My main listening room accommodates two roon endpoints, one desktop endpoint (RME DAC, RPI4 streamer and ADAM active speakers), and my main stereo endpoint (Topping D90, RPI4 streamer, Musical Fidelity M6si amp and KEF reference 1 speakers). I tend to only use HQ Player on my main stereo endpoint.
To use HQ Player, upscaling to DSD 256 and ADDM7EC modulators I need to use my main PC, and although water-cooled, you can hear it when sat down in the listening position for the main stereo endpoint. Similarly, my Roon Core (ROCK on NUC 7i7BNB) is also in the same room in the equipment rack. The NUC is fanless, but it does have a spinning drive which again you can hear at quieter moments.
I want to get rid of both sources of noise whilst keeping HQ Player. I can easily move the NUC upstairs to my server cupboard. The issue is with the main PC, which I can’t easily move around (its my gaming PC). Could I repurpose my NUC and run Ubuntu server? I could then run Roon Core and HQ player on it. I know the NUC is not really powerful enough for DSD 256, but I could run PCM?? In possible preperation I have swapped DACs, I will keep the Topping on DSD256 via Roon on my desktop, and rely on the RME for the main endpoint with HQ Player.
Is this a viable solution? Can I use HQ Player like this? Are there any guides around which might help me do this (a linux ludite!!)? Are there other solutions I should consider?