Mojo Audio Deja Vu Music Server with Linux, Roon, Tidal, and HQPlayer Software

Mojo Audio Deja Vu Music Server with Linux, Roon, Tidal, and HQPlayer Software

Five years ago I began using a music server and DAC in lieu of a compact disc player, thus starting my journey into digital audio streaming. Keeping in mind that music servers are in fact computers, my main motivation came from discovering Mojo Audio, a company which at the time modified Mac mini computers to be serious music servers by (among other changes) replacing their internal power supplies with Mojo's own high-end external linear power supplies. Over the last 5 years I have kept the Mac mini as my reference, only upgrading it by changing player software from JRiver to the revolutionary Roon Labs, subscribing to Tidal, and swapping out its power supply by a series of better ones—all made by Mojo Audio, too; currently I use their Illuminati V2—it is a ‘choke input’ power supply and is my favorite [my review of the V1 may be found here].

But five years is a long time in the digital world. Much has happened. I did see and listen to various new alternatives including NUCs (‘Next Unit of Computing’ mini-computers) which were smaller, lighter, typically less expensive, and more energy efficient than a Mac mini. Like a Mac mini, a NUC is ‘headless’, e.g., you do not need to connect a monitor or keyboard to it except for setting it up with software and such. Once set up, controlling music play is accomplished by using a wirelessly connected app on a mobile device or tablet. I also checked out serious commercial high-end music servers, and I have been impressed at times. Suffice to say it has become clear that the Mac mini is on the way out; there are quite a number of alternatives.

Denver in Autumn (visiting Rocky Mountain Audio Fest)

Denver in Autumn (visiting Rocky Mountain Audio Fest)

Unless knee deep in a surprise Rocky Mountain snowstorm, Fall is a beautiful time of year to visit Denver, CO, one of the coolest, most progressive cities in the USA. It's a place that reveres craft beer (there's even a museum in the airport about it), has many fine restaurants, and where you can get high. Legally. 

In addition, the local audiophiles run what has become one of the finest high end audio shows in the nation. And my favourite. Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF). Please don't misunderstand, this is not an electronics show. Samsung and LG won't have the latest TVs on hand. This is two channel, high end audio. Pure. Unadulterated. If you wanted, you could bring your Cc and purchase a whole system at the show—it's chock-a-block with deals and sympathetic ears. You'll get passionate, honest advice and you'll be able to hear hundreds of systems boasting all the latest gear. Inexpensive systems are on show, too. So, no excuses.