I am a Tidal subscriber and I am currently on my two week trial of Roon. I am liking the experience so far and I am planning how I might set-up across my house in the future and I thought I might post my plans here for comments. I also think the act of writing it down may help my thinking!
I am currently running Roon on my desktop windows 10 PC (installed on 512gb Samsung SSD) which has an Intel i5 3570k (overclocked to 4.5ghz) CPU with 8gb ram and GTX 970 graphics card, I have 735 FLAC albums, some in higher definition, running off a spinning hard drive. My PC is connected to my Arcam-irDAC-II via USB and then onto a pair of Adam F5 studio speakers. I also have a Sonos Play 1 in the kitchen and I have an IQBerry Dac Hat on order for my Rasberry Pi3. I intend to connect the Raspberry Pi to my Denon ARVX3300 amplifier which is connected to my Monitor Audio Bronze 5.1 speaker set-up in the lounge.
In terms of control, I have a Samsung S7 phone, my wife an S5 and we also have an older Android Tablet and they all seem capable of controlling things.
My PC is a gaming PC but 3 years old now and I was planning to sell off the parts, as I usually do, to help fund a new machine however I am now thinking, with a bit of tweaking, it might become my Roon Core machine running all the time. I would put it back to stock speed, put a silent fan on it and remove the graphics card. I would leave the Kaspersky firewall and virus software on there but take everything else off.I would then buy a new PC and connect the DAC to that and stream from the old PC.
Some initial questions; should I try and put my own music on a SSD rather than storing it on a SATA drive? Is this a good solution? Are there any other things I should think about?
I am happy with the Sonos solution, and I will report back my experiences with the DAC Hat etc.
Any comments gratefully received.