Currently I’m using a Mac Mini M1 feeding Gustard X16 DAC via USB. My music files are on an external USB HDD also connected to the Mac Mini.
I’m considering inserting a RPi4 Ropieee as endpoint to feed my DAC.
As I understand, the Mac Mini should keep running Roon. The external HDD should stay connected to the Mac Mini. The Mac Mini should be connected to RPi4 (running a Ropieee) through the router. I’m going to keep a wired connection for both rather than dealing with Wifi. Then the RPi4 will connect to my DAC via usb. I have a 3 questions:
Other than playing music through Roon, which will recognize the RPi4 as an endpoint, how can I send audio from Safari and Chrome to my DAC when watching videos (Netflix, YouTube, etc.) on Mac Mini?
On RPi4 should I use USB2 or USB3 to connect to my DAC? Has anyone tested/noticed any audible difference between the two? Or should I consider getting a HAT with cleaner USB or HDMI output?
Other than being able to send native DSD to my DAC, what are the benefits of adding the RPi4 as an endpoint? Will sound improve for non-DSD files too? Will Roon run faster on the Mac?
I’ll probably have a lot more questions once I get all the get together, but I would really appreciate your input for my planning stage questions.