I’m updating my computer/front end and adding an NUCi7 in order to explore roon and its DSP functions. No multi-room endpoints required.
My thoughts are to stick with W10 and use the NUC as my rooncore & player, and play direct via USB out to my Vitus RD-100.
Control point is an iPad Pro 13”
I’ll probably keep the existing QNAP NAS with it’s 2x 2TB of SSD & 8GB of RAM and use it as intended, as a file server. This way I’m splitting the brains from the brawn and moving the power hungry SSDs away from the CPU.
The NUCi7 i have chosen is the 10510U variant so is 4 core 8 thread 15W so nice and light but very powerful.
This arrangement gives my the most flexibility IMHO.
The NAS has been arranged as:
Disk 1: 1x 2TB SSD; dedicated for OS(QTS), and PLEX server.
Disk 2 :1x 2TB SSD; dedicated as a music drive.
I’m planning on mapping disk 2 on the NUC as a network drive then point rooncore to it. Think this gives me the most secure and tight network connection.
Am i right in thinking this is the most optimised setup, OR has anyone any tips to improve this arrangement?
Put the music SSD inside the NUC and run ROCK if you have a backup of the music…ROCK requires formatting internal drives but USB is an option too. Even if you run W10 on the NUc put the music on/in the NUC
I decided to keep the NAS in toe. The two bay QNAP remains as:
Disk 1: 2TB SSD ‘Media’ File Share (PLEX storage) and QTS (OS)
Disk 2: 2TB SSD ‘Music’ File Share (roon storage)
The drives are arranged as 2 separate 2TB drives, so no raid etc.
On the NUC i7 10510U I have installed roonserver and PLEX server.
I have mounted the 2 NAS shares as drives; M: Music, and V: Video.
The two servers both point at these to create there databases.
Databases are backed up on the NUC’s 256GB NVMe SSD
The above are connected via a netgear GS105 (unmanned switch)
Roon is connected directly to the Vitus RD-100 via USB from the NUC.
The NUC and switch are powered by a dual 12V Teddy Pardo linear PSU.
Finally the Neatgear switch is connected to a TP-Link wireless router/switch.
All Ethernet cables are flat 26AWG CAT8 by Veetop.
I have now had some time to explore roons DSP functions and am really impressed with the results.
The above has made a formidable digital frontend to the system.
Thanks for the help and inspiration
Sounds AMAZING!! Much better than when taking USB directly out from the NAS
At 12 volts you need 5 amps plus. And you need a supply which isn’t droopy. If your PSU voltage sags too much at high loads it will mess the NUC up because 12 volts is right at the bottom end of a NUCs working range.