Hi all. After several years of running Roon on Windows 10, I am looking at migrating to a QNAP. I would love some good advice from this most excellent community!
- 800 albums (growing mainly via Tidal). So…small.
- Five RPi Ropieee endpoints connected via gigabit switches.
- I often stream to two endpoints concurrently, sometimes three, and max of four concurrently on a rare occasion.
- Unifi Network, with 10Gbe capable LAN switch, and Gigabit switches as mentioned.
- I currently run with an older Intel Core 2 Quad processor with a passmark rating of 2260, and 8GB of DDR-2 RAM. Things seem to run pretty okay, with the exception of major buffering when choosing a totally new album/song.
- DSP used on two endpoints currently, but may expand to all five once I do some room correction stuff.
- I use the server for file storage as well, including photos, and will likely take advantage of QNAP’s media sharing for streaming home videos to ATV’s around the house (not externally much). I doubt much of this will be happening concurrently, but it may once in a blue moon.
- There will likely be some concurrent usage between Roon and file transfers, say, if I’m working with photos in Lightroom while listening to music.
- I do not foresee movie streaming from the QNAP.
- Buy a TS-453Be. I would get the 4G version and upgrade to 8GB RAM. They sell for around $420.
- Via the PCIe Slot, i can add SDD’s using this expansion card, and could use one for Roon. That adds another $150-$200 for the card, plus the drive. Might not be worth it for my library size though.
- I plan to connect the QNAP via a 2.5GBe port to my network.
- According to Passmark, the processor in this QNAP has about 1/3 the CPU Mark rating as a basic i3, which is thought to be a minimum for running Roon. What are your thoughts on that given I have a relatively small library?
- For my album size do you think I need to add the SDD’s? According to this, it would not make a difference.
- Can you think of any cheaper options, including an older machine that may have more processing power?
- Would you consider a non-QNAP solution? On that note, my other option is to simply stick with Windows, and even upgrade to Ryzen 3 and 16GB RAM, for much less than the QNAP. I just feel ready to simplify my home server life, and get onto a more user-friendly platform, with built-in media management, and all the reasons people get NAS devices. I could potentially do an Amahi or Freenas solution on my existing hardware, and possibly virtualize core, but again, I’m trying to simplify, and I like having a support team attached to my products.
- I’m assuming Roon On Nas is the way to go?
I know this is a lot, so thank you for reaching the end! If you find this interesting at all, I hope to hear from you.
Thank you in advance,