Which Roon Ready NUC should I Buy and Where From

I have a Lyngdorf TDAI 1120 with MH Speakers and BW2 sub woofers, Qobuz and Roon. I have Roon on my PC which is in a different room and it is controlled by my ipad and the TDAI 1120 is connected by ethernet to my network. As well as Qobuz I aloso have a music library on my PC which is about 250gb and I don’t see this increasing a great deal. I want to move away from using my PC and use an NUC instead and, as I am not good with tech, I want the NUC to be Roon ready so all I need to do is plug it in. My questions are:-

Which model NUC do I need to buy

Where can buy it from so that it is Roon ready with all the necessary files and software

Do I connect the TDAI 1120 directly to the NUC or should the NUC be connected to the network via an ethernet cable

Many thanks

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Based on what you are wanting, a NUC is not what you are looking for.

You are describing the Nucleus:


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Then what do people use a NUC for ?

A Nucleus is out of my budget


A not too out of date observation -

Get at least an i5 (most people don’t need an i7), no more than a 256GB M.2 (128GB is enough but they are becoming rarer than hen’s teeth), and (since RAM is cheap) 16 GB of RAM. A NUC in a tall case will let you add an additional SSD for your music files.

Installing ROCK is easy-peasy.

Really any NUC will do for most people, so maybe the cheapest options are the best. Check out the FOR SALE section of the forum for used NUCs.



How precisely would I install whatever needs installing ?

If I wanted to buy new with everything installed where would I go ?

Would the NUC be connected to my Lyngdorf or to the network ?

For general ROCK information:

That would be a Nucleus then, because the ROCK license does not allow random third-parties to sell NUCs with ROCK preinstalled.

The Roon Core, whatever it is, needs to be connected to the network because it’s the brain of Roon. Wired Ethernet is very strongly recommended.

If the Lyngdorf is Roon Ready, then it goes on the network, too. In this case, the Roon Core (NUC with ROCK) does not have to be near the hifi, as long as they are all connected to the same network. You control the ROCK from the Roon app on your PC and phones/tablets

If the Lyngdorf is not Roon Ready and gets its input by USB, the ROCK must be somewhere a USB cable can reach.


Good news it is, see …



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Or an RPi running Roon Bridge and connected to the network, but judging by your posts that maybe out of your wheelhouse.

Still, if you install Ropieee on the RPi, then not so bad.

Food for thought and research. :slightly_smiling_face:


The posts of @carl and I crossed in the Ethernet.

So, one less thing to worry about.


An i3 is fine for most normal libraries it is after all used in the nucleus.
This nuc allows you to put an SSD inside for your music storage.

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True, but for the price difference, it doesn’t hurt to potentially future proof.

I have several NUCs of various vintages and I never buy less than an i5, just on principle.

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Hey Tim, the benefit of building a NUC/ROCK server vs turn key Nucleus +, besides the cost, is that you get to pick what you think are the best internal components available for performance and longevity. The NUC will have the motherboard and CPU then you pick the memory, m.2 ssd drive for Roon os/databse, and SATA drive for your library. It’s not real difficult to build but if you’re not comfortable doing it perhaps you know someone that would build it for you. Everyone has there own valid opinion as to how much CPU power to get in the NUC. For me the I7 is my choice. I’d go higher if I could. Good luck to you.

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I sense some anxiety about building your own server, as did I. Fear not. If you can follow directions (granted, not a universal skill) you can build a server in an hour or less.


Then you need to learn how to pick the parts for a NUC, build it and install ROCK.

Your opening post said you “not good with tech” / just wanted to “plug it in” . Hence, Nucleus.

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One could also buy a finished NUC from people who know what they are doing, like the Cirrus7 Nimbini Pro Edition (fanless and based on NUC12):

The Cirrus7 guys know ROCK and can make recommendations if one does not know what to pick in the online configurator. (Or the forum can - it’s really just a choice between different SSDs and there is not so much in it. The different CPUs are all fine and it only depends on what one wants to spend). I have one and it’s great. They even come with 3 or 5 years warranty as an option.

The one thing they can’t do is preinstall ROCK, but that’s not so hard and the forum can always help.

Financially they are very reasonable and lie somewhere between doing it all by oneself and a Nucleus, depending on the choices


Could do, was not aware of them.
Sound option for someone falling between the two chairs of building a NUC or buying an expensive Nucleus.

Thanks for all the responses. To summarise

A nucleus is out of the question because of cost

Building my own NUC is out of the question because I simply do not have the skill. I would get extremely stressed

Buying something from Cirrus seems like the best option but I would need to see line by line instructions for loading Roon software before I took the plunge. Anyone know where these can be found ?

Hi @Tim_Emptage,

Check out these pages from the Roon Help Centre …


If you want something like a Nucleus but cheaper check out the SonicTransporter I5 from Small Green Computer. Probably twice the price of a NUC but half the price of the Nucleus.


A post was split to a new topic: I’m selling a NUC that might be of interest to you

Putting a NUC together is really easy , there are numerous YouTube videos.

You have to press in 3 - 4 circuit boards , idiot level you can’t get the wrong slots . Then do up the screws

If you get the right reseller they will do it for you and test that it’s working.

Loading the ROCK software is detailed above and is equally simple . I am 73 with very shaky hands and i managed :sunglasses: