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Killer MacBook Pro misses top billing in monstrous AV rig [Setups]


That's pretty pricey for 'cozy,' but we'll take it.
That's pretty pricey for 'cozy,' but we'll take it.

If you use an M1 Max MacBook Pro bristling with 64GB of unified memory to drive two of Apple’s top Pro Displays XDR as well as off-the-charts audio gear in a Mission Control-looking workstation, can your computer setup accurately be described as “cozy?” That’s what today’s featured setup user said, improbably.

And while the user’s MacBook is still formidable despite Apple moving on to M3 chips, it’s not necessarily the workstation’s star. It almost pales in comparison to the AV components, including two of Apple’s $5,000-plus displays, incredible headphones and mounted KEF speakers that bring massive audio.

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‘Cozy’ computer setup rocks dual Pro XDR displays and huge audio

Work-from-home developer and Redditor AtroxGraphix (“AG”) showcased the swanky outfit in a post entitled, “My Cozy Mac setup.” Yeah, so cozy. It actually looks like they could run NORAD from there while gaming on a semi-pro basis.

Or they could manage a music studio, at least.

AG drives two Pro Display XDRs with a 14-inch M1 Max MacBook Pro boasting 64GB of unified memory. That machine still rips, even as Apple ships faster M3 machines far and wide. And the audio gear is off the charts, too.

“The Rolls-Royce of desk setups,” noted one commenter.

AG specified he’s a work-from-home software developer and his top-notch, 6K displays are glossy, not Nano Glass. “I find that Nano looks less sharp,” he said in response to a comment.

“I’m a work from home developer too and I cannot afford 2 XDRs lol,” came the response. “Time to ask for a 100% raise!”

“You can probably afford it, it’s just not smart to do so,” AG replied. “I spent more than a whole full monthly paycheck on them. Probably one and a half!”

Yeah, we hear it all the time. Apple gear is expensive — none more-so than its best display.

Killer audio

But if you think AG’s display is all about the pair of ridiculously gorgeous Apple displays or their still-awesome M1 Max MacBook Pro, guess again.

“What is in your audio setup?” a commenter asked.

AG noted he runs an iFi Pro stack of audio components (that would be a top-shelf headphone amplifier and digital-to-analog converter, or DAC, plus Focal Utopia over-ear open-back audiophile-grade headphones (about $4,000), HiFiman headphones (a couple hundred up to a few thousand bucks, depending on the model) and KEF LS50 wireless speakers with a subwoofer (about $2,180 for speakers/adapter plus $1,500 for the subwoofer).

Now that’s audio to blow your head off, and all of it pointed right at your head from the desktop.

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2021 14-inch M1 Max MacBook Pro

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