First and foremost, Roon is great! Really like it so far.
I have a general question with respect to my Roon setup. Currently the Roon core is located on my iMac (i7, 40GB RAM, late 2017). At the endpoint side I am using a Cocktail Audio X50 (wired network) that is hooked to a Rotel-1592 via USB-Audio out (amp with integrated USB-DAC).
This is a rather good sounding setup. However, I have some questions:
It seems that the X50 has full MQA-support; however, when playing 96kHz MQA music from Tidal, the Rotel only show 48kHz. Is this meant to be, when the decoding is done by the X50?
What functionality would I loose when I hook the iMac directly to the Rotel-1592 (via USB)? Can I then still use MQA? Will there be a general loss in sound quality? I am not sure what the X50 is doing in my current setup, since it does not function as a DAC. It came to my mind that I do not need it at all.
Sorry for these questions, but sometimes I am a bit confused by all zhis Roon/DAC/MQA stuff.
Would be nice if someone could help me out on this.