Read here for an extensive writeup on the ecosystem of Roon and how valuable a Mini PC is in the running of Roon.
No more clunky desktop PC for computer digital audio playback. Cooling fans in dekstop computer add interference and noise to audio signal and neither is big internal PSU beneficial for audio playback.
Mini PC is portable, and stripped of all non-essential parts perfect for audio use in a hifi system. Most importantly, it is fanless, so it can be situated within the hifi components with zero noise. Fed with a cleaner power from a Linear Power Supply (LPS), this fanless Mini PC can absolutely improve the digital audio chain as a server or a bridge, depending on one’s configuration.
Intel N100 is efficient and speedy. You do not need i5, i7 or even i3 core to run Roon, IF, you are primarily playing from Tidal or Qobuz with no DSD128 and upsampling. PCM768 and DSD64 will not even max out the 4 efficiency cores of N100. It is really misinformation that Roon Core/Server needs that high performance to run.
Running a light Ubuntu Linux system also meant you can leave it without worries of inconsistent and buggy updates like Windows that also eat unnecessarily into the system resources – so they are optimised purely for audio playback.
Using this as a Roon Bridge is also more cost and performance efficient compared to a RPI4 which is slower and more expensive now from the global shortage that seems more like a scalpel intention.
Comes installed with Roon Server or Bridge (choose one) in Ubuntu OS Lite. Fully plug & play by just connecting power and Ethernet (no WIFI). Search for and configure Roon using Roon Remote apps in Android or iOS. No display monitor connection is needed. Dummy HDMI plug is provided so it can be switched off by just pressing the power button and wait for 60 seconds – this is the standard Ubuntu shutdown procedure.
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- Processor: Intel Alder Lake 12th Gen N100 Processor
- Memory: Supports up to 16GB DDR5 4800 (stock config uses SK Hynix or equivalent)
- Ethernet ports: 4x Intel i226 LAN
- Display outputs: 1x HDMI, 1x DP
- Storage: 1x M2 NVME SSD PCIE 3.0*2 supports up to 2TB (stock config uses Colorful CN600 Pro or equivalent)
- Additional storage expansion: 1x SATA 3.0
- USB: 2x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0
- Power: 12V 3.5A DC 5.5/2.5mm (adapter provided with SG plug adapter)
- Dimension: 136 x 126 x 40mm
- Weight: Approx 1kg
Lead time 9-11 days for assembly, installation and test before shipping/collection.
Mini PC has no warranty due to the inherent nature of upgradeability done possible by users themselves. But we will always be doing our best to support any technical questions or clarifications.