Roon Nucleus+ Network Streamer

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Roon Nucleus+ Network Streamer

Nucleus is the center of your Roon music system. It’s the housekeeper, the traffic cop, and the brain that takes care of the music in your life. Using Nucleus, Roon manages all your music – on hard drives, NAS, and streaming content – and allows you to play it on all the audio devices around your home. Nucleus is a good lower cost method to run Roon.

Just plug Nucleus into your network, connect your hard drives, download Roon remote apps (iOS, Android, macOS, Windows) and you’ll be ready to play music using a wide variety of audio devices, including AirPlay, Sonos, Roon Ready, Squeezebox, or to our renowned Wyred 4 Sound USB DACs; such as the amazing DAC-2v2SE 10th Anniversary Special Edition.

Aside from being a powerful, fanless music server, what sets Nucleus apart is that it’s powered by Roon OS – a fast and lightweight operating system optimized to do just one thing: browse and play music. Roon is a multi-room, multi-user networked audio platform built to the exacting standards of audiophiles, so it offers features like bit-perfect playback, DSD and PCM upsampling, multichannel playback, and signal path display.

The Roon Nucleus features an i3 processor, 4GB RAM, and a 64GB OS SSD. Housed in an elegant case, it runs Roon’s bespoke operating system. User have the capability to point it at a NAS, hook in a USB hard drive, or install an SSD or HDD in an internal hard drive mount.

The Roon Nucleus + upgrades the processor to an i7, 8GB RAM, and a 128GB OS SSD.  The extra power allows the system to address much larger music libraries and larger multi-room setups.

Developed in partnership with Intel, the Nucleus sits on your network acting as a Roon Server Core for your NAS or USB drive-based music library.  Roon can also stream from your Tidal account and make it all available to any and every Roonendpoint you have.  Roon built a custom based operating system around the Intel NUC board. The Nucleus is housed in a special casing and runs fanless so it can be placed with your hi-fi equipment if you want to connect it via USB to your DAC.

Roon Core boots up in just 1.8 seconds; i3 or i7 processor with an integral SSD for the operating system and an option to add an SSD or HDD internal hard drive for local storage. You can also choose to connect via USB or NAS music storage and the HDMI output supports multichannel playback functioning with any network Roon Ready device.

What Makes Nucleus So Special?

Roon software can be used on many platforms, including Mac, Windows, and Linux PCs, as well as NAS devices and a variety of media servers. Each of those platforms has its benefits and shortcomings, but none of them achieves a perfect balance between ease of use, raw performance, and audiophile design.

Based on feedback from audio dealers and custom integrators, Roon Labs designed Nucleus to do just that... provide the best Roon experience in each of these areas.

Roon has enjoyed tremendous success among computer audiophiles and other tech-savvy enthusiasts, but the long-term goal is to reach everyone who loves music. To do that, Roon created Nucleus, a product which requires nearly no computer knowledge or networking skill. You literally take it home, plug it in, and control it with the Roon Remote app for iPad, iPhone, or Android device (and of course the Roon app for Mac/Windows). Because it's running Roon, Nucleus finds the audio devices on your network and makes it easy to stream to them.

ROON-CLASS PERFORMANCE

Unlike simple music player apps, Roon is designed to make use of modern computing power (and the more of it the better). So Roon has worked with Intel to develop Nucleus on their highest-performance NUC platform, which means that using Roon with Nucleus feels incredibly fast, and there's horsepower to spare for handling large music libraries, multi-room streaming, and digital signal processing.

AN OPERATING SYSTEM BUILT FROM THE GROUND UP

Rather than use a desktop or server operating system like Windows, a Linux distribution, or a system-builder tool, Roon realized that a truly bespoke operating system is an area in which we can add real value. Roon OS an optimized Linux-based operating system developed by Roon Labs to provide the best reliability and performance for what Roon does – networking, storage, and fast database access – and nothing else. The white paper provides loads of detail about how we achieved this, and what's unique about our over-the-air software/firmware update process.

RELIABLE, ROBUST, AND TAMPER-RESISTANT

We've seen our share of audio products with network capabilities, and often it's clear that they were designed without network security in mind. Learn what's unique about the way Roon OS powers Nucleus, protects itself from "enterprising hobbyists", and ensures reliable and robust operation even in extraordinary network conditions.

DESIGNED TO AUDIOPHILE STANDARDS

Nucleus is for people who love music, so it has to stand up to the scrutiny of the toughest customers out there. Designing Nucleus without fans, spinning disks, or other moving parts – while maintaining the level of computing performance Roon requires – brought some interesting thermal and mechanical challenges. Learn why Nucleus is the best way to run Roon whether you have a top-spec listening room, a home theater, or a dedicated multi-room equipment rack.

Sold to US customers only.

Roon Nucleus requires the purchase of either an Annual Membership or a Lifetime membership.

Specifications

  • The Roon Nucleus+ features
    • i7 processor
    • 8GB RAM
    • 128GB OS SSD
  • 212mm (W) x 156mm (D) x 74mm (H) 8.3” (W) x 6.1” (D) x 2.9” (H) 3.85kg gross weight (in retail package) 2.5kg net weight (product only)
  • 12-19V DC
  • (2x) USB 3.0 (for hard drive and/or DAC) (1x) HDMI (stereo/multi-channel audio output) (1x) Gigabit Ethernet LAN
  • 2.5” SATA SSD or HDD (optional). Drives of any storage capacity are supported, but limited to maximum 9.5mm drive height. (Note: user-installed drive will be formatted on first use)
  • USB 2.0/3.0 drives of any size
  • Over 10,000 albums (100,000 tracks)
  • More than 6 simultaneous zones
  • All DSP functions available.