First of all, this is not a criticism of any of the components I mention, everything works great. It’s just another installment in my concern that this stuff will never be mainstream until we simplify.
So I just got my Sonicorbiter SE, the little cube is so tiny I giggle every time I see it. So I relocated my Eero wifi access point (I have written about the awesome Eero) to enable pulling an Ethernet cable, plugged in the Sonicorbiter, plugged the Geek Pulse into the USB port, turned everything on, looked in Roon – and nothing. Dang.
There are a lot of boxes: Eero, SOSE, Geek Pulse, Geek LPS (power supply and also cleanses the USB signal), Roon itself. Something is wrong, I have to troubleshoot. Turns out it was a matter of startup sequencing: the Geek LPS has to be started before the Geek Pulse, otherwise the driver in the SOSE doesn’t see it, and if the SOSE doesn’t have a DAC Roon doesn’t care about it.
Not a tough problem, and eventually everything works great.
And it isn’t really a bug anywhere, each box behaves reasonably, if perhaps a little picky.
But the end result is that I hesitate to recommend this (awesome!) configuration to mainstream music lovers.