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This Nucleus is a great, easily connected piece of hardware. The sound of music, when the Nucleus is connected via Ethernet to the Router and then via USB to my McIntosh Receiver, is delightful! Perfect!
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!
I had been using a MacBook Air as a Roon core but decided to splurge on this purpose built Roon device because I got tired of always having to play around with my Mac's settings when there was either an Apple or Roon update. With the Nucleus, I never have to think about updates because they're downloaded automatically without any input from me. I like that because although I've been an audiophile for decades, I am digitally challenged.
I could have spent less and but my own "nucleus" but that would have had a fan, hence noise. It would have had flashing lights to annoy me. It would not have any support. I am so happy I spent the money for the Nucelus as it has been astounding and allows me to run it right to my USB dac inside of my Vinnie R Rossi L2i SE. This sounds better than when I had a $5k streamer setup and is so much faster, simpler and rock solid. I use ROON of course and if you go that route, this is a MUST! Hassle free, auto updates when needed, silent as a sleeping mouse, fast operation, and allows me to stream Tidal and Qobuz direct from ROON with speed and zero issues. Allowed me to sell my streamer and put money back in my pocket as well. Again, if you have a USB DAC this is a streamer as well, and a VERY NICE ONE when it comes to sound quality. Five stars all the way and WELL worth the cost in this crazy world of High end audio.
Bought a Trinnov Altitude 16 and discovered the "Roon" feature I had not been familiar with at the time. While I love Apple for what they did with iTunes, over time I think they just messed it up. Along with friends, I have come hate Apple Music and was so glad to dump it. Fortunately, the weeks and weeks of burning my CD-based music and previous HD Track purchases were easy to import to the new system. I popped a good-sized SSD drive into the Nucleus and also attached a external SSD drive with all of my legacy music. The Nucleus simply does what my older MacBook Pro laptop did as well and is quiet and runs cool. Now with Roon and Tidal, I find I'm listening to more music and appreciate the CD or higher resolution music Tidal offers. Now I have great audio to integrate with probably the best pre/pro money can buy in the Altitude.
This is a good product, I am pretty sure. However, it is way too overpriced for what it can do. If you are ok with building a computer, you can purchase an Intel NUC and install the ROCK software into the NUC. 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.