaded the latest offerings from Sonic Studio, Damien Plisson, and Jussi Laako. I’m glad I did. Amarra, Audirvana Plus, and HQPlayer have all seen quite a bit of development since I last used them. I’ve also acquired a new DAC and USB/SPDIF converter. So much for being off the merry-go-round.

The basics

  • Mac mini
  • Schiit Audio Eitr
  • MHDT Lab Pagoda
  • Decware SE84UFO
  • Omega Super 3i

Software

  • macOS High Sierra
  • Amarra Luxe and sQ+
  • Audirvana Plus
  • HQPlayer

Cables

  • AudioQuest Carbon USB
  • Black Cat Cable SilverStar! 75
  • Better Cables Silver Serpent RCA
  • DIY solid silver loudspeaker cables

Miscellaneous

  • Bluesound Node 2
  • Chromecast Audio
  • Brick Wall PW8R15AUD
  • Salamander Synergy
  • IsoAcoustics Aperta
  • Sanus Steel Series

Music library and services

  • flac on an Oyen Digital MiniPro via FireWire
  • Tidal
  • Pandora

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