Comments on my setup plan?

So, I’ve been testing out Roon with a Bluesound Pulse Flex. Now, I’m looking to incorporate Roon into my main home theater system. I have a lot of FLAC 5.1 files in my collection. I had hoped the OPPO 203 could be the endpont, but no multichannel support. Then I bought Bluesound Node 2 only to learn that it too does not support multichannel.

So, unless I am missing something, the only endpoint options in the $500 or so range are a PC/NUC or maybe Raspberry Pi device?

This got me to realize that I have a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 that could be used (though it does need a touchscreen repair). So, I think I’m going to give this route a try. I’ve got a docking station, so the Surface could look pretty slick on my HTPC rack, with the added benefit of being an additional control device that my kids don’t walk away with as they do currently with my iPad. :slightly_smiling_face:

One thing I am trying to decide is whether to also move my Core to this Surface. My current Core is a QNAP TS 653A NAS, which is a few years old with Celeron CPU.

Is there any harm in moving the Core to the Surface and having it also be Endpoint (and maybe occasionally Controller)? Or, am I best to sacrifice the CPU horsepower and keep the Core on my NAC? BTW, Surface is i5, and both devices would be hiredwired to gigabit LAN.

I’d also appreciate any other advice for options zing my setup, and makeup no sure it is stable and reliable.