I never usually reply to blogs like this. So this is a significant exception. Simple is better, and I’m not a W10 fan. It has serious DSP hazards unknown to many, and used by others to tweek sound without full disclosure. It has vast video, mpeg decompression and audio manipulation built in with PC’s capable to use them. Not NUCversent.
Without telling you how many different systems I’ve been through for the best digital streaming service and MQA using TIDAL, I ended up with a Mac Pro, 12 cores, and all the other good stuff. That goes to a Brooklyn plus one DAC. USB.
At the same time ROON allows me to run an optical output to a smaller Grace DAC unit (which sounds excellent) while paralleling the fiber output to an M 900 TC electronics monitor. I’m an audio engineer so I don’t do anything without visual monitoring. This allows me to visually see if the content from TIDAL and if output from the ROON CORE is violating input standards to the DAC.
- overloading the input’ to DAC - an infrequent but untrivial issue.
- Viewing the poorly recorded or converted content to adjust systems
- Viewing wide spectrum sound content to avoid analog overload (blown speakers. )
- Viewing stereo channel relationships ( separation) directly
- Verifying ROON playing - again, infrequent but… you get it
p.s. I’m driving 3 sets of big Maggie’s flown on light-truss, 9 cubic Ft of dual bass drivers, 2000+ Watt’s, with a Backert labs Rhythm 1.3 vacuum pre.
No Hum. No static. No hiss. No noise. 0. At MAX.
The room rocks!
And…no medical grade noise reducers, Low frequency earth tremor demodulators and definitely no gemstones, no brass weights and definitely no “still(theykeeprippingmeoff)points.”