My first time here, so apologies if this has already been mentioned thousands of times? But looking to bow to forum members’ knowledge on this… Little bit of a story to set the background; please bear with me.
So I’m an Apple fan - so I’ve been locked into iTunes for as long as I can remember. Then I got into listening to music in flac - and that was a lightbulb moment; suddenly the 50k+ items in iTunes ripped at 320kbps sounded crap in comparison.
So now the mission was accepted - to try and replace those iTunes albums for flac versions. (Have been sidetracked a bit by the quality of the files I’m getting; so lossless has opened up different genres to me that ordinarily, I wouldn’t listen to). Purchased an iBasso DX220 DAP (w/ AMP7), so I could listen privately.
Then introduced to Roon (2 month trial)… another lightbulb moment! Even more discovery and sidetracking going on now!
I’m using my iMac as the core and pointed Roon to a folder where I keep all the lossless files I’ve ripped/collected - as I want to keep it completely separate from the iTunes stuff.
Q1. What would be the benefit of buying a cheap Intel NUC to permanently ‘host’ this lossless folder - rather than just using my iMac.
Q2. If I went with the NUC option, would sound quality be improved? As I’d only be connecting to it over the network via another device, eg. AppleTV, iMac, iPad, (maybe Roon Speakers later).
Q3. My lossless library is less than 500GB at present. Would any Intel NUC suffice? Or can you recommend a particular model for my needs?
That’s all I wanted to know; thanks so much for your help!