I have a listening room that serves 2 purposes recording live music and audiophile listening.
I currently have a MacBook pro running the Roon core. An apogeedigital.com Ensemble thunderbolt II music interfaceinterface(https://www.apogeedigital.com/products/ensemble) is connected via the thunderbolt port. The Room core recognizes and uses the Ensemble interface beautifully.
The Ensemble interfaces does double duty as a preamp and A/D converter for driving the amp and for plugging/instuments and microphones for recording (I use Logic Pro as the DAW software).
The D/A circuits are among the best in the industry. I just bought a Nucleus+ would like to use it to replace the MacBook pro. The question is how to connect it. I see that there is a currently unused thunderbolt connector in the Nucleus+ that would be the natural way to do it (Is there an ETA for that?).
Other digital inputs available on the ensemble are:
- ADAT: 16 channels 44.1-48 kHz on 2 Toslink connectors
- SMUX: 8 channels 88.2-96 kHz on 2 Toslink connectors
- S/PDIF: 4 channels, up to 96 kHz on 2 Toslink connectors
- Coax IN: 2 channels of S/PDIF, up to 192 kHz on 1 RCA connector