I’ve been breaking my head for months over how to work my setup and with the new release thought I’d drop by the forum to ask some advice.
Currently I’ve got a Linn DSM (which I use as a DS…so the amp isn’t in use) through my beloved Accuphase E-205 which is connected to a pair of Harbeth speakers. I have Roon Core setup on my macbook air which is less than ideal for a number of reasons and which I’d like to replace. My Linn is connected to a Synology DS115 which contains my music library.
My plan at the moment is to set up a new system in my dining/kitchen area. I’ve got some old B&W speakers I’ll use for a little while and then I’ll have the choice to either hook them up with my Linn and buy a new RoonReady DAC to go with the Accuphase or go for an entirely new amp & DAC or all-in-one to go in the kitchen/dining room. I defintiely don’t want another Linn as I’m not entirely happy with it for various reasons. I would really like to group both zones when I want to fill the downstairs with music (ie a party) but I’m given to understand that the zones must be of the same type so as I understand it, if I use the Linn in the K/DR than I would either need a compatible device such as a Linn in the LR or I’d need to connect a NUC or other such device to the Linn so that Roon could be grouped with the LR setup.
Ultimately what I want is to move the Core to a device which can handle both Roon and internet TV (basically we want to access Netflix, Amazon, and HBO on the TV). So I thought to buy a NUC and use that as a headless server of sorts but I’m not sure if it’ll work well for our purposes…perhaps I’d be asking too much of it. Likewise I’m not wildly technical, I can easily figure out the most basic stuff and sometimes some more complicated things with a lot of effort, so I’m concerned that a NUC will do my head in.
I wondered if anyone had any advice regarding how to set up a NUC to do what I’m thinking about or even some better suggestions for a device to do the heavy lifting.
Likewise I’m a bit at a loss on the best way (ie needing to buy the fewest new devices) to set up my various rooms/zones using as much as possible the equipment I already own so if anyone has ideas that I haven’t thought of than I’m entirely open to them.
Thanks everyone for all the great information that’s posted here and to the Roon team for their incredible work!