Recommendations for an endpoint

Hello all,

I am looking at joining the Room family and have a server I can run Roon on to serve music, so I’m looking for a DAC/streamer which I can use with Roon.

I would like MQA and DSD512/768khz support so that I’m pretty future proofed should I ever have anything to play in those formats and my budget is up to around £750 as I need to buy an amp as well.

Any recommendations?

Thank you.

A core that can do dsd512 is going to need something beefy…what core computer are thinking of using?

I’m running an i7 6700k with 32gb of ram so I should be fine shouldn’t I?


Does it need to be a DAC with ethernet input? I don’t know of any that support DSD512 & PCM768kHz on ethernet input, under £1000. I’ll think and come back later.

You can have those rates supported with a 2-box solution though.

An RPi4 (Roon Bridge endpoint) + USB DAC (like Pro-Ject Pre Box S2 DAC) would work really well and be well under your budget. Leaves more money for the amp you mention.

That should get you there … probably