I’m a new user still on my roon trial, but I have to say that I really dig the whole roon experience. I’m now running roon on my Imac i7 which has worked just fine, but I find the power saving settings a bit cumbersome. So I’m planning on getting a NUC7i7BNH that would run Rock and be powered all the time. I’ve been reading that the Nuc makes some noise so I would like connect it straight to my router which is in a different room than my main system. My main system is in the living room and it consist of a pair of Kef LS50 wireless speakers that are connected with a wire to the network. I’m mostly listening Tidal but I’m planning on ripping some cds to the nuc’s HD. So the question is will I loose on sound quality if the Nuc is not connected through USB to the Kefs? Is this a good way for connecting the Nuc or should I do it differently? Do I need a separate Dac?
And also is it sensible to get the NUC7i7BNH or should I at this point get Nuc8. I’ve been reading that there seems to be some problems with the 8th generation?
You probably don’t need an i7 for “just” Tidal - sizing recommendations are here. Roon’s own entry-level Nucleus is an i3 in a nice case.
The noise thing you can fix with a screwdriver and a passive Akasa case. Different room works as well, of course.
The LS50 wireless have built-in Roon support. You’d probably want to use that if possible. If that doesn’t work out for you, there’s a bunch of options (products from Sonore and Allo come to mind).
Regarding NUC8, they aren’t officially supported yet. Whether that’ll happen eventually is unknown. If you want officially supported, including in the future, stick to the exact models in the knowledge base.
“The LS50 wireless have built-in Roon support. You’d probably want to use that if possible. If that doesn’t work out for you, there’s a bunch of options (products from Sonore and Allo come to mind).”
Yes I would use Kefs own built in Roon support. Does that mean that there is no point in running a usb from the Nuc to Kef? Would that make a difference either in sound or performance? Does it make a difference if I play Flacs from the Nuc? Sorry it these are stupid questions but I’m having a bit trouble understanding this.
You can operate the NUC both via USB cable and wireless. The LS50 Wireless will not appear in the Roon Audio dialog until you switch the speakers to wireless on the top buttons. For USB (Windows), the USB driver must be installed from the KEF website. With USB (Roon Rock), the USB port is detected by default.
In simple words. Hardly. I tested both. For me there is no hearable sound difference. USB resolves up to 192 kHz, wireless up to 96 kHz. But I hear no difference between 192 kHz and 96 kHz. However, the reaction via wireless is a bit delayed.
Thanks you are absolutely right. It seems that almost all Qobuz albums in my library that are marked hirez are actually not. Tried a Tidal one and that worked fine. This kinda seals the deal for me. I see no reason in paying the premium for Qobuz.