old MacBook works fine for me.
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I have used a Mac Mini for about a year now. I have in on my AV rack with everything else (amp, DAC etc). I the HDMI connected to my HDTV to use as a monitor as needed. I have the Apple wireless keyboard and trackpad on a small table next to my chair. For most playback I use my iPad wit the Apple Remote app to control things.
Buy a used 2010 Mini. Run Snow Leopard. Tweak according to this website:
[click on "Free: Optimization Guide for Apple OS X"]
Use Pure Music software. Upgrade to 8 MB RAM and replace the internal hard drive with an SSD to run the operating system. You can do each of these upgrades incrementally. You won't be sorry.