I just received my Nucleus and I am a newbie to all of this having been an audiophile back in the pure analog days. I’m in the steep part of the digital learning curve and don’t understand all of the acronyms or foreign technical language used on these forums so I ask for your kind indulgence . Think of me as your grandfather who doesn’t get all this “magic”…:>)
I have a single ethernet cable strung across the floor from a Netgear router (because there is no outlet near my set up and Ethernet over power won’t work because the electrical outlets are not on the same circuit).
The ethernet cable runs to a Cambridge Audio CSN streamer which is connected to a Sennheiser HDV 820 DAV/Headphone amp via XLR cables as well as an Arcam Alpha 8 bi-amped system (RCA) powering Paradigm speakers. I also have a MacBook Air running Monterey 12.1 and Apple Music where I have all of my CD collection ripped in “lossless” quality connected to the Cambridge CSN via USB.
I have no idea how to find this on the MacBook and can’t find how on the internet. Looks like 102mb from the “about” on the application?
I have no idea how to connect all of this to Nucleus:
1- Do I even need the CA CSN? I think I do to serve as a DAC for the ARCAM amps? If so, is that the only use and do I bypass the streaming functions and use the Nucleus? How do I connect Nucleus to the CA? I’m guessing USB? How do the Nucleus and the streamer work together? Do I switch between the two?
2- I believe that I connect the MacBook Air to Nucleus via USB with the remaining USB port?
3- What about the Sennheiser HDV 820? Did I waste $200 on decent XLR cables? The HDV has a USB input but the Nucleus only has two USB connections and those would be tied up with the Mac and the CA CSN. How do I connect the HDV?
5- I know HDMI is used for the AV system. Can it be used for any of these other connections since the nucleus has two HDMI connectors?
4- Since I only have 1 ethernet cable, which to plug it in to (streamer or Nucleus)? Perhaps there is an ethernet splitter and I plug both in?
5- I would like to copy all my music library to the Nucleus internal HD but the instruction on the website only reference what happens if you ADD a hard drive and format and monitor a folder on your computer or drag and drop from aPC or external drive, not what to do if you purchased one with the Nucleus.
6- Are there people that set this stuff up locally (for a fee of course) or perhaps a remote (ZOOM) service to walk me through this. There is only 1 local audiophile store near (suburbs of St Louis) and they don’t utilize Roon. It would seem that ROON would offer some form of “getting started” support beyond a community posting page, at least given the investment for the hardware.
Thanks- as for now I have a very expensive paperweight…