I’m hooked on Roon and have already invested in a NUC8I7BEH/Rock setup, mentioned elsewhere on this site, with Tidal and Qobuz. Currently in the trial period but will be going for the lifetime subscription.
My home surround system, Denon 8500H and OPPO 205, has multiple options for the setup. Have tried Denon Airplay, OPPO Roon Ready via Ethernet, and now with Rock I’m trying HDMI. Obviously with HDMI we can use Denon or OPPO and I’ve sampled both. The OPPO has multi-channel 7.1 analog and HDMI connections to the receiver, high quality DAC’s, but requires and additional step to pick HDMI IN for the connection. Only mentioned that because I need ease of use for the family but personally want the highest quality sound. Use my PC/Roon in the master. Plan to get a better player for the master and add players in the kitchen/dining area and hopefully my shop.
On to the questions. What is the best connection for sound quality with our surround system, Roon Ready with OPPO, HDMI with OPPO, HDMI with Denon, or does it matter.
Can I use an HDMI splitter from the NUC to both devices, without affecting the signal quality, and use either one without switching the cable. I believe the device setup would be identical with 192, MQA and 7.1.