Originally Posted by mdbseclipse
Thank you for your response. Roon does look very cool. What is the purpose of the Sonore in this set up? Doesn't it function as a music renderer/player as well? Mike
Roon is a three part system:
Music storage (NAS, generally)
Roon server, usually a computer but can be a high end NAS
Roon end point
Roon server gets the files from the NAS and sends it to the Roon end point, all in digital, which sends it on for playback either digitally or analog.
The Sonore microRendu is a small box that accepts the music file stream directed to it by Roon server from the NAS and then outputs by USB to a DAC - the Oppo 105.
The reason to go through all this is to get the Roon client which is great in playing songs in one's collection and also getting songs from Tidal. One is restricted to having only 30,000 Tidal songs added to your own library so you can play them on playlists. There is no limit on searching and playing the 40 million songs.
Note that all three of the above can be in one computer: storage, Roon server and Roon endpoint. A MacMini can do this easily.