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    Default 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.
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    This COULD work, but wouldn't an Apple TV be just as good and cheaper and easier?

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