Taking advantage of this thread to configure my planned HQPlayer setup: my DAC is a Holo May KTE, which allegedly has a great USB input. Is there any reason to go beyond a basic Pi 4 + HQPlayer OS > USB > May for NAA endpoint?
Thanks, I had forgotten about those. Backordered, but then so are Pi 4s, so…
@Jean-Luc_Descout described his fanless server, which is close to what I’m considering to run as Roon and HQPlayer server, but I’m a bit unsure of how “big” to go with all the options at Fanless PC | Power Computers, Fanless PCs. Would this be enough with i9-11900? My concern is not price but bulk and noise given the constraints of our living arrangements. On the server, I just need system SSD for OS and Roon, 4TB SSD for music. No WiFi or additional cards, I’d be running it headless with Ubuntu Server LTS 20.04, which is what I run on my current lower-grade fanless Roon servers.
For the endpoint (NAA). In which case you would run HQPlayer somewhere else doing all the heavy lifting.
If you need basic PCM output upsampling, then the Up could possibly do that too and run HQPlayer Embedded. But for such lighter operations with HQPlayer Embedded there are those better suited more powerful Up Squared devices, such as this
Or the just announced new one with new CPUs:
Note that these are not suitable for running advanced modulators for DSD outputs. Just basic PCM filters.