Hey guys. I’ve heard wonderful things but I have questions about the Nucleus and how it would work with my setup.
Currently I’m running a Roon core on this Windows 10 PC.
As you can see, it’s a robust Windows 10 PC. I use it for all kinds of things. All of my music is stored on a NAS. My music library is huge! I have roughly 16TB of music stored on my NAS. I run Roon through HQ Player on my PC. It runs fine and never glitches. Anytime new music is added to the NAS, I drop the files into JRiver for metadata tagging artwork etc. I have a watched folder where everything shows up in Roon. Sometimes I make minor artwork/metadata changes in Roon but my system is pretty standard with JRiver for initial file loading.
Recently, I had a PC scare. I had to get it serviced as it would only boot to the bios page. I got in touch with a very friendly and expert guy who updates the bios and did a full cleaning and other things to help with the PC. Once thing he mentioned is my SSD drive is pretty full and I noticed Roon was taking up a big chunk of it. I imagine this doesn’t help my overall pc performance and this brings me to the idea of a Nucleus. I will start by saying I would want this to be an easy transition and more importantly user friendly. Currently with Roon Core on my Desktop (Ethernet Wired from my router). I have a usb output (curious cables) into my RME ADI Dac. Everything in my PC is transferred via USB. As mentioned Roon outputs through HQ Player and then out of the DAC into my powered Focal Solo6 Be speakers. It’s a great studio monitor setup. I have different endpoints all over the house using Apple TV boxes, Chromecast, Sonos, etc. that all works great too with my WiFi. But I mainly love accessing Roon on my main PC dual monitor setup and navigating with my mouse etc. I rarely use my iPad and only my phone for basic song navigation. Here’s my question. How does the Nucleus connect to my DAC? And if so, I only have one usb in to my DAC so I would lose all PC control if that’s the case. I don’t want that. My music would all still be stored on my NAS so I imagine a full roon backup before would keep all my folder settings. So, can anyone confirm how nucleus works with my existing PC and monitor setup? I think I may be a good candidate? I really just want to unload it from my PC and run it in the Nucleus for the best PC performance. I’ve read some stuff but I’m hoping someone can simplify. Thank you in advance.