Many of us are familiar with the Roon music player software package and use it on a daily basis. We typically use it with our home computer as a host, and the program works fine with a user-friendly interface. It has the ability to remotely control the music from a tablet and can access online content from TIDAL and Qobuz.
I had been peripherally aware of the Roon Nucleus and Nucleus Plus products and initially thought of them as mere substitutes for a host computer, assuming that some folks wouldn’t want Roon on their home machines for one reason or another. I was right, and I was wrong. Though the Nucleus products can indeed replace a host computer, they have a plethora of additional capabilities that I was unaware of.
The Nucleus series products can access multiple library resources over the home network, stream to multiple endpoints (Roon’s term for streamers, DACs, and other analog-output devices), and access content anywhere on the internet. And unlike home computers that have resource limitations due to the overhead of the operating system and background programs, the Nucleus devices are custom-built for music and can devote ALL their resources to ensuring music delivery without slowdowns, gaps, or loss of quality.
Additionally, the Nucleus products are hardware-optimized for sound quality with a customized operating system that is specifically designed to work with the Roon software package.
Interested? Stand by for the upcoming Roon Nucleus Plus review!