|Item Weight||3.2 Kilograms|
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- A turn-key Roon Core that does not require a Mac, PC, or NAS
- Streams music to Sonos, AirPlay, Chromecast, Roon Ready, Roon Tested, HDMI, USB, and many other audio devices
- Tidal and Qobuz integration
- Computing power to support Roons requirements now and in the future
- Access your Nucleus from any Roon Remote on iPad, iPhone, macOS, Android, and Window. Does not include Hard Drive
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Nucleus is the center of your Roon music system. It’s the housekeeper, the traffic cop, and the brain that takes care of the music in your life. Using Nucleus, Roon manages all your music – on hard drives, NAS, and streaming content – and allows you to play it on all the audio devices around your home. Nucleus is the best way to run Roon, at any price. Just plug Nucleus into your network, connect your hard drives, download Roon remote apps (iOS, Android, macOS, Windows) and you’ll be ready to play music using a wide variety of audio devices, including AirPlay, Sonos, Roon Ready, Devialet, KEF, Meridian, Squeezebox, and a huge variety of USB DACs. Aside from being a powerful, fanless music server, what sets Nucleus apart is that it’s powered by Roon OS – a fast and lightweight operating system optimized to do just one thing: browse and play music. Roon is a multi-room, multi-user networked audio platform built to the exacting standards of audiophiles, so it offers features like bit-perfect playback, DSD and PCM upsampling, multichannel playback, and signal path display.
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It’s a lovely piece of hardware. And this old lady even managed to install the SSD inside it. In addition to connecting everything up.
Haven’t done it yet but I have an external CD drive which can connect to the Nucleus as well - for ripping our CD collection. And then I can play that directly using the Nucleus and Roon software which will catalogue everything for me.
UPDATE (4/25/2020): The device has stopped working today. Cannot connect to the internet, except briefly, if I plug and unplug. I’ve tried everything.
UPDATE (4/27/2020): There was an almost immediate email response when I notified the seller of my problems - on a Sunday! With a promise to assist me. If necessary with paying for shipment back to them, repair or replacement included (as it’s still under warranty). That is a great comfort to this old lady (Luddite). Though I will also praise the Roon Community which tried to help as well yesterday.
This is the amazing thing about Roon. If you buy this product you have backup. And wonderful ordinary citizens around the world!
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As another reviewer pointed out, apparently you can connect a Nucleus directly to a DAC and use it as a streamer; I never bothered trying that under the assumption its NUC's USB would simply be too noisy from crosstalk. While I can't definitively declare noise (folks' power "cleanliness" differs, after all) my guess is that if the possibility of such distortion doesn't bother you, a wee bit of fan noise (if any at all!) from a NUC with ROCK installed on it shouldn't bother you either. As such, I still stand by my recommendation to get a suitable NUC, install ROCK, and save a ton of cash.
Lastly, I figured it might be useful to mention what I ultimately went with (after gratefully returning my Nucleus): NUC 8 i7 (with ROCK) in an HDPlex fanless case. I use it as a streamer by way of an independently powered Matrix Audio "Element H". And for what it's worth, I am not employed or associated in any way with any of those vendors.
The total cost of that entire project is around $500 (assuming you buy everything new).
If you are more diligent, you can search around eBay for a used NUC for under $300. That will also be qualified as a Roon server.
No need to spend over $1000 for a Nucleus even if you are rich. Just my 2 cents.