Best Pc for audio?

Hello, i want to know your thought about the best computers brand for audio purposes. You rather using a laptop, a mac or a desktop?
Once again your mileage may vary. Still using my MacBook Pro manufactured mid 2011 for all needs. Haven’t went to ssd yet. I’d rather buy a respectable PC or upgrade a component.  The original hard drive is still chugging along. Remarkably. 

Only one OS update hindered my laptop. All runs well now. Hey. If your set up works. That’s all that matters. 

Post is old and some things have changed. Mac is more consistent and performs well,  but I have found with a well rounded PC that it still slightly outperforms mac.  
I am currently using a laptop with no extra programming dedicated to music, it has a new gen I5 with 12gb ram and a tb ssd, I use Foobar 2000 (used it for years and know it inside and out).  I've had a few Mac's on my system, but my well spec'd PC machines are where I'll stay unless other things develop. I've not tried roon
Not up too Roon yet. Though the majority approves. Still into purchasing physical format at the present.  

There is no definitive sound, or equipment that conquers all. Whatever draws one too the music is what matters. 


I previously had a fanless Zotac with Windows 7 and JRMC. I still use it for concert videos. Currently use a NUC i3 with Roon OS. Roon is superb.
Hello all. 

I use a MacBook Pro. With a good quality USB cable. Twl discrete audio usb. For half the price audioquest black carbon is pretty close in SQ.

Though, I have one question for all. Isn’t WAV and AIFF the same SQ. Just a different name. Could be wrong here. Though AIFF is Apples own version of WAV. Yes???

I noticed this post is a bit old. Though you can get a refurbished MacBook Pro 2012 era for around 600.00  from Microcenter with a 1 year warranty. Drop another 600.00 on a Samsung SSD - 2 terabyte. All in one package.  No additional equipment is necessary. 
A group of us (over 20 audiophiles) have found that the Mac Mini sonically prevails above other offerings, PC or MAC. Of course, the sonic differences do vary as compared to different PCs (there are so many variations!) and the Mac's overall sonic advantage can be fairly small, but, the Mini has turned out to be the clear cut choice for each and every one of us. BTW: The MAC Mini also works amazing well when put into an audiophile rack along side of other audiophile components - due to it's unique square small shape and size. Based on the footprint, you'd swear Apple designed it for high end audio use (which they didn't). Bottom line, if having the "best sounding computer solution" is your ultimate goal, then it's very hard to go wrong with the MAC Mini solution.
I'm going to toss my vote in for PC. I have used mac and PC both equally and extensively. Going foward you will have more options by sticking with PC as you can use mp3's more trouble free and transfer songs to other devices easier because with Apple, once you start usin their stuff you kind of have to stick with it for life or else you mind find their library system and aac files give you hassles on non Apple stuff.

A PC with a decent soundcard (m-audio) will provide great flexibility.
I agree. Mac Mini with ipod itouch. Can't beat IMO. Rip using AIFF Encoder (error correction on) and be done with it.
I think sound quality is not an issue. Mac or PC can be equal there. IMMHO i thinks it's all about skills with a PC. If you want to take the time to learn whats required you can save your self a boat load of money. Mac's are "Plug & Play" and you will pay for it too.

I went with a Mac Mini, the cheapest model and used an old monitor and keyboard. Plugged in my old windows formatted my Seagate external drive and it was up and running in 10 minutes.
We have tried both PCs and Macs, during the development of our latest product. All the Macs were spot on. The PCs went all over the map. Everything from "This sounds great" to "Are you sure that this thing isn't broken?" Same unit, same sound system, highly variable results when using a PC.

Wish I could afford a Mac.
I think it depends on the type of music you enjoy most. I actully prefer to listen to music on my desktop.
I'm not familiar with Mac, but how do you use iTouch? Ipod Touch? as a remote to Mac Mini?

Is Mac Mini quiet?
I choose a PC.

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MacMinis rip quickly into AIFF. Small footprint. I agree with all the Mac guys above despite my wireless integration issues you can find in an earlier thread.

:) listening,

I am using a MAC Book Pro computer with iTunes. The MAC has 4 GB RAM and the 120GB solid state drive. I have the Seaport Free Agent Go Pro 500GB external hard drive to store my music files (a 2nd one for backup). The MAC is connected to the Furman AC-215 power conditioner. The Furman is required so the MAC does not interfere with the audio components. See I have about 75 CD's loaded into my MAC Book Pro computer and many more to go. It takes between 3 to 5+ minutes per CD using the AIFF format. This is a very boring time consuming process.
I'm with Buff! I use an iTouch as a remote for iTunes and love it. Solid hardware with solid support. The jury is out on sonics, but in the meantime their seamless hardware is hard to beat.
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