I’m considering getting a Nucleus - I’m assuming that buying the box from Roon would simplify installation, updates, functionality etc. But I’ve read several threads on Nucleus failures during or shortly after the warranty period, and even the possibility of a new unit being DOA. I’ve searched the forum but have not found any info on the overall reliability of the Nucleus. Are there any stats on expected life and percent rate of failure?
If I decide to build my own server, any suggestions for hardware? My primary desktop is a 12 year old Ubuntu machine that I built from $350 in parts and and it still runs fine.
I’ve moved your post to the #roon category rather than the #roon-community-site category since you are asking (in effect) what would be best to run the Roon software…
A couple of thoughts, @danny claims that Roon Labs have sold thousands of Nucleus units since their introduction, so failure rates are low. Secondly, if you don’t want to buy a Nucleus, why not build your own, using an Intel NUC and ROCK?
So I’m looking at the NUC11TNHi3 for a small library, but should I go with the 8GB RAM and the 256GB M.2 SSD that they recomend for the large library? Memory is cheap so trying to save a few dollars might not be smart.
I went with the NUC8I7BEH as that was the most powerful NUC Roon had tested at that time. Many newer models to choose from now.
It has been stated that Roon works best with the fastest single core speed over the total number of cores, so a 4 core CPU with 2.7 single core speed would be better than 4, 6 or 8 core CPU with 1.5 single core speed. That could have changed by now but something to keep in mind.
Started out with 16gb (2x8gb) ram and a 1TB SATA internal drive for my library.
After I started purchasing/downloading Multi-channel DSD music files I knew more space would be needed on my internal drive so I upgraded the 1TB to 4TB SSD. And while I had the NUC open to add the 4TB SSD I upgraded the RAM from 16GB to 32GB (2x16gb). Call it overkill, future proofing or whatever but that is where I’m at.
Build for the future if possible vs minimum requirements for now. It’s your choice, whatever is best for you.
Not to sway your opinion, but I’ve got a Nucleus Gen A that’s been running 24/7 for about 5 years. Having said that, if/when I need to replace it I’ll probably build a Rock or go with a third party like a SonicTransporter.
NUC 7i5 short case with library on a cheap USB enclosure SSD. Just keeps ticking. Other than Roon general issues that everyone on every platform has faced or things related to my network, I’ve never had a hiccough. Less expensive. Will take you an hour in 90% of cases, a few hours if you hit a snag no matter how tech phobic you are. People here will help if you ask nicely, and likely will help even if you ask not-that-nicely because we’re understanding about being frustrated. I’m an unabashed booster.
Yeah, I’m also looking at the SonicTransporter, it’s only a few hundred $ more than a NUC, depending on what upgrades you add, and then only a few hundred $ more for the basic Nucleus compared to the SonicTransporter.
I’m looking at a used Boulder Amps 866, and they recommend connecting by ethernet. Do I just connect the SonicTransporter (or the Nucleus) to the same ethernet switch? Or does the amp connect directly to the SonicTransporter (or to the Nucleus).
Sounds like a decent alternative to a Nucleus alright. I was pricing the Mac Mini with RAM and a 2 G Static Hard Drive and found it to be pretty expensive ($1,899.00) before I went with the Nucleus. So far no issues, and it seems fast, zero maintenance, no heat (easy placement and silent), updates itself, immediately just works, and a bit less cash than the Mac Mini I looked at. Having said this, I am sure there must be lessor NUCs available, notwithstanding the ease of ownership of the dedicated Nucleus. Cheers!