I’m new here and I’m planning on setting up first Roon core on a Qnap NAS.
I would love to hear the community’s views on my setup
There have been many concerns about mixing storage with core. From what I have read and seen (on youtube), recommendations have been to use NAS just for storage and a separate NUC / Nucleus / Sonicorbiter / etc to host Roon Core. However, like many people opting to use the NAS for both tasks, I want to keep my setup minimal i.e. I would like to maintain fewer boxes.
My proposed setup:
Qnap TVS-672N comes with Intel Core i3 -> which I will upgrade to a Intel Core i7 processor
RAM will be upgraded to 16 GB
Roon Core will be installed on high-speed NVMe drive
Music collection of < 500 GB will also live on NVMe drive
Music (along with other data) will be backed-up on 8TB spinning disks
The fan will be upgraded to the lowest-available-noise fan
NAS storage >> Roon Core on NAS >> Ethernet (need suggestions) >> RME ADI-2 DAC
Qnap TVS-672N = $1300
Intel Core i7 = $400
16GB RAM = $70
1TB NVMe Drive = $130
Total = $1900
With the above setup, am I likely to experience any slowness? Will there be any sound quality compromises?
What’s a good category of Intel Core i7 processor that runs relatively cool and will cause the fan to come on less frequently? i7s are produced in various categories: E, F, K, etc. Is a specific model better suited than others?
Since HQPlayer can be installed on Linux, can Roon output be piped into a HQPlayer instance running on a linux virtual machine on the NAS?
How should music be routed via ethernet from the NAS to the DAC? What are the possible options here?
What compromises should I expect by not running Roon Core on a NAS and not on a separate PC?
Thanks for taking the time to read this and thanks in advance for your help