"I have a very high end rig which I use for CDs and vinyl (Burmenster, Metronome, Zellaton etc). I would like to use my Mac as well to stream MOG via Pure Music. I am currently using an Audioquest Diamond USB cable which is decent. In your view, would an isolation device under the Mac improve matters? How you compare three Stein Naturals to the Synergistic research Basik platform, both of which I note you carry. Any other suggestions?"
The Synergistic Research Tranquility Basik ($995) and The Stein Naturals ($289) are two completely different products. But If you are comparing bottom line sonic improvements, then the Tranquility Basik is the hands down winner for your Mac. Currently Synergistic Research has a promotion with the purchase of the Tranquility Base ($1995), which is a step up from the Tranquility Basik. They are giving away a one meter USB Active cable valued at $595.
The differences between the Tranquility Basik and the Tranquility Base are:
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