I got myself a QNAP TS-253D from Black Friday offer with 250gb SSD as system drive and 4TB HDD for storage. I do up I’ve been thinking about moving my core from my PC (midrange gaming PC) to dedicated device for a while. I also want to run Plex server on the same device so I ended up with QNAP which is capable of doing both, instead of NUC with Rock.
Anyway, just wanted to report that installation was quick and easy, everything works flawlessly. Though I did end up upgrading the stock 4gb of memory to 8gb for some headroom. I guess the Intel Celeron J4125 Quad Core processor has plenty enough power for Roon core. Processor load is between 2-5% when playing music. Scrolling through my ~3500 album library is smooth and quick. I don’t use any DSP-functions, just stream bit perfect signal to my Linn ADSM. It sounds great, no difference compared to my old solution.
Only problem seems to be that Roon core doesn’t automatically detect new albums added to the library. I need to do manual rescan every time I add something. I read elsewhere that this is a problem between NAS-storages and the most recent Roon core version and is investigated by Roon atm. I hope they are able fix it soon.