I just installed Roon and the streamer/DAC Teac NT-505 in my audio system.
Here is my system configuration: Roon core runs on Dell I7 with music stored on SSD, 35ft Cat5e ethernet connection from Comcast Router from my office upstairs to my HT’s Asus router, then another 35ft of Cat7 cable to the Teac 505. The Teac then feeds Conrad Johnson preamp and Wolcott mono amps.
I also run Minimserver from the Dell to stream music to the Teac using the SAME connection as above.
I performed the following A/B/C tests:
A. Dell NAS/Roon/Ethernet/Teac: The sound is warm and somewhat veiled/ muddy, no clear separation of instrument.
B. Lumin app/Teac/USB flash drive: Best SQ.
C. Dell NAS/Minimserver/Ethernet/Teac: Better SQ than option A using Roon.
How can I improve SQ of Roon? I just subscribed Roon and want to keep it, but if SQ is not as good as other options, I may have to cancel it.
I have about 1000 albums stored on NAS, and don’t currently use any streaming services.
Thanks for any input.