I’m thinking of creating an additional endpoint that will enable multichannel PCM and DSF. I already have the ROON core installed on a NUC7i7DNHE and it is working great. I’m thinking of getting another Intel NUC as an endpoint, installing Linux, and using a fanless case (Akasa). The NUC I’m thinking of getting is the NUC6CAYH Kit which has a quad-core Celeron processor, then I’ll add 4GB RAM and 120GB SSD (know that’s overkill for an endpoint, but these days it’s hard to find anything less robust and still cheaper).
I’ll use the HDMI out for multichannel PCM and DSF files to go either directly into my Marantz SR7012 or via the Oppo UDP-205 intermediary (to take advantage of its HDMI jitter reduction circuit), then on to the Marantz.
Does anybody see any problems with this or have any suggestions? How about operating system - Windows 10 or Ubuntu? I was thinking of getting one of those cheap Minisforum fanless PCs on Amazon - a lot cheaper - but after reading about them, I thought they were just too unreliable to last long-term. Then there is the much cheaper RPi4 solution, but no answers if it can do multichannel as of yet. Still trying to decide.