Hello! I auditioned out Roon at my local dealer recently and was instantly hooked! Right now I’m using an Apple Airport Express as my streamer / DAC, but it’s giving me problems — an excuse to upgrade! I’m looking for a network player and DAC (or 2-in-1) that is Roon ready, can handle DSD and MQA, and has balanced XLR line out. I’ll be connecting to DAS via ethernet. My budget is $1k but I can stretch that if there’s a compelling need. I’m currently considering the following combo:
SOtM sMS-200 + Topping D70
I’m also wondering if using my desktop as DAS is viable (desktop -> ethernet -> streamer)? I want to avoid NAS if at all possible.