I currently up-sample to DSD128 with ext2 and ASMD7EC on my desktop computer, but would like to use a fanless/silent computer for that (and if possible raise to DSD256). But what is the best way to go for such a computer?
- Option 1: buy separate parts and a silent chassi for a regular motherboard, for example Streacom FC8 ALPHA which supports Mini-ITX motherboards and CPUs up to 95W (65W recommended).
- Option 2: buy a ready-to-use fanless mini-pc like this one from Kingdel
- Option 3: buy a regular Intel NUC and combine it with a passive-cooled chassi, for example Akassa Turing
The purpose of this mini-pc will be for up-sampling with HQPlayer, and maybe also as Roon Core, no special requirements except the normal outputs (USB, HDMI etc) and place for at least one SSD drive. If possible, up-sampling ext2 to DSD256 with ASMD7EC
I am sure there are people out there that has messed around with this a lot, so I will be thankful for any suggestions and recommendations.