I am petitioning Roon to produce and make available a special type of Nucleus that has the following features:
- Two LAN ports
- With CPU power that is between the current Nucleus and Nucleus+
Reason for (1): one LAN for router connection and the other LAN for direct connection to a separate music renderer/streamer’s LAN input to get the best sound quality that is not “contaminated” with the noisy environment of a router. The 2 LAN ports have to be strictly separated from each other to avoid any “cross talk.” Believe that Nucleus is best used as a Roon core host/server because of its optimized Roon OS implemention. The current Nucleus devices are not very good as music rendererer/streamer/player (that is the reason audiophiles opt for top-end music server/renderer devices such as Taiko, Innuos, Antipodes, and many others).
What I am looking for is a cheaper Nucleus version of Antipodes K40 ($9K) Music Server with Direct Ethernet Stream Output (a 2nd RJ45 LAN port in addition to another LAN port connecting to a router), but without the expenses of Antipodes K40’s internal linear power supply. I intend to use specially treated rechargeable battery power to drive such special Nucleus. This special Nucleus as server only is connected via the LAN ports to a rechargeable battery-powered streamer/renderer, which in turn is connected to a rechargeable battery powered DAC via specially designed i2s connection (via 4 separate cables rather than in HDMI format).
Reason for (2): my own music files are all in PCM files because of use of a R2R ladder DAC (so all DSD files get converted to PCM first) and I also do not need any upsampling (because it would make sound quality worse). Just want to make sure that there is a version of Nucleus that is enough for my roughly 4TB contents of music without going to the extreme of a Nucleus+.
Hope other people will share my needs. If so, let’s join forces to petition Roon to produce a special Nucleus version that has the desired features.