Post by DYohn on Dec 10, 2020 17:42:42 GMT -5
And you're right. The Roon nucleus' lack of internal DAC and streamer functionality is an integral part of the design. I only consider it a limitation because I want it do more than it was designed to do. This isn't the fault of Roon, but only the wishlist of a (single) potential customer. So no formal review that I wrote would actually call the Roon nucleus' design a "limitation."
Moving away from the Roon nucleus now - If I were a designer, what features would I want?
A device that could access media (like the Roon nucleus) from both the local network and the internet. The "streamer card" would use open architecture & include all the functionality of the nucleus.
The device would have a modular stereo (or multi-channel) DAC (with open architecture, in hopes of becoming a standard) that could be user-upgraded by third parties.
The device would have a modular preamp (again - like the above)
And the device would have a modular power amp and power supply (like the above)
Multichannel? Add more power supplies to the bus and plug in more amp cards (like Emotiva)
This would be an all-in-one device that could be as simple or as complex as the customer wanted. It could also "grow" with the user's system.
Of course, the economics of this just aren't there or someone would already have made one. But I can wish...
Cheers - Glenn
Meridian used to make systems like that. They were (and still are) quite expensive. But if you want a one-stop-solution I suggest checking their web sites.