These are 4TC. The 4TCs also used to be blue and black. I know precisely what speaker cables I purchased (new from the dealer way, way, way back in 1993). 8TC also used to be blue and black. The gauge was different, but they basically looked identical (like they do today - only in a different color scheme altogether - what is it now, white and red??).
I'm so sorry for your loss. I only now visited your "system." Thank you, and please reflect on Roco as often as he brings a smile to your face. I hope time is doing for you what it can in terms of easing your pain/loss.
I have heard the mac mini setup is very good. The Logitech Duet did not impress me. And neither did Sonos or Slim Devices.
However, I am using an iMac G5 with an external SATA hard drive via FireWire 400. Streaming to an Apple Airport Express Base Station. I plan to acquire an iPod Touch & use as remote control as suggested in a recent PS Audio newsletter. My Mac is in an adjacent office with doors to isolate the inherent noises of computer and hdd's. Every so often it gets relocated to the garage / recording studio where my sons drum set is located. And I am still able to stream just fine from there.
The TosLink interface is impressive even as compared to my reference player connected via digital coax. The reference setup is just a bit more refined and dynamic. I have tried from my Mac both Toslink and usb and both are very good. I've stuck with AE / toslink simply for convenience sake it being wireless. I am very pleased with the results
As for USB vss FireWire speed differences, my FireWire 400 is just about the same as the USB. Although, if I am not mistaken, FireWire 800 is faster than USB.
In an experiment, I tried streaming audio to my PreSonus Firepod which optionally controlled the master clock as well instead of the Mac. The results were stunning good.
Ericjcabrera... I am just venturing into the music streaming foray and I would appreciate some advice. I have been looking at the Logitech Duet because I dont want to have to interface with my TV (as, I believe one must do with an Apple TV). However, I dont really like the idea of having to leave my computer on at all times during playback with the Duet (as my PC is in the same room and it is a bit noisy fans, power supply, etc). How does the Mac Mini interface??
Also, my PC utilizes USB 2.0, but not Firewire. Will the USB 2.0 suffice (is it fast enough)? Do you have any recommendation for a decent external hard drive suitable for music streaming? My other concern is about having to utilize a Toslink interface. Because I will leave my PS DAC connected to my disk player via the digital coax, I will be forced to interface the server/receiver and DAC via Toslink. I wonder if that will hinder the audio quality. What say you on these issues???
Roco's the man! He loves all genres of music, doesn't complain about the volume level and he's always happy to see me when I come home...Oh, and he let's me listen when I want to. Anyone who is married with kids can truly appreciate these endearing qualities!
Im sure Roco would dig your system Albert thanks for noticing my diffuser!
Yeah it is a lot of fun. I recommend a Mac with iTunes; so easy and fun while also an inexpensive way to enjoy excellent quality music streaming. My non-modified DLIII really performs well - you will not be disappointed. PS Audio's gain cell sound is quite addicting. I've not heard anything else quite like it that I care for. I think you are correct; it works very well for digital. I hadn't given it much thought going class A for the analog/vinyl side because the GCPH is so good. In fact, it was my first foray into PS Audio after I acquired my TT. From that point on I was hooked on gain cell technology. I haven't turned back.
I just purchased a Cullen Stage IV Digital Link 3 (PS Audio). Rick is a real pleasure to work with. My GCC has been modified, but not by Rick (I would have preferred). I'm like you, at times I consider going class A, A/B again, but I truly do like the GCC. I down-sized from separates to a more efficient method with the integrated GCC. For digital, I think it works well. If I was back into analog, I would go with tubes and/or Class A/B. I'm seriously considering adding a music server and interfacing with my PC, laptop, etc. Sounds like fun!
Have you considered having Rick Cullen modify your GCC? I have 2 GCC's driving a pair of B&W 803D's but sometimes wonder what class A amplification might do for me. GCC's are so detailed, transparent, powerful. How do you rate yours?