Not sure if I am allowed to do this; but I couldn’t resist; it’s just too good a deal.
The Intel NUC6CAYH Kit is still available (I guess) in very limited quantities from a New York Internet vendor @ below a $100.00 cost. (an Intel NUC PC Kit @ less than a Benny?!? - I may need a Benny )
The NUC6CAYH makes a great Roon endpoint which can service both USB DACs and HDMI-capable receivers/integrated amps which have internal DACs. Have been thinking of doing another one of these for my bedroom Audio & AVR setup, and have been looking into the more affordable Raspberry-Pi endpoint solutions for quite a while now (plus I wanted to do something new). But I wanted multichannel audio capability as well. RPi doesn’t seem to be there as of yet, and may not for some time. So, when I saw this, I couldn’t resist - still one of the most affordable NUC endpoint solutions available.
If you already have a multichannel USB or multichannel ethernet DAC – then, you probably don’t need this NUC endpoint. However, without that, to do any multichannel, this NUC may be the most affordable alternative, but you will have to use its HDMI output. It will take a Roon RAAT input and transmit a multichannel feed to an AVR via HDMI very nicely. For DSD multichannel, you will have to convert the DSD stream to PCM via your Roon Core. As far as a transport/endpoint to any USB stereo DAC, it should be able to do up to 2-channel native DSD 256 and PCM 24/384 (at least, and probably more), if your DAC can handle it. I’ve tried DSD 256 files (via USB) with my main downstairs system (which has an existing fanless-NUC6CAYH endpoint - no issues). It also does 5.1 multichannel PCM (24/96) via HDMI to my AVR just fine.
Anywhose, I got one because I couldn’t resist the price - doesn’t bring it down to RPi cost-levels, but it comes closer, and gives you a much better endpoint solution, multichannel capability, and all with lots more trouble-free functionality (using the ROCK OS configured as endpoint-only).
I hope this post is OK - the vendor is B&H Photo. I’m NOT associated with them in any way (I work in health-care), but I couldn’t pass-up letting other potentially-interested community members know about this. If I’m in violation of any community policies – MODERATORS, please let me know and I will delete or modify my post.
[EDIT (2020/06/06): Unfortunately, a week or so ago, the B&H Photo price on this NUC went up (back to $147 from $97). Don’t know if they’ll drop it down again, but it’s still affordable for an endpoint. Also, the NUC6CAYH needs to have its stock wireless card replaced with an Intel AC 7265 (around $14/15 on Amazon) if you want wireless function on a ROCK install]