Mac Mini as audiophile media server
I'm considering a Mac Mini to replace my aging Lacie Cinema drive as my media center. It will be connected to TV and, ideally, to an analogue hi-fi amp (a Rotel) for sound. Main purpose would be to listen to music files, but also the odd movie.
Here are my particular needs and questions:
- want to browse my media library and control the Mac through my iPad and/or iPhone. Don't want to use keyboard or physical remote. Does something like plex installed on ipad control the files residing on the Mac mini (or external HD connected to Mac Mini)?
- since my amp is analogue (with RCA connections) I presume I would have to convert digital to the RCA plugs in the amp. Does a Mac Mini USB to RCA DAC exist? Or what's the best way to get the sound out from Mac Mini to the analogue amp?
For reference i have a 2015 Macbook Pro retina but don't want it chained by cables or having to plug/unplug stuff everytime I want to use it to work or other things non music listening related.
Is the Mac Mini a good choice for me?
I think that's it! Thanks for any help.