Hi All - after absolutely loving Roon this past year (glad I got lifetime!), I think I’m finally ready to get a NUC. Currently using a networked 2018 Mac mini for the core, but just way too many problems with it as my core and hoping for a much better user experience. The NUC seems to be the answer without breaking the bank too much (and I seem to now have a lot of time on my hands for some reason …). I have a large music library, so I’m thinking of getting the NUC8i7BEH along with 512gb SSD and 16gb RAM to directly plug into my router/switch in another room. I hope I’m not wasting my money, but figured I should somewhat maximize the system to future-proof it. I plan on hooking up an external LaCie 5TB USB 3.0 drive to the NUC that stores my large music library (instead of installing a separate SSD in the NUC or some other method of housing the music). Will this work great as far as performance and user experience? Internal SSD is expensive for what I need, and am hoping that using a normal external USB 3.0 hard drive should more than suffice when directly plugged into the NUC. If an internal SSD is really that much better, I am all ears.
Separately, I love the Logitech Deep Harmony extension which I also run on my Mac mini alongside the Core. How can I get that extension to run on the NUC, or do I need to use a Pi or some other method to run it separately from the Mac mini? I would love for this to run on something other than my computer to really make this a seamless experience, unless that’s not a good idea for one reason or another (meaning maybe I should just keep it running on my Mac Mini).
I’m not tech savvy at building machines, and never worked with a Pi…I just heard about it here and there so this is all new to me! Just wondering what others are doing that have a NUC and that also utilize Deep Harmony.
Thanks all for the help/advice! I appreciate it…