Hi, we’re interested in Roon to manage our multi-room music setup. If it’s not too much trouble, I wanted to describe our situation and see if anyone has recommendations for how to put it together.
Right now we have:
– One room wirh a traditional amp and pair of speakers, usually connected to MacBook with Dragonfly DAC to stream KCRW off the internet, or Tidal/Spotify.
– A second room with another traditional amp and pair of speakers, usually connected to another MacBook with a Dragonfly DAC to also stream KCRW off the internet, or Spotify.
– A third room with one pair of Sonos 5:Gen2 speakers. Right now usually streaming Spotify to them from iPhones.
In addition, we have about 800 albums on CD that we’re in the process of ripping to ALAC, and we’ll want somewhere to store and access them. Also a few mp3 files here and there.
Our goal is to put together a system that allows us to use iPhones to control streaming of all the above sources to any combinations of the speakers in the three rooms, as close to lossless as possible.
We’re happy to buy a new system to serve as the core and ALAC storage. We’re equally happy with Mac, Windows or Linux, but want to keep everything as compatible as possible. One priority will be to keep the size footprint as small as possible. (Doubting however that a Raspberry Pi is the solution we’re looking for.)
We’re probably also looking at buying new computers to serve as the output points for the two rooms with traditional stereo amps and speakers. As above, any OS is fine, but a small size footprint is highly desirable.
Finally, we’d like to keep the cost in a manageable range – not thinking super high-end, more working with commonly available computer gear.
If any suggestions come to mind, we’re ready to take notes!