I installed the Roon server docker container on my unRAID server last night and I can’t remember the last time I have been this excited about listening to my favourite albums again! The transport layer information in Roon is great but it made me hang my head in shame when I realised what it was doing to my lossless files. The Apple TV4K is a rubbish transport device!
My weird setup:
I have what is technically a 2.2 channel surround sound receiver capable of decoding 7.1 - Arcam SR250. It has a multi-channel DAC (Cirrus Logic CS42528 DAC) but only outputs to two monitors and two subs. It can decode all the surround sound formats including Dolby Atmos & DTS:X and push 7.1 channels over two speakers and two subs. It also has Dirac room correction - I am yet to get around to configuring this.
While Arcam theater equipment is known for being musical I am curious which of these options is best for me:
- Keep the stream in the digital realm as long as possible and use an SPDIF only device like the Allo DigiOne or Metrum Acoustics Baby Ambre
- Get a DAC like the Allo BOSS bypassing the Arcam DAC
- Get a combination of the above like the Pi 2 Design 502DAC and work out which sounds best.
The last option seems like the most logical but I would appreciate your thoughts.