A few questions I had were -
1.How much space would be required on my Boot Drive to store Roon and it’s metadata library? I have about 27000 songs i.e. about 360 GB , half of it MP3’s , the other half CD rips in ALAC, as well as 16 bit FLACs bought elsewhere.
Do consider that my SSD boot drive is only 128 gigs and never has more than 10 gigs free , owing to my architectural softwares installed on the same drive.
How much am I losing out on by having the core and endpoint in the same machine? I know about the concept of electrical noise and jitter , and I’ve had an AudioQuest JitterBug for the last couple of years to combat the same.
Does the metadata get embedded permanently into the track files , or do I have to manually update the same on iTunes to sync music to my iPhone ?
How to use my iPhone XR as an endpoint ?
Best settings for an AQ Dragonfly Black on Roon?
I have a 2005 Bose Lifestyle system as well. Will Roon recognize it as an endpoint and give me settings for the same?
Thanks in advance , for anyone with answers or even just suggestions and opinions.
For starting out and evaluating Roon, connecting to your laptop will be fine, especially if you use a jitterbug with Dragonfly DAC.
I didn’t see you mention the speakers, but in the long term, there are sonic benefits to using the laptop as the core and having an endpoint.
The laptop isn’t just electrically noisy, but once the fan kicks in, physically noisy as well. An endpoint allows you to keep the core in another room where it can make as much noise as it wants.
The good news is, an endpoint doesn’t need to be expensive. A Raspberry Pi can handle this well for you initially at only $35. You’ll need a case and a power supply, I got my case on eBay for around $4. A good power supply helps, the iFi iPower is used a lot, but costs more than the Pi. Other USB chargers can be used.
You then need an operating system, easiest way is to use Ropieee. Once installed and activated and connected to the same network as your laptop, it will show up as an endpoint. You then connect your dragonfly and jitterbug into that.
Aside from that, controlling Roon is best done using a phone or preferably a tablet. I use an Amazon fire hd8 as a low cost option.
I have almost the same setup (minus the Bose speakers) and it works great BUT I recently flahed a rasberry pi to ise as an endpoint and the system sounded 10% better. Last week I purchaed a used Allo USBridge on this forum and the improvement was a full 20%.
Just download the Roon app and your iPhone should show up in the audio settings.
My NUC has a 128GB SSD, 114GB are left for database and settings and only 4.5GB are used (Library holds about 34.000 tracks in ALAC ~1TB). You can also upgrade your Dell’s SSD for a few bucks.
When you embed metadata outside of iTunes, iTunes won’t recognize it and you need some tools/scripts to resync the library.
I’m wondering whether Roon is so intensive on the CPU that it will kick the fans into gear on playback.
Also , I noted your points on a cheap and effective endpoint system.
I just need to get familiar with Roon for a few weeks and then see if it is worth further investment.
Okay that gives me hope that I can manage with the storage I have .
I would upgrade the SSD but that would require me to reinstall windows , every other application or software not to mention backing up everything precisely. And that sounds like a huge pain tbh.
Let me update you once Roon is done analyzing and backing up all the metadata into my SSD.
You mentioned using the iPhone.
This is an endpoint, and it is separated from the Core, you can have it in a separate room, gives you all the goodness. You just need an Apple Lightning-to-USB connector, I use a Dragonfly like that with headphones.
Works great as long as you have stable WiFi. Some people argue about sound quality of wired vs. WiFi, I recommend not worrying about it, WiFi works or it doesn’t, if it’s stable the sound is good. And remember, this eliminates all the concern about noise from power supplies which is another thing people worry about, it’s all battery powered.