Recently I decided to upgrade my music system. Currently I listen to a Bose Wave CD Radio and this is my entire music system. I have about 500 CD’s and, a long time ago, I ripped them to an external hard drive but that hard drive has since failed so I’m back to listening to the FM tuner and listening to CD’s on my radio. As archaic as this sounds to many of you, I think of it this way; it’s a blank slate to move forward.
I mostly listen to classical and world music. Many of my favorite CD’s are not available for streaming hence why I need to rip them again. My 2010 MacBook takes forever to rip just one CD. Is there a CD ripper you would recommend?
Recently, I went to the Sonos store and was pretty impressed with the Play 5’s. For my smalll NYC apartment, I think they would work just fine. Perhaps with Roon, should I just skip the Play 5’s and maybe get the Naim Muso Qb’s instead? Apparently, Naim has connectivity issues. Is this true? Also, is Naim Roon enabled? Then there is Bluesound which is Roon enabled. Too many choices. Sonos vs. Naim vs. Bluesound? I need your help.
I am just confused about whether or not to just use the Sonos app or move to Roon. I’ve read great reviews about the Roon Music Server and it seems impressive. With talk of Rock, and NUC, and Nucleus, and this and that, Roon seems to be a bit complicated for me.
Here are a few options I was thinking about. Currently I only use Sync Cloud Storage to backup my files. Theoretically, I could rip all of my music and put it there but do need a stand-a-lone NAS? I have already had two standard hard drives fail in the past so if I back up any music I want to use SSD’s. Here are a few ideas that I had:
Get a Brennan B2. It’s a CD player and a ripper that stores up to 2 TB of music. Storage is not SSD but it seems very convenient. I would also be able to continue to play obscure CD’s that are not offered for streaming without having to rip them first. It also has a built-in amplifier and the sound quality should be better than using a non-audio NAS device. Check it out here: https://www.brennan.co.uk
Get a QNAP TS-453BT3. It has two thunderbolt ports so read/write times should be very fast for ripping CD’s and I can get up to 2 TB’s of SSD storage. I also need an NAS anyway. My computer is running out of storage space. My photo library is huge. It’s pre-loaded with Roon software too.
Get a Samsung T3 1TB Portable SSD. Only rip music on the SSD. Connect it to Sonos and call it a day.
Get a Microjukebox with a 1 TB SSD. It’s over $1,100 and you can not use it as a regular CD player like the Brennan B2 but the SSD is a huge advantage. It will rip my CD’s and, perhaps, store them in a more archival place than the QNAP? Perhaps the Microjukebox has better sound quality? https://www.smallgreencomputer.com/collections/audio-server/products/micro-jukebox?variant=14709249348
There is one more piece to this puzzle. What about purchasing the Roon Music App instead of the Sonos App? Roon is already integrated into QNAP’s NAS devices. I could also use Roon with these other solutions, I think…
Get a NUC. Up until yesterday I had no idea what it is and I’m still clueless. Does it come with a 1 TB SSD? With a NUC and can run Roon “Rock” (software) and have a dedicated and stable music server separate from my NAS. I think I can rip my 500’s to a USB stick or SD card and plug it into a NUC?
Get Roon’s proprietary music server, the Roon Nucleus. I’m even more confused…
In the end, do you all see why I am so bloody confused? Now back to my music with my 15 year old Bose Wave CD Radio. It may be antiquated but it is simple to understand.