I am total new and have not started to use Roon. I will get my Auralic Aries today and will connect that to my Burmester DAC. But there is one thing I do not find an answer to in the forum.
If I use my iMac as core. Must the iMac then be turned on all the time (24/7) Or can I put it to sleep and still use the iPad with out any problems. I have all my music on a Netgear Ready NAS. I have no music on my IMac.
If there is other ways to implement Roon that you recommend then I will be very happy to know about it.
Where ever your core is located needs to be on whenever you want to access it. You can try wake on network activity. I can’t say I have any experience in using that though as I run a headless mac mini with all power savings and sleep disabled.
On a secondary note. It might get annoying when the imac screen keeps turning on whenever something tries to talk to it.
Thank you for the fast answer. This means that the best way is to get a Mac Mini and install the core on that computer? Or is it recommended to install it on a NAS. And if so do you have any recommendations?
That is just the way I set it up, there are many ways to solve your issue. You can set it up on a mac mini, I use it for other things too like my iTunes library. It all depends on your budget and technical expertise. If your familiar with screen sharing on OSX it should be easy to remote control a mac mini without a screen keyboard or mouse.
Just to clarify are you saying that you want to run roon on a computer and output the music to your iPad ?
I have a mid-2011 i5-based Mac mini, and I upsample everything (in Roon) to DSD256 (7th-order CLANS). That’s all the DSP I do, and I currently have only one zone playing at a time. Processing speed typically is around 2.8x–2.9x. I found that running Roon Server rather than full-on Roon made a big difference in terms of available resources on the mini.
When deciding on what kind of machine you need to run Roon core, I think it’s important to identify what you expect to be doing in terms of number of zones and DSP.
I think the 2011 i5 Mini has a better chip than the 2014 Mini. Nonetheless, after reading your comments, I rechecked my DSP engine. I don’t know if you have this switch set, but I turned on ‘parallelize sigma delta modulator’. That made a big difference. Now, DSD256 processes at 3.7, which is acceptable. DSD512 can only get 1.7, which results in unacceptable dropouts.
I have 5 endpoints, but I only use 1 at a time. I don’t use the Mini as an endpoint, only core and control. I have an dual XEON motherboard which I have yet to fool with. Once that’s running the core, the Mini, as far as Roon is concerned, with be relegated to control only.
I stand by my original statement. If one is buying a Mini new, for the pittance in cost between an i5 and an i7, get the i7. If one can exit the macOS eco-system, a brand new Kaby Lake i7 NUC comes in at about half the price of a Mini.
Hi all. A little left of centre from this topic but hopefully relevant. Should I, based upon the comments about the mac mini and using it as the core for Roon, use my Aries Mini as the core for Roon? All my music is stored on the 1TB internal hard drive on the Aries mini. I have it (ROON) installed on my mac book pro at this point and it is not reading the files on my aries. Any advice would be appreciated.
The Aries Mini cannot be used as the Roon Core. It has a ARM based CPU the Roon Core can only be run on Intel processors.
You might be able to point the music on the Aries mini which is exposed as a network share.
But it is really bad idea because you will create more load on the processor in the mini.
It is better to either move the music to the MAC or buy a external USB case for the hard drive in the mini and connect it to the MAC.