Basic Nas core server specification to get started

Core Machine (Operating system/System info/Roon build number)

See below for proposed specification

Audio Devices (Specify what device you’re using and its connection type - USB/HDMI/etc.)

Bluesound node 2i, chromecast plus various other network audio devices

Description Of Issue

I am considering purchasing a nas device to install roon core and for my audio library storage. I can’t afford to buy multiple hard discs at the moment so please could you verify if the following nas core specification is sufficient to run roon core without issues. I will install a back up drive in a few months.

QNAP TS-473-4G 4 bay desktop NAS with 4TB (1 x 4TB Seagate IronWolf SATA NAS HDD 5900RPM) and 500GB m.2 (2 x 250GB Samsung 860 EVO m.2 SSD)

With a small library you might be ok but what formats do you play and will you streaming to multiple devices concurrently or doing DSP upsampling for example?

I only have an iTunes library of CD rips. I am not too sure what DSP upsampling is as I am new to this. This nas drive is recommended as a core server. I know that this drive is not as powerful as i3 nuc PC alternative. I would prefer a all in one solution rather than having a nuc PC connected a nas drive. I need a new nas drive as my current one is too old and not compatible with Roon

I currently have Qobuz and will start purchasing hi resolution flac albums and ripping my CDs in lossless flac.

You can just give it try to see if it suits your needs. If you already have the diskstation, just test it out. You can always move the core to a different device (as often as you want).

Chris I am glad you replied. I asked ebuyer UK to put together a quote for pre assembled Nas drive. So before I purchase this I wanted to know if these specifications were adequate. The alternative option would be a i7nuc PC and a cheaper nas drive QNAP TS-251.
Please let me know what you think.

The better core of these options will be the NUC.
Sorry, I think I was mixing up the facts with a different thread and assumed in my previous reply that you already had the NAS.
If the core is running on a different machine, the NAS does not need to be very powerful.

Hi @Tariq_Aziz,

As Chris mentioned, I would also agree that the NUC with an i7 would be better equipped to run Roon.

If you wish for the NUC to only run Roon and have the NAS act as the storage for your Roon library, a Roon Optimized Core Kit installation may best suit your needs.

ROCK is a custom-created linux solution by our team with one purpose and one purpose only – which is to run Roon. The NUC requires a bit more DIY knowledge but once you are up and running it will be easy to maintain and a good long-term solution that can be placed in a closet or equipment rack.

I hope this gives you a good starting point,but any other questions you may have, feel free to ask and more often than not, Roon users will chime in with some great feedback towards a particular setup.


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