For those who are happy to maintain their CD collection in hard form and who have no intention of ripping it onto a storage medium, but just like having a musical asset like Tidal, perhaps Roon is less necessary and there are other 3rd party apps that work well. But, as your library grows, Roon comes into its own and I wouldn’t want to be without it now as I envisage myself exploring the world of hi-def music much more intensely than ever before from now on. It has fantastic potential and depth.
So, if you are smitten with Roon and its abilities, the Nucleus is easily recommendable as it’s small, easy to accommodate and simply allows the software to work at its optimum. Your personal library just keeps growing and growing and it is just too easy to lose yourself for hours while listening to music you have never heard before. This just has to be one of the main reasons for owning a decent system. In the next issue I will be incorporating the Nucleus-powered Roon software into a high-end home system built around a dCS Rossini so I will be able to take a closer look at sound quality and formats. If you like Roon, there’s no doubt you’ll love the Nucleus. It does precisely what it says on the tin. Tidal’s wingman? In fact, the Nucleus is audio’s Top Gun!
Type: Music server/Core for Roon software
Variants: Nucleus - Intel NUC i3 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB OS SSD
Nucleus + - Intel NUC i7 processor, 8GB RAM,
128 GB OS SSD
Storage: Supports libraries up to 12,000 albums (120,000 tracks)
Supports multi-room systems up to 5 zones
Connections: 2 x USB 3 ports, Thunderbolt 3, internal 2.5” HDD/SSD bay
Dimensions: 7.5 ×22 ×15.5 cm (H×W×D)
Price: Nucleus £1,499, Nucleus + £2,499
Manufactured by: Roon Labs
UK Distributor: Henley Audio
Phone: +44 (0)1235 511166