I’m currently using roon on a synology 1019+. Performance for general listening can be sluggish. I already have a small SSD for the roon system and library files - the music files are stored on RAID however. And I have 16GB of ram on the NAS. My library is around 1TB and about 50K music files.
I have a few blusound speakers around the house and a hifiberry connected to my main audio receiver. I control everything with iOS devices or the desktop roon software on my MAC.
It looks like the synology’s celron is just a bit underpowered. I could live with it but I want to try a few options.
I have an underused i7-4765T@2Ghz windows machine with an SSD I can experiment with but have a few questions:
Can i install Roon - either windows or ROCK on it and still use my NAS for storing music files? I really like the security and backup features of the NAS. I don’t want to store music on the roon device.
Can I run two ROON servers at once or do I need to shut down the one running on the synology first? I’d like to be able to compare them a bit.
I basically want to see if there’s a big difference with roon running on windows. If not, then eventually I’ll just upgrade the NAS and live with it. Or maybe I’ll buy another NUC and setup a dedicated ROCK device.
Yes. You can set up a Roon server and have it serve up the library on your Synology NAS. I have done this and it works well. However, in my experience, Roon works a bit better when using internal storage.
My current setup is with a Roon ROCK with internal storage. I run Robocopy on my desktop to synchronize the music folder from my NAS to the internal storage on the ROCK.
This gives me the best of both worlds. I get the performance benefits of Roon using internal storage while also having more secure storage for my music collection on the NAS. The NAS also backs up my music collection to the cloud so I have disaster recovery if needed.
The ThinkCentre should be OK, some use them here with ROCK. You need to be able to get the bios to legacy mode, not UEFI. But the only real penalty of running Roon via Windows is having to manage Windows.