What DAC do you use with Roon? Please list make and model (and price if you feel like adding it) [2021-04]

Hi all,

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Thanks for your continuing contributions, please continue showing (off) those systems !

OK, seems like a good time to jump in. I decided it was time for a good quality DAC component after using Roon with my Denon receiver and OPPO 205 player for almost 2 years. Wanted multi-channel so I went with the new exaSound S88 bundle with the Teddy Pardo Linear power supply. DSD 256 MC and DSD 512 Stereo. Best sound I’ve heard from my system.

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SMSL M6 Mini DAC (2016) - £110
Cambridge Audio StreamMagic 6 V2 (2014) - £799

Very slick. I didn’t know such a thing existed. Will Roon pass the multi channel info to the DAC? For some reason I thought I read Roon did not do multi channel…but I have no idea why that was in my head.

I’ve got a handful of multi channel rips on my NAS and have to use the clunky Oppo-203 interface to play them so I rarely do.

How long have you had it, if short time please give impressions again once you have had time to acclimate with it.

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Yes the S88 streams 8 channels over the LAN, also via USB but I haven’t tried that yet. Had it for a week and use it 3 - 4 hours every day. Or as many as I can get away with. The Roon Ready LAN interface works perfectly so I haven’t felt the need to try USB yet. I’ve queued up MC DSD 5.0 and 5.1, MC flac 5.1 and 2 channel Flac files at one time and played it all the way through. It switches formats, DSD to Flac and back again without any hesitation. That is what I wanted, and I waited a long time to get one.

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Roon Nucleus —> Topping D90 (MQA-capable version - $799)

Setup 1:
Trinnov Altitude32-1632 with optional 3D codec pack (26950 EUR)

Setup 2:
Matrix Audio Element X (3300 EUR)

Setup 3:
Schiit Yggdrasil (with Moon MiND2 Network Player) (2590 EUR + 2500 EUR)

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Holo Audio May (level 3) ← 1.536Mhz PCM from HQPe

Formerly PS Audio Directstream with XS4400 transformers and Farad Super 3 analog power supply mods.

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Setup 1: ARCAM ST60 Streamer ($1500)

Setup 2: Matrix mini-i Pro 3 ($1025) and Apogee Quartet ($1475)

Setup 3: Pro-Ject Stream Box S2 Ultra + Pre Box S2 Digital ($1250)

Lumin D2

Roon ready
MQA

$3000 Canadian

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RME ADI-2 DAC FS (priceless)

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I use Wyred 4 sound DAC1 amazing with Wyred 4 sound amplifier ST integrated.
Amazing combo and American made.
Amr
Australia

I use a Rock into a Krell vanguard dac streamer

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Devialet Expert 220 Pro

Intel NUC → SOtM SMS-200 → Daart Aquila DAC

Cocktail Audio N25

Roon endpoint
MQA
€ 1.099 in the Netherlands

iMac → Auralic Aries Mini → Chord Mojo

For me, a benchmark DAC3HGC.
£2400

NAD M33 built in DAC.

AudioQuest Niagara 1200 • Cambridge Audio CXC • JKE Hifi Plasma Grade Digital • Mac Mini i7 Roon Server • AudioQuest JitterBug • Blue Jeans Cable Cat 6A • Pink Faun LAN noise isolator • Naim Uniti Atom • Canare L-4E6S • Purifi EVAL1 • AudioQuest Castle Rock • Dynaudio Contour S 3.4 LE • IsoAcoustics Gaia II isolators • ArtSpeak netsnoeren • TIDAL

Where the Naim Atom acts as pre-amp and Roon endpoint. Works like a breeze and love the sound. Paid 2250 Euro for the Atom some years back.