Author Topic: Todays the DAY!!!  (Read 364 times)

Offline XL1000

Todays the DAY!!!
« on: January 14, 2022, 09:22:16 AM »
Today I will receive my new Mac Mini, 10 years from when I purchased my 1st Mac Mini Late 2012 Server Edition with Hybrid SSD/HDD and an additional 1TB HDD.
The old one was an i7 with 16GB of RAM and an upgraded OS to a 512 SSD.


The new M1 Mac Mini is said to be WAY BETTER than the outgoing 2018 model that sports Intel CPU. (Intel still trumps the M1 for Graphics Editing as you can expand to 64GB RAM and run external GPU and the new M1 has only factory secured Unified Memory and Fixed SSD. (There are good expansion options for the M1 Mac Mini via the use of USB Docks that one can add M.2 SSD to and others for SATA/SSD)


It will be interesting in the audio sense to see how this compares to my 10th Gen i5 / 16GB RAM / NVME M.2 256GB SSD with a second 1TB SATA SSD when running Roon Server.
This weekend I'll do back to back - Ok, will need to recreate the Database each time because one can only run Roon as a server on one device at a time.
Having moved Roon from my 2012 Mac Mini to a dedicated NUC running ROCK in Linux was a massive improvement in functionality and audio quality.

If there is anyone else running Mac Mini's for Music Server, be it J River or other, please give your experience with these SFF PC's.
Also, I'd love to hear from anyone that has the M1 Mac Mini and has possibly purchased a Dock for expansion.
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Offline Nidri

Re: Todays the DAY!!!
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2022, 11:16:58 AM »
Curious the hear how much the performance has improved. Still running my Late 2012 quad-core Mac Mini with 16 gigs memory. Starting to show its age a little now.
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Offline XL1000

Re: Todays the DAY!!!
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2022, 12:01:03 PM »
Curious the hear how much the performance has improved. Still running my Late 2012 quad-core Mac Mini with 16 gigs of memory. Starting to show its age a little now.

Mine was too, sad to say. In the past 10 years, my Mac Mini has worked without issue (The older 2011 had a hiccup with OS reinstallation.)
During this time I have attended to 10 or more windows PCs that have failed in one way or another. Mac Mini was on permanently for months, sometimes years on end.
Not an Apple fan but can't argue with facts.
Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. Plato

Online Yossarian

Re: Todays the DAY!!!
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2022, 11:30:40 AM »
You can always run the Mac mini as and end point to compare.

That said i have tried on my Mac book pro and found the humble raspberry pi sounded better with ropieeXL installed

Online Yossarian

Re: Todays the DAY!!!
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2022, 11:31:30 AM »
Also congrats on new pc - there is no better unboxing than an apple unboxing for sheer experience

Offline seanjammy

Re: Todays the DAY!!!
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2022, 08:41:54 PM »
Curious the hear how much the performance has improved. Still running my Late 2012 quad-core Mac Mini with 16 gigs memory. Starting to show its age a little now.
The M1 architecture is almost comically powerful, light years ahead of anything Intel in terms of price/power/performance/efficiency. Not small difference.


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Offline DeonC

Re: Todays the DAY!!!
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2022, 12:04:25 AM »
Just out of curiosity, will Roon run on a Linux install? Linux is known to be very reliable.
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Offline XL1000

Re: Todays the DAY!!!
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2022, 09:57:53 AM »
Just out of curiosity, will Roon run on a Linux install? Linux is known to be very reliable.

Roon ROCK is a Linux based install. It ignores all unnecessary hardware like WiFi and if purpose built to act as Roon Core.
Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. Plato