I’m a very new Roon subscriber and am having so much fun with this! I’m currently running my Roon Core on a desktop i5 Win10 pro unit which is also my living room general purpose PC for browsing, streaming Netflix etc. I understand from the info on the site and forum that this is not the optimum solution due to background processes etc. I am a single room user currently and the Core will be in the same living room room, 3m from my listening position.
I’m thinking about putting my Roon Core on a new separate machine. Nucleus is out of my budget. I have a small library of 5k tracks and am trialling Tidal & Qobuz. I intend to use room correction like HAF or REW via Roon if possible and maybe try upsampling as well.
My rig will be new Roon machine ->ethernet cable to Orbi mesh router, -> streamer (TBD) -> wired USB or SPIF ->DAC (likely Yggdrasil or Gugnir currently Chifi SMSL M8A) -> Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum 2 -> KEF LS50 & dual REL T9i subs. Control via iPad.
Should I go for ROCK on an i7 NUC? (Issues with fan noise? Fanless i7 NUC cooling issues? Convolution filters?)
Should I use instead a small form factor i7 pc (fanless? quiet fan?)
My son will build whatever I need for me. I won’t use a 2nd hand old Mac mini as I don’t want lack of software support issues down the road. I have average mac/pc software abilities. Zero Linux skills.
Whatever I choose needs to have high WAF as my rig is pretty much in the focal point of my living room and I don’t want to be unfair to my very supportive Mrs.
If anything is unclear please let me know and thank you for having such an amazingly vibrant and supportive community.