For the past couple of years I have been playing hi-res and other music files (including loads of Dead/Goldfrapp live stuff) from my ancient MacBook Pro into the asynchronous DAC on an Oppo 205 via an Audioquest USB-USB B cable, and have been enjoying the results.
However, the Mac is dying and needs to be replaced this week. Apple in their infinite wisdom don’t seem to include legacy ports on their new machines, only Thunderbolts (is that what they’re called? I get confused) so I will have to get some sort of hub to connect all my old devices.
Prices for these hubs vary massively. My question is, are all these things the same? And do they make a difference to SQ? Or does someone do a good quality Thunderbolt to USB B cable?
PS - Thanks in advance but I’m not interested in streaming/Roon etc/buying a Windows machine
Thunderbolt and usb-c are almost the same, but there are some differences. If I recall correctly it’s mostly related to what video standards are supported, so if you want to hang anything other than the Oppo off an adapter, double check compatibility.
This enabled the MacBook to be much thinner and probably lighter which is no doubt an attractive proposition to some customers.
Once you have bought the correct socket you should be set up for a while.
Hi, yes its somewhat annoying you don’t get a legacy USB port in the new MacBookPros, along with an SD card reader like they used to, I dont really care how thin they are!
Anyway, I have a similar one to this on Amazon which works well on my MacPro - old type with Pci-e card, hope the link is ok
Thunderbolt controllers multiplex one or more individual data lanes from connected PCIe and display port devices for transmission via two duplex lanes. Thunderbolt 3 is an open standard developed by Intel / Apple and shares Type-C connectors with USB while requiring special active cables for maximum performance 20 Gbit/s or 2.5 Gb/s (USBc 3.2 gen 2.2) which cost a bit more but extremely versatile as most ports are available, video, network etc.
Edit: if you get an NVMe disc in a caddy for CCC backups etc, get one thats solidly made, to provide plenty of heatsink as they can get a tad warm from all those rapid transfers!
Take care with USB C to A adaptors as the 20V will destroy 5V devices! The genuine ones are a bit more but best for peace of mind.
CMP = Classic Mac Pro - the cheese grater one
CinC = Commander in Chief (Nav)Home - Navy, home force. Otherwise known as Mrs NFG who has also been to sea on a submarine twice!
Sorry should have explained my TLAs!
I did a super mod to a '15 MBPro, fitted a 512Gb NVMe drive on an ultra thin adapter to the AHCi bus and wow, did it go! If you look at Macfinder .co .uk you might find a good S/H one?
Your 2008 CMP, if its a 4.1 Im fairly sure you can flash it to a 5.1 then add the 140 boot rom.
You need a PCi-e card for your NVMe drive, I used an Aqua Computer kryoM.2 and a 1 Tb Samsung 970 EVO (NOT 970 Evo Plus - does not boot) and that has made a big improvement. 3 cats good!
The problem with fitting an SSD in a CMP disk tray is the Sata2 interface, whereas exploiting the Pci-e bus gives you max beans!