Hi everyone, I have my Mytek Brooklyn Bridge bundled with 1-year ROON subscription free. The subscription renewal is due in May. The perpetual license price went up but is not as yet a deal breaker. How to say? Due to the price change I am more actively looking for alternatives.
This is my first streaming system, I can’t tell it is better comparing others, it is good sounding. ROON runs on ROCK on a fan-less Intel NUC. Streams over Ethernet to the Brooklyn Bridge. Streams over USB directly from the NUC did not sound good, may be due to noise and clock. Local FLACs and Tidal are the main source. Some MQA tracks on Tidal sound great. For FLACs, I play them mostly with upsampling to 24-bit and 176.4/192kHz depending on the original sampling rate. Good sounding to me. Upsampling does give improvements on my system with CD ripped FLACs in the highs and especially for sibilance.
I am searching for software or hardware alternatives, comparing to the perpetual ROON price. I need your help.
I like ROON because it rips my CD and has the upsampling feature. I do not like ROON because it has rather weak metadata for my CD ripped files.
I saw streamers such as the MELCO N100 that rips CD when you attach an external ROM drive which I already have for ROON, and the product integrates with gracenote (which seems to be the best possible metadata provider), the cost is acceptable given I will sell the fan-less Intel NUC, but it does no upsampling.
The other option I looked at is the Auralic Areis G2, it integrates with gracenote but for album arts, not sure it rips CD so I would still have to have another workflow to get FLACs, and to get the metadata right from my CDs. It does upsampling, but the cost of it would be an investment.
In terms of software alternatives, I looked at Audiravana, Daphile, and some other headless Linux based options. My concern is to configure them to sound good, sometimes options and different terminologies are overwhelming. In that sense ROON did a great.
What would be your thoughts?