I’m new-ish to Roon but absolutely love it. At present I just use it on my 2014 5K iMac, which acts as my Core. It has some very old digital files that need re-ripping from CD (I got my first iPod in 2003) and I link to my Tidal subscription.
However in the last few months, thanks to Cambridge Audio making my 851N Roon Ready, and our moving house leading to the purchase of a few Sonos speakers, I’m looking to potentially set-up a Roon Core Server independent of my iMac. I have also realised that I never ripped about 70% of my CD collection, and would like to find a system that lets me do that direct to a server.
For info my system is:
iMac connected to Project Pre Box S2 Digital to Ruark Mr1 Mk2
Cambridge Audio 851N (Roon Ready) connected by ethernet (plus 851A, Aeromax 6 speakers)
Sony Bravia TV Chromecast enabled
Bedrooms: Sonos 1 speakers
What’s the best way for me to have a server to access Roon and all my music that’s always on? Ideally I’d like to rip my whole CD collection (4-500 CDs) to act as my new enhanced Core library. I’ve been looking at the Innuos Zen Mk3, and it seems to be perfect, but would this be overkill for what I’m looking for? Or would it be better to rip via my iMac and then move the files to a central server that’s cheaper? Due to a newborn I don’t have much capacity to build something from scratch, and I’ve had bad experiences with NAS drives failing in the past.
Any advice would be appreciated!