I have a Roon setup in my home which seems to work well. I run Roon Core on a dedicated MacMini which has an ethernet connection directly into my hub and on the other end a USB into my DAC (Chord Hugo TT).
Now I want to setup a second system in my girlfriends house. I have a similar MacMini, but unfortunately the switch is 2 floors down from the listening room. I have placed the MacMini downstairs and am perfectly able to use my Chord Poly/Mojo as a mobile endpoint. However, what I would like is to create a more permanent solutions and feed my DAC (Burson Audio) with the Roon signal.
I would much appreciate suggestions on what would be the best (sonically) option. The DAC has various inputs (USB, Coax and Optical). I am open to prefab components, but would not mind building things around a Raspberry or similar.
Many thanks for your considerations. And a very joyful 2021!
If the wifi makes it down there, get a raspberry pi4, flirc case, install ropieee (or other sw), and connect the pi’s usb output directly to your amp.
Thank you very much for your reply! I have studied the Ropieee ‘beginners guide’.
Am I right in assuming that the USB output from the pi4 is of such quality that it no longer benefits from adding a DIGI-board, unlike the pi3 and pi2?
Pi4 USB is undoubtably improved over previous pi’s, though whether this negates the need for further improvement, only you can decide I would start with a basic Pi4, and if you get that itching feeling later on, add a USB HAT - personally I don’t see any need, especially with a decent DAC, but other “audiophile” opinion may vary.
This is the guide for ropieee you should read.
Maybe the best setup is to have your girlfriend move in with you.
Haha - I considered it seriously. But when I consulted my audio, I was told that her GAF (Gear Acceptancy Factor) was a little low.
So I had to abandon that thought