Let me add as a footnote in honor of Emo that the Emotiva XPA Gen3 two-channel power amplifier was among the Finalists for the "Budget product of the Year" Award. Personally, I'll just say a well-deserved "Congrats" to the guys at Roon.
Post by Casey Leedom on Nov 21, 2017 1:43:28 GMT -5
And I keep hoping that the new RMC-1 will include some form of built in streaming endpoint so I don't even have to mess with a Raspberry Pi ... Lonnie once said to me in email that he din't think the RMC-1's display would be good enough to display Album Art, etc. and my response was: don't even bother. Roon separates out End Points, Servers, and Controllers. The Controller can display anything you want and is typically an iPad, iPhone, etc. which is full capable of displaying Album Art, Song Lyrics, and all the rest of the Meta Data for which Roon is so famous ...
Yes, I don't want my endpoint to display anything. Indeed, I don't want it to have LED lights indicating power on (I tape over them.) I just want excellent SQ (which, in my opinion, Sonore products provide.)
I would rather have questions that can't be answered than answers that can't be questioned. - Richard Feynman
Post by Casey Leedom on Nov 22, 2017 0:15:38 GMT -5
I'm personally in favor of Emotive not inventing their own Streaming Solution. I just want a coupe of good standard Streaming Clients integrated so I don't have to have yet another dongle, power brick, etc. But, it's not that critical and I can get a Raspberry Pi3 if I have to.
All you do is connect a PC/server to your home network. Then either run a USB/digital cable from any PC/Mac to your XMC1. Or - use a Roon endpoint like the Oppo UDP-203 or 205. Or a Raspberry Pi. ...
Won't work for me since my server is upstairs. I have a 1Gb/s backbone in my house which is the way that the music data (mostly FLAC) is routed to the music client/endpoint. That's why I've been interested in just sticking a 1Gb/s RJ-45 Ethernet into the back of the RMC-1 and be done with it without having to have another box back there with it's crappy little wart power supply.
But, given how cheap things like the Raspberry Pi3 and other solutions like the ODROID-XU4 are, my request to add a streaming endpoint to the RMC-1 simply may not make sense and I'll just have to live with the clutter behind my system.
As for easy solutions for Raspberry Pi/Roon Endpoints, my friend loved the Ropieee solution.
Post by Casey Leedom on Nov 22, 2017 15:17:47 GMT -5
Oh, it's not the cost that bothers me. It's screwing with it at all and having junk cluttering up the rear of my system that's irritating. I spend way more than enough time screwing around with computer stuff at work. The last thing I want to do is more of the same at home. And I have tried mightily to keep the rear of my A/V System as clean as possible, using only shielded cables, etc.