I want to set up a music server or streamer in my living room. Upstairs in my home office I use a Macbook Air M1 streaming both Apple Music and Tidal. I use HLConvolver for my EQ to Kali LP-6 v2 monitors. Downstairs I have Adam T5V monitors in my living room connected to a Topping E30ii dac and optical to a Wiim Mini streamer. The problem with the living room setup is the difficulty in providing easy accessibility to EQ. Wiim's EQ is too basic. I've tried using Speed Test
Audirvana and I can set up EQ for the living room monitors. However, doing so interferes with my listening to my home office monitors. Also, if I'm downstairs and want to listen to music, I need to go upstairs to change the Audirvana EQ settings to the downstairs monitors. It's cumbersome. I'm thinking of different options. I don't have downloaded music (ok, I have some). But most of my music is streamed via either Apple Music or Tidal. Possible options:
1) Wiim Pro and Roon - not out yet and expensive subscription.
2) Raspberry Pi - I cannot find one for sale.
3) Mac Mini as server. The M1 Mini is too expensive. I hear the Intel Minis have fans - not sure if this is a problem or not. If I buy a used Intel Mini on eBay, which model - how much ram, what OS is needed, etc? Where can I find setup instructions to use the Mini as a headless streamer? Would I still need the Wiim Mini? The good news is that I'm familiar with the Mac environment.
I have REW calibration and subsequent EQ settings for my living room monitors (Adam T5V) that I'd like to use. I like the streaming capabilities of the Wiim Mini, but I'm lacking the EQ (at least not easily implemented). What is my best solution? I'm open to suggestions.