Redcloud has made Roon SQ an issue.
I love the Roon experience; however, I have come to recognize Roon’s SQ limitations.
I was running Roon on a fanless gaming PC (Win 10, Fidelizer on purist setting). This fed a Bryston BDP-2, which then fed the DS (through a LANRover). Although I noted a difference in SQ using Roon versus MPD on the Bryston, the difference wasn’t significant enough to favor MPD over Roon.
When Roon introduced ROCK, I jumped all over it. Well, the ROCK/NUC solution sounded dreadful; so going with my belief that the power supply is everything (one of the main reasons i’m a PS Audio customer), I tried running ROCK on the gaming PC (400 W).
While all this experimentation was going on, Redcloud entered the picture. The Redcloud SQ is such that the SQ differences among Bryston playing from a NAS, Bryston playing from USB sticks, and Bryston playing as a Roon endpoint are obvious — Roon comes in a distant third in the SQ sweepstakes, and reading the Roon forums, it sounds like Roon’s vocal customers want more bells and whistles, and are less concerned with SQ
So, in the end, considering Roon’s cost, as well as Bryston’s attempt to improve the MPD interface (weak attempts granted, but at least they are trying) I’m probably going to dump Roon, and live with the source merry go round (memory sticks and Tidal), and the less-than-optimal MPD Interface until maybe PS Audio solves the music management vs SQ problem?