I love my Mac mini based Roon system. For two or three years my core has worked great on a 2011 mini. I just ordered a new-in-box 2018 i7 with lots of RAM. I wanted a device that can still be upgraded. The 2011 has reached its limit. I have another 2014 Mini that is my desktop and operates a Roon Bridge to a Schitt DAC to amp and bookshelf Klipsch speakers.
My plan is to set up the 2011 as an additional Bridge, using the USB outputs and the HDMI out to feed a currently underused Oppo BDP103. The 103 has sufficient USB inputs to support a Roon feed and my library on hard drive. The 103 also has a HDMI input for the mini’s output. If all goes according to plan, I will feed the 103’s HDMI output to an input on my Sony TV, and from there through eARC to my Sonos Arc system (ARC, Sub3, 1s for surrounds).
I have tried playing my files this way through the Oppo via thumb drive; it all works fine.
In theory, it seems a cool solution. In practice? We’ll see. Anyone here tried a similar scheme? All I know for sure is, using a thumb drive through the Oppo to eARC to the Sonos sounds better - orders of magnitude better - than streaming Roon directly or Airplay. I will report results after I get everything set up.
Comments welcome, yay or nay!