I'm creating a 6 channel gallery installation which will run for a month. No great processor overhead, but playing back multi channel audio files (up to 20ch). The gallery has a limited budget, but I will have 6 small, powered Genelecs so I need an interface with balanced outputs.
I'm looking at the Presonus Firebox (firewire, 6ch, balanced) which seems to have had support on this list.
Any views on:
Mac mini vs iMac for robustness
and the necessity of external 7200 firewire drive (? suggestions for what might be reliable & inexpensive - only need a few GB)
(I don't get to keep the gear afterwards...)