I am looking to upgrade from an old Synology RS812 that has soldiered on well past its sell by date with a view to use it as a Roon Core.
The problem as with almost every Synology NAS is the woefully underpowered CPU usually some flavour of Marvell or Intel Atom.
As I want to keep the 1U rack mount format I noticed the RS1619XS+ although a lot more than I wanted to pay seems to fit the bill with an Intel Xeon D-1527 processor and decent memory expansion.
It can also take M.2 SSD but I believe that can only be used for cache?
So…how best to configure the Synology to accommodate Roon?
As it is a 4-bay should I use one slot for a Samsung 2TB SSD purely for Roon for example leaving the remaining 3 slots for spinners to do the rest of the tasks that I need the NAS to perform?
Can I put my music library (currently 12,500 tracks) onto the same SSD or should that be on a separate disc/partition etc?
Any hints/tips would be much appreciated as although I have 30+ years in IT I am very much a newbie when it comes to Roon.
Also thinking of going Bluesound Vault 2i to ‘upgrade’ my library to an uncompressed format rather than the current 192kbps .mp3 that resides on my RS812 to feed my multiroom Sonos (for as long as they all work together as I have 4 legacy devices out of 7 zones) and use with my Marantz SR8012 with built-in HEOS setup.
Just keeping my options open as looking to minimise my exposure to Sonos based on the latest revelations from the company.
Any hints, tips, ideas etc. would be most welcome.
Thanks & kind regards,