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Hands On: Roon Labs Nucleus+ is Flexible, Easy to Use Whole-House Audio Server

The $2,498 Roon Labs’ Nucleus+ whole-house audio server allows integrators to mix-and-match audio components without losing performance or functionality.

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Posted by SpivR on March 6, 2019

I’m sorry, but I’m having a hard time understanding the functionality provided by this product and the value.

If I understand correctly, this is hardened x86 PC with proprietary streaming software, but I still need audio distribution hardware and a music subscription to the Tidal service?

Most audio distribution/amplifier systems such as Sonos, C4, Savant, Crestron, etc. also include streaming servers, so this seems redundant and unnecessary.

Further, at the low to mid range, Apple AirPlay 2 and Google Chromecast, which are becoming “table stakes” for all smart speakers, amplifiers, and audio distribution systems enable this capability themselves.

Not trying to be snarky, but what am I missing here?

Posted by TheDarkKnight on March 6, 2019

Roon is basically a fancy meta-data agent. It’s great if you enjoy an immersive audio/music-listening experience. So I definitely agree that doesn’t apply to the average person.

Posted by SpivR on March 6, 2019

Wow!  That sounds even worse - very pricy for only a meta-data processor.  I would spin up Plex and let it do all the meta data matching.  Seems like open source/freemium model is much more flexible in this case since you can run Plex on NAS, in Docker containers, or on any scale of hosted computer you choose and put all the ripped CD’s there also.

Now don’t get me wrong, there are many reasons not to use a DIY style ‘server’ solution.  Many of us have been through the HTC fiasco - but it is good to at least know the alternatives.


Robert E. Spivack
Smart Home Technology Specialist
http://www.DoItForMe.Solutions

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Posted by SpivR on March 6, 2019

Wow!  That sounds even worse - very pricy for only a meta-data processor.  I would spin up Plex and let it do all the meta data matching.  Seems like open source/freemium model is much more flexible in this case since you can run Plex on NAS, in Docker containers, or on any scale of hosted computer you choose and put all the ripped CD’s there also.

Now don’t get me wrong, there are many reasons not to use a DIY style ‘server’ solution.  Many of us have been through the HTC fiasco - but it is good to at least know the alternatives.


Robert E. Spivack
Smart Home Technology Specialist
http://www.DoItForMe.Solutions

Posted by TheDarkKnight on March 6, 2019

Roon is basically a fancy meta-data agent. It’s great if you enjoy an immersive audio/music-listening experience. So I definitely agree that doesn’t apply to the average person.

Posted by SpivR on March 6, 2019

I’m sorry, but I’m having a hard time understanding the functionality provided by this product and the value.

If I understand correctly, this is hardened x86 PC with proprietary streaming software, but I still need audio distribution hardware and a music subscription to the Tidal service?

Most audio distribution/amplifier systems such as Sonos, C4, Savant, Crestron, etc. also include streaming servers, so this seems redundant and unnecessary.

Further, at the low to mid range, Apple AirPlay 2 and Google Chromecast, which are becoming “table stakes” for all smart speakers, amplifiers, and audio distribution systems enable this capability themselves.

Not trying to be snarky, but what am I missing here?