OSX

Years ago OSX audio was an oasis.
You started iTunes and pressed play.

 

Today all kind of alternatives for iTunes are available.
They often claim to sound better than iTunes.
Tweaking the OS by disabling processes, HOG mode, etc.
All the tweaks and accompanying claims so common in the PC world now come to the Apple world.
Goodbye oasis.

MacMini

The MacMini is a very popular platform for a music server.

 

Mach2 Music offers upgrades.

$1495.00 buy you a new MacMini with their software mods.

For $399 only, they run their optimizing scripts.

Looks like they are out of business.

The spikes you have to supply yourself.

Some user experience.

 

Core Audio Technologies offers upgrades like a linear power supply.

Read this first.

References

Beyond bit perfect: The importance of the Player Software And MAC OS X Playback Integer
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- Damien Plisson, Audirvana developer