At present being new to Roon I went the cheaper route to see how I liked it and how things progressed.
Simple clean slate start Dell i5 laptop running Win10 and Roon Core only connected directly to my router by short cat8 cable.
Picks up both my Chromecast units and microrendu bridge feeding mhdt dac.
Pretty happy with the whole experience tbh.
I have approx. 7000 albums on a 4tb USB hard drive connected directly to the Dell laptop.
My question is would a Roon Nucleus be a step upwards or just sideways as far as SQ, speed etc.
If I went this route I would likely place the Nucleus directly in my main system rack right next to the DAC, connected to ethernet from the switch in there so dispensing with the microrendu and feeding the DAC direct from its usb output. Also connect the 4tb USB hdd direct to the Nucleus.
So see any flaws in my thinking or better advice?
Many thanks to a newbie so be gentle!