I just installed Roon and the streamer/DAC Teac NT-505.
Here is my system configuration: Roon core runs on Dell I7 with music stored on SSD, 35ft ethernet connection to the Teac 505. I have a dedicated high end SACD/CD player connect via Coax to the Teac. I have performed the following tests/results using a same source music:
- CD player running stand alone. Most transparent, but not as expansive sound stage as #2, SQ is about 80% of test #2, this could be the DAC in my Cd player is dated in comparison to the new AKM DAC chips in Teac.
- CD player/Coax cable/Teac DAC. Best sound. more open sound stage, better dynamic, but not as transparent as in #1, could be due to the inferior coax RCA.
- Dell NAS/Roon/Ethernet/Teac using Iphone/Ipad as remote. Open sound stage, warmer, but not as good air around instrument as in #2.
- Lumin app/Teac/USB flash drive using Iphone as remote. Better sound than option #3, but not as good as option #2.
To my ears, SQ of option #3 is decent but not as good as other options. How can I improve SQ of Roon in test #3 since I like Roon alot for its excellent interface? I just subsribe to Roon and want to keep it, but if SQ is not as good as other options, I may have to cancel it. May be I should get a better streamer and separate DAC? or interface to the Teac via USB/laptop and just use the Lumin app?
I have about 1000 albums stored on NAS, and don’t currently use any streaming services.
Thanks for any input.