Hi there, very excited to make my first steps into the roon community!
Have read so many topics and boards and it won’t stop getting better and better…I discovered roon after researching for a downsizing of my home stereo (rip my dear old Cambridge Audio one plus and a pair of floorstanding Motive 2s…well they are tucked away in the cellar for now…). Reason being our toddler who we want to let go into any corner without worrying he’ll be chewing and pulling on cables etc.
Therefore I got myself the following:
TV --> toslink --> Audioquest Beetle --> AQ Big Sur 3.5 jack --> Naim Mu-so
NUC 7i5 (not yet here, roon core) --> home Ethernet --> NAS Synology 214play (Music library) --> Home Ethernet–> Allo USBridge --> wireworld USB --> Naim Mu-so
What I want to do:
Watch TV with enhanced sound, hence the beetle/ Naim.
Listen to roon/Spotify in our living room, hence the Allo USBridge (better SQ than BT from beetle, max. 192 kHz Vs 96 from beetle).
Now after listening to the Naim for a while now, I very much like it for what it is, but I’m missing my stereo sound.
Therefore I’m now researching for an active wireless speaker solution and the only possibility I have found for my setup was the bluesound flex, BC they are supporting RAAT out of the box, adequately priced, small enough and as a USP mains free with the battery pack.
BUT: I’m hesitating especially because of the listed 20W output of those speakers, knowing that there are so many active boxes out there for a comparable price ( e.g. Genelec G one) and providing double the output.
Our living room is ca. 35 sqm, l-shaped…
Long story made short: is my setup the right one or should I toss out the beetle ( use it in another room) and get some decent roon ready dac with toslink input (TV) and 3.5 jack (Naim) plus RCA cinch output (e.g. Genelec G one) to connect everything together?
Are there any suggestions for some good active speakers with great SQ, powerful output that I can integrate without too much cabling…?
Thanks in advance for your suggestions, hope I did describe it understandable… (Next time will be less text…)
Just did it. After reading many more posts about the whole Bluesound ecosystem, I guess it is a good way to start.
Got myself a pair of pulse flex, stereo setup plus my Mu-so for center. Maybe getting a node 2 (just read one more good review, see link below) in too, but that’ll depend if there is a good discount. That way I could even Stereoplay my TV sound…
There is room to upgrade so I guess this won’t be the last time I’ll have some questions around here….
Here we go. I jumped in and now having my 2 week roon trial with following setup:
Audioquest Beetle : AQ 3.5 analogue cable : Bluesound Node 2 : AQ RCA to 3.5 : naim Mu-so
Plus stereo paired Pulse Flex
I’m still switching between rooning AQ beetle over Bluetooth plus the RAAT pulse flex stereo pair, or node 2 plus stereo pulse flex, or grouping node 2 and the pulse flex into one zone and rooning to that setup directly.
So far every option works perfectly!!
I probably won’t continue using the first option, because the beetle only allows max 24 bit/48 khz over Bluetooth (but the beetle is doing a great job and it was originally bought to enhance TV sound only).
Didn’t yet encounter any playback trouble as mentioned in the big bluesound and roon post, but I did have to adjust the pulse flex to a 250 ms delay as they were not synced to the beetle: naim Mu-so. With that all flawlessly…
Next up: I’ll connect my Allo USBridge to the node 2 just to see if there is any influence and as a second option connect it to the naim directly and then roon : USBridge plus roon : node 2 and the stereo pair…
So many choices….
All in all a really exciting experience so far, now I’ll go back and re-rip all my music again to FLAC…
(TV sound is also taken care of by toslink: AQ beetle : AQ 3.5 analogue input : bluesound node 2 : RCA to 3.5 : naim Mu-so plus the two stereo pulse flex…but that’s another topic and nothing to do with roon as everything is running over BS App.)