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Marcos Mazur

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For better sound performance, which is better? mini-pc or notebook?
Factors that I consider important are the grounding (of the notebook) and the low power consumption (of the mini-pc), which of the two is better to reduce interference that can cause pollution (and annoying noise degradation) in the USB and ground loop outputs on the general?
I understand that it depends on the product's brand and quality, but I bring this question in search of a more comprehensive answer.
At first I intend to use a mini-pc (12v) connected to a common line filter (but a real filter), with a Topping E30 DAC and an Allo Volt + D amplifier (both connected to the line filter).
 

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Unless you can hear it, it's not a problem.
 

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If I were a bettering man, I'd be willing to say no matter whether you're running a $500 PC, or a $65,000 MacPro... your audio will sound the same with regards to the computer part of your system.
 

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It's a nonsense question because the answer depends on the specifics of the model in question, not the form factor.
 

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Yeah, can't generalise it like that. Whether laptop/notebook/mini-pc, depends on design/build re PS and isolation.
 

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Raspberry pi 4 if it's just a dedicated music streamer/player.
 

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Raspberry pi 4 if it's just a dedicated music streamer/player.
Wouldn't a Pi NanoW (or similar) with the smaller power draw, be better due to less power consumtion? (I know that pi 4 has a nano version)

Hair splitting but I'm bored waiting on OPs answer. :)

Just needed some interaction with people I like to talk to. Certified Corona Lunatic.
 
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Rappberry Pi won't, I think, run JRiver or Dirac Live 3. Don't know whether it will do the Qobuz or Netflix desktop apps either.

Agreed. I implied from the OPs setup this was a dedicated desktop headphone setup. I'm not sure if the OP needs more functionality.
 
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