I got a lot of really good help from good people on this forum in September sorting through my naive concepts about moving to Roon. I’m a trifle more advanced now and have made some key decisions, but am struggling with what to do with my valued Naim Uniti Core which introduced me to the very complicated digital world and streaming. It’s a pricey little fellow and I probably should just sell it, but I’d like to keep it around for reasons I’ll mention in a minute, at least for awhile.
Contrary to the earlier advice I received here, I decided to put my music library on a Sonic Transporter instead of going the cheaper route to put it on my Core i7 Windows Computer, mainly because I don’t want to have to leave my computer on all the time. The Sonic Transporter is a fanless Linux Computer with Roon Core installed. The fanless feature is an advantage for wannabe audiophiles like myself. Using the Sonic Transporter also eliminates the struggle to try to get Roon to use the music library on the Naim Uniti Core, which is reportedly really difficult if not impossible to do, and I just don’t have the sitting capacity for techie struggles like that.
But how best to keep the Naim Uniti Core? I’m not really rich enough to keep it, but darn it, I like the ripper, and I like the Naim iOS app and it’s editor. I also prefer editing via tablet which I can do before I pass it to Roon. Roon requires using a Windows or Mac editor which would force me to sit at a desktop computer (bad back issues). So I’d still continue to use the Naim as my primary music library and put its backup on the Sonic Transporter feeding Roon.
That leaves this dilemma:
Can I leave the Naim Uniti Core on my network just as I have it installed now?
Or can I leave it there for convenience but disconnect it from my DAC?
Or should I find another place for it?
Here’s the way my living room is presently connected for streaming:
Ethernet > Naim Uniti Core > Audio Alchemy DDP-1 DAC (+ LPS and Audio Alchemy DMP-1 (Roon ready Network Streamer))
to Audiomat Tube Amp > Quad ESL-63 Speakers
I want to leave the above as is and introduce this (I have just enough physical space to squeeze them in):
Ethernet > Sonic Transporter (+ LPS)
Note that leaving the Naim Uniti Core in place and still functional as a server would mean I could optionally continue to use Naim’s iOS app in the living room, which I’d like to do - at least for awhile as I evaluate Roon.
If that’s not doable or not a good idea, I could just disconnect the Naim from the DAC but leave it connected to the network. The living room is the most convenient location for new rips.
Last choice would be to move it near the router and the desktop computer. (It may be last choice, but it’s not actually a bad choice.)
At this point, I need something explained I don’t understand: How does the Audio Alchemy DMP-1 streamer know it’s just been sent a music stream from the Sonic Transporter when there is no cable between them??