I’m currently using Roon + Tidal + Qobuz + HDD from a older but well-spec’ed laptop, and streaming this to a couple of RPi-4Bs using RoPieee (I’ve also tried Audirvana, Silent Angel VitOS, and Volumio, and I am running a piCorePlayer/LMS/Squeezelite setup - I’m exploring).
I would like to completely off-load all the streaming from my laptop, which is a pretty busy daily-driver, to a dedicated set up. Just a box, sitting somewhere, all on it’s own, streaming media.
What do I need? What are the pieces and parts? And how does this get done as cost-effectively as possible. As I understand it, an RPi-4B isn’t enough to run a Roon Core?
I’ve looked at NAS and Intel iCore processor NUC options. I’ve perused inexpensive, used, small desktop computers.
Would just some Intel i3, i5, or i7 NUC - or equivalent - with an attached hard drive do it? Just install Roon Core on this, stream it to the RPis, and all is good to go?