In terms of sound quality or ease-of-use, I don’t seem to be experiencing significant problems with my current set-up: Roon Core on Mac Mini, connected directly to Peachtree Nova 150 by USB and to router by ethernet jumper cable (or by WiFi), all about 8 feet from my listening position. Let’s say I move the Mini to another room, then attach a device (such as the MicroRendu) to my Peachtree amp, making it a separate endpoint (no longer directly connected to the Core). The jury seems to be out on whether I can expect a difference in sound quality (or overall user experience) from this change.
Currently, I don’t hear any fan noise from the computer (certainly not while listening to music). If there is electrical “noise” from the Mini (from its switching power supply, or whatever), I don’t seem to hear it. No static, no drop-outs. Nothing (as far as I can tell) analogous to the effects of a loose turntable belt. I’ve experienced what I think others have called “treble glare”, but I don’t know that it’s due to the Mini (vice room reflections) or that it can’t be managed through the Roon equalizer. The Mini isn’t doing much other than serving up music, so it’s not as though Roon is competing hard for system resources.
One option would be to leave my music set-up alone and just buy another Mini (or something) to use in the 2nd room. Cost would be comparable to buying the MicroRendu and moving the existing Mini. So the question remains, am I likely to experience any improvement (or degradation) in the listening experience from the MicroRendu (or something else like it)? From what I’m reading, I’d just have to try it and trust my own ears.