Not really sure on the reason for connecting these three to your Core, but i would likely use Ethernet as a carrier and deploy the DAC’s where they are determined to be used. A simple NanoPi NEO or Raspberry Pi with a simple linear power supply could be used as a low cost, high performance transport for each DAC. Giving the option of naming these properly and managing them efficiently separately. I’d even wager that three DACs on a single computers USB host bus will not sound very good… There’ll be latency and timing issues…
But, regarding your problem i’d first look in the MacOS Audio-settings to try and figure out if they are identified separately by the Mac?
Not yet Wes, I contacted Chord and they tried adding 3 of the same DACs and said the also couldn’t be recognized separately by Roon when connected to a Mac Mini. The reason I want do this is I have 3 audio zones of inwall speakers I am trying to control separately.
Thanks Wes, this is very informative. Can a Mac mini running Mac OS X, act as a “Roon Bridge capable device”? Can all 3 Chord Qutests be plugged into the Mac mini, or would I need to connect the three Chord Qutests to 3 separate “Roon Bridge capable devices”? Could you describe the setup in a little more detail? Thank you!
He’s basically suggesting the same thing as i did previously. A Raspberry Pi for each endpoint will solve your issue, as they are RAAT endpoints which will allow the Qutests to be identified properly and individually.
Just google “raspberry pi roon bridge” or visit ropieee.org
Technically, you’d only need two bridge devices since Roon would see one Chord unit if the other two are bridged. With two units bridged and one connected directly, Roon would see those two bridges as a unique device and the remaining Chord as well. It looks like @Mikael_Ollars and I are on the same page!