I raised this discussion earlier under a similar title, but I’d like to revisit this in a new context. Based on all the discussion on ROCK, I built a stand-alone fanless ROCK with external linear power supply, and it drives my USB DAC directly. I got a response by Danny (COO of Roon) that this should be fine. Now somebody pointed me to Roon Knowledge Base about the Sound Quality, where it says “Rule 1: Core and Output on separate devices” (https://kb.roonlabs.com/Sound_Quality).
Now I am perplexed. Should I reconfigure my system to decouple my DAC from ROCK and get another stand-alone Roon bridge? Given that I have another MacPro that runs the TV and Roon controller software as a client, should I convert it back to the Roon core, and make my current NUC as a Roon bridge (how do I do that)? Or should I just forget all that and enjoy as it is?