Searching perfect roon core

(Sean) #22

Oh, you never mentioned anything about my case or any case.

You asked “Why the latest generation CPUs, Intel i9 for example are not compatible with Roon?”

Definitely can’t put that CPU in my case :slight_smile:

Anyway, if the DIY option becomes a headache, you have Nucleus Plus and sonicTransporter i7 as great fanless (silent) options.

(Mathieu B) #23

Why ? This cpu is not fanless ? Inappropriate ?

(Sean) #24

The CPU needs to be adequately cooled. Some fanless cases only support max. 65W TDP CPU’s. Some fanless cases supprt max. 95W TDP CPU’s.

You need to look up the specific CPU and find appropriate fanless case.

Unfortunately I don’t have the time to look at every CPU for you, to find a matching case. But a great starting point is looking at the CPU TDP and then looking at what max. TDP different fanless cases support.

If the DIY option becomes a headache, you have Nucleus Plus and sonicTransporter i7 as great fanless (silent) options.

Fanless (silent) can be important if the Roon Core will be in your listening room. If it’s not in your listening room, then maybe the audible noise of fans isn’t as much of a problem (depends on the person how annoying the noise is).

Hope this helps.


Almost any modern processor on the planet can be used to running Roon Core in one way or the other. But the point of using the NUC platform is convenience and the ability to run ROCK as the OS.

A modern generation 7 or 8 i7 NUC is more than powerful enough to run ROCK for years to come. No point in chaising more power than that for a dedicated music server with Roon.

(Bob Fairbairn) #26

It looks like there is some confusion about connectivity. The Ares G2 is Roon Ready with an Ethernet input. If you setup a Roon system the G2 is your endpoint. It would be connected to the local network via Ethernet.

You would then setup your Roon Core device and hook it up to the local network in turn.

Finally the control device is setup such as a iPad.

You will also have to define where your music is stored, etc…

(Bob Fairbairn) #27

Picking a Roon Core machine is an interesting problem. You can buy say a Sonic Transporter or a Roon Labs provided one. There are many others.

You can use a conventional desktop PC or MAC. You can build your own.

There are a lot of variables and some of them may effect sound quality. One example is the PWM fans in some computers add noise. Or the power supplies might effect things. Other issues that people address is operating system adjustments or running dedicated OS variants that help.

In my personal case I have been running a Sonic Transporter that works very nicely. I am playing with Audio-Linux as an OS and have been testing with a Linear Power Supply on the server. All of this has lead me to designing and building my own server. The parts are coming in now and I hope to build it this week. Will it sound better? I hope so! I just do not know till I build it. This is not a commercial venture for me, it is a personal mission.

I get to tinker with hardware and software along with listening to great sounding music. A lot of fun for me. Maybe not so for others.

If you are going to be running Roon with multiple endpoints and DSP make sure you have a reasonably robust server.

Good luck.

(Jonas) #28

Keep us posted on any improvements and experiences!

(Mathieu B) #29

I do not know if I’m right but I have the impression that the server wyred 4 sound ms is more powerful than nucleus + and sonictransporter i7, right?
so it would be more appropriate for me if i want to upsampler all streams in dsd, correct?

(Peter Lie) #30

Any current NUC i7 should be able to upsample to DSD. Just need to turn on Parallelize Sigma Delta Modulator. Get a fanless build or case if you decide to buy a NUC.

I suppose the other mentioned alternatives (at different price points) should work well too. If you decide to buy the $3999 option I’d be interested to read about your experience with it.