Oh ok thanks. Didn’t know that HQ player can’t be integrated.
Why would it be a waste ? I’m currently running the Roon on a M1 Mac Mini and upsampling to DSD512 and pcm 768khz. Works fine for only one zone. But I imagine for 2 zones it might be already a bit much.
Just assume for the money better to get an intel nuc that just runs roon rock. If you do setup roon rock you can still use HQPlayer, but it needs to be installed on a separate machine. That’s the one you’d want with all the power to run the power hungry filters. And to complete the picture, a separate endpoint running NAA.
I had that setup at one point and found it a pain if something went wrong since too many parts in the chain to figure out the issue. Was nice when it worked and sound quality amazing.
Is this topic for real? Lol. Why would you waste money on an m1 Mac for ROCK when you can just buy an off the shelf proper official rock device for basically the same price directly from the roon store.
Why not ger an intel nuc for roon rock and Mac mini for HQPlayer. The intel nuc doesn’t even need that much power since you’re be sending original signal over to the Mac mini for HQPlayer processing. You’d also be able to use Mac mini for other things when not listening to music.
I’m not that technical but I was able to follow the step by step instructions to setup roon rock within 30 min. Once setup it runs headless. You never have to hook a monitor back up to it after initial setup. Think whole kit cost me around $400. And I have it directly connected to the router in a closet so don’t hear it either even though quiet most of the time.
For your needs you can pick up an old one for cheap price. I’d don’t think roon is going to integrate HQPlayer filters into their own program, so doesn’t need to be that powerful. Just get some extra ram.
Mac Mini M1 has a lot more compute (for upsampling, for instance) than a supported NUC, and its fan is barely audible, as opposed to the NUC. IMO, it’s the best bang-for-buck audio server available, with a couple of caveats: 1) you need to manage macOS updates; 2) setting up headless operation is tricky but possible.