I am new to this board and considering getting a Roon setup.
- Bluesound Node 2
- Beolab 5 (connected digital with SPDIF)
I use this setup exclusively to stream from TIdal (i.e. I have no stored files on a server).
I am considering upgrading to a more high end streaming transport (AuralicAries G1, Lumin D2, Bricasti M5), while at the same time switching to using the Roon software.
At this point I am not looking at storing files locally.
My question is:
Other than a streaming transport, do I NEED to have a Roon Core/server (this means the same, right)? My current guess is the answer is yes.
If the answer is yes, three follow-up questions:
- Does the type of server/core affect sound quality (I would assume not, it only forwards files to the transport, the way I understand it); and
- What would be the minimum spec/make+model server I need to get going? For instance would there be benefit of using a Roon Nucleus over something homemade or lower specced?
- What is your opinion on the value add of moving to Roon, given I only stream Tidal? Especially adding ~1500 EUR in kit for a server that I dont need in my current setup, is something I cant quite justify at this point.
Looking forward to your thoughts and opinions.