What kind of quality can I expect using Roon via the headphone port on an Intel NUC?
Some previous discussions on the same:
A couple hundred dollar dac would work.
Audioquest Dragonfly Red will cure your ills
My exact thoughts to myself when I tried it last week was “would work for conference calls … that’s it”. Music was flat, lifeless, unengaging.
Vs. The full fidelity you expect when the NUC streams over USB plugged into two small compact dac/amps, my Massdrop Grace M9XX or Mojo. The beauty of the former is it sits perfectly on top of the NUC making for a fantastic little modular system. Not a perfect square, but close enough. If you’re not a massdrop member, Grace now sells it as the M900.