Gene F writes:
I’m looking for good external storage for music in an audiophile system. I guess the main requirements are speed and quietness.
MPG: barring the need for fault tolerance (e.g., backups assumed), I’d go straight to connecting an OWC Mercury Elite Pro via USB3 to the MacMini. If needs are 2TB or less, then the OWC Mercury Elite Pro Mini is even smaller and quieter, and is bus powered too (one data cable does data and power).
Speed is a non-issue in terms of the drive itself: audio is a very low bitrate. Even video has low bitrates (BluRay is typically around 15 megabits and generally not more than 30, which is only 2-3 MB/sec, or about 2-3% of the speed of a slow hard drive). Specialty uses with uncompressed stuff might be higher, but then one had better have a gigabit ethernet connection for reliable performance (not WiFi).