Yes, the first step in moving to Roon is to create a Roon Core on a Windows, Mac, or Linux computer, or purchase a dedicated computer such as Roon’s Nucleus or Nucleus Plus. This does not have to be a computer dedicated solely to Roon (I use my MacBook Pro running the Core in the background), but if you have a large library many users tend to created a dedicated Core server.
PS Audio created a great two-part summary of Roon, and part two explains the Core options as well as networking overview:
As you are just starting out, it may be best to use a computer you have and utilize the two-week Roon Trial period to determine if Roon meets your expectations. The Formation Audio and Bluesound devices are Roon Ready, so that is a good set of equipment to ensure things work with Roon.
Roon’s description from their Help Center of what you need for the Core is linked below:
Roon also places a bit more demand on your network, so you may need to check with their best practices to ensure the network does not cause any issues when using Roon:
WiFi is not recommended in general, but improvements in WiFi capabilities have allowed it to be used succesfully (my network is all-WiFi and works fine for Roon).
Thank you Robert, it’s really helpful. My music library is now located inside the Bluesound Vault 2i, does it mean I need to move them to an external drive and plug it to the computer which will be set up as Roon core?