Node 2i or just attach a DAC to the ROCK?

I’m looking for something to get more than the 16/44 that AirPlay offers to my main receiver.

I’ve been reading up on the Node 2i and will be cabling it (I cable everything I can) but when reading through the thread here about problems with 2i kit someone mentioned you could just stick a DAC on your Roon server and connect that (and I hadn’t even thought about it).

In Sweden the Node 2i is just shy of 6000SEK (about 550€/$600)and now i’m thinking maybe I should just pour that money into “just” a DAC and get some sort of payoff for it.

But then I read that you could get some sort of mysterious interference from your Roon server if you do that. My Roon server is a not-supported-but-very-much-working NUC5i7RYH with SSD and 16GBs of RAM running ROCK.
Any advice?

Are you able to use HDMI for sound into your receiver?

I could do that- I have the cable and I can put the NUC pretty much anywhere I want.

Well that should give you better than AirPlay. And it should give you an idea of how a direct link from NUC to amplifier sounds. USB won’t be any worse. You should be able to enable audio over HDMI in Roon.

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All I have to do now is figure out which HDMI interface it is. Baffling. :slight_smile: