I too am rather surprised at the pricing, especially the Nucleus+ at USD2000. For comparison, I’m looking at the Cirrus7 Nimbus v2 configured as follows: Intel i7-7700T, Extreme Cooling Edition (more passive-cooling fins, I think, given that the i7-7700T has 35W TDP), 8 GB DDR4 2133 MHz RAM, Samsung M.2 850 EVO 120 GB SSD (for the OS and, say, Roon), Samsung 850 Pro 1 TB SSD (for the music itself). This prices out at 1525.00 Euros, including 243.49 Euros VAT. If a buyer is in the US (ie, outside the EU), one hopes the VAT would be dropped, yielding 1281.51 Euros, or about USD1435.00. Of course, there’s shipping, and there might be customs duties. But even with those latter two, the Nucleus+ seems dear.
I should add that I already have a Roon perpetual license. But Danny says that the Nucleus+ does not include a license, so I am looking simply at USD2000 for the Nucleus+ versus USD1435 (plus shipping and duties).
For me, there are several big question marks. 1) Shipping and duties, as noted. 2) Quality of the Nucleus+ power supply (contribution to a quiet audio environment). 3) Quality of the heat dissipation in the Nucleus+ versus heat dissipation in the Cirrus7: The CPUs would consume a fair amount of power. (What’s the CPU that the Nucleus+ uses, and therefore what is the TDP?)