Easy to Operate and Praised by Audiophiles, the Roon Nucleus Music Server Is the Centerpiece of a Digital Musical Universe
The Roon Nucleus music server is your passport to a new world. This network player, designed for use with Roon's music-management software, has transformed the way audiophiles navigate their music collections. Roon's software organizes all your digital music in a clear, logical way, combining all the albums on your hard drive with all the music available for high-res streaming on TIDAL and Qobuz. Now you can control your entire digital music universe – easily searchable and easily navigable – right from your tablet or phone.
Audiophiles who have tried Roon quickly discover that they can't live without it. Roon's app provides an experience that feels like an infinite record store combined with an authoritative music magazine that's focused on your collection and your taste. And the Nucleus – which is specifically engineered to work with Roon – is the optimal component for getting the most fun out of your music library.
The Nucleus allows you to easily stream high-resolution files to six zones throughout your home, whether those audio devices are on your network or physically connected. The Nucleus is compatible with an incredible variety of audio gear, manufactured by 100 different companies. Because it is now an industry standard, the list of Roon Ready components continues to grow steadily.
Designed to function as the centerpiece of a high-end, multiroom system – or as a turnkey solution in your listening room – the Nucleus has tremendous horsepower but is remarkably quiet and compact. Featuring a Linux operating system based around an Intel NUC board, the Nucleus connects to your network and can be controlled via your phone, tablet, or computer. The Nucleus has no fan (or any other moving parts), so it runs silently, and it will never overheat.
The engineers at Roon made the decision to produce two models, which are identical in every way except their raw computing horsepower. The Nucleus features 4GB of RAM, while the Nucleus+ has 8GB of RAM.
These music servers were built with ease-of-use in mind. No configuration is necessary for the Nucleus, and no Mac, PC or NAS drive is required. You just plug the Nucleus in and download Roon apps for your mobile devices and computers. Nucleus keeps itself current with automatic, over-the-air updates. Once it's up and running, you won't need to worry about it again.
When setting up your Nucleus, Roon will automatically identify Roon Ready components you already own, and then you can control them with the Roon app. Want to blast a song simultaneously throughout all the zones in your house? No problem. The same volume control will work for the whole system. Roon will automatically detect the highest-resolution file that can be streamed by any component in your system. This feature has proven to be a game-changer for audiophiles who want to hear the highest-quality file available, no matter which room of the house they're in.
The Nucleus is compact, full of muscle, and easy to set up. You can use an internal hard drive or SSD for content storage, add an external USB drive, or keep your music on a NAS (which can be accessed via Ethernet). To enjoy playback, just connect a USB DAC or stream to the countless array of Roon Ready (and Roon Tested) devices.
Anchored by an i3 chip, 64Gb OS SSD, and 4GB RAM, the Nucleus can be placed problem-free in a rack system (or elsewhere, if you prefer to position it in another spot).
The Nucleus is available in four options, which can be selected from the menu above:
- Standalone Music Server
- With One-Year Roon Subscription
- With One-Year Roon Subscription and 2TB SSD
- With One-Year Roon Subscription and 4TB SSD
The Nucleus offers consistent performance, low maintenance, and simple installation. Check out the software and streamer that audiophiles around the world are praising. 100% Music Direct Guaranteed.
"For those looking to leave the world of physical discs, this Linux-based server is a slick way to do so. With high-quality streaming and insanely good control of your ripped music, this $1,400 music server replaces an old Oppo, a Mac Mini, and more."
– Home Theater Review, Best of 2018 Award
"[Roon is] a 21st-century playback app that makes it painfully obvious that every other playback app is still anchored to the 20th century. In short, if you aren't using Roon, you aren't getting close to the full ergonomic potential of your digital music libraries."
– Steven Stone, The Absolute Sound
"Roon will change the way you listen to music in that it will serve you up musical options and link them together. Search for an artist, an album, or a song, and it presents you with the answers by looking at everything you have within your musical library and everything it can find within TIDAL, depending on the parameters you set. It will download rich metadata for all your music, including those ripped files and continually look for ways to enhance and expand that."
– Chris Thomas, Hi-Fi+
The Transformative Power of Roon Software
The Nucleus is engineered to work with Roon Labs' revolutionary music-management software. Roon automatically compiles a galaxy of metadata about the artists and albums in your collection. Filled with vibrant graphics and classic photography, Roon displays, for example, the connections between artists (which artists have collaborated with one another, which artists have covered a particular tune, etc.). Roon automatically locates photos, credits, bios, reviews, lyrics, and tour dates. Then it connects all that information via links to build a searchable guide to your digital collection.
If you search for a particular artist, Roon will find that artist's music not only in your collection, but also in TIDAL and/or Qobuz. The technology identifies duplicate tracks, and it automatically displays the highest-resolution version of any song.
When you're playing a track, a Roon feature called Signal Path: Enhanced provides a visual representation of the entire signal path, from the source to the loudspeaker. If it is an MQA track, Roon will show you exactly how it is being decoded and rendered. If you want to tweak your sound, the DSP feature allows you to create EQ profiles for the various zones in your home.
Roon uses advanced AI technology to learn your taste in music. Using this information, Roon can stream curated tracks from TIDAL or Qobuz, as well as music from your collection. It's like having a personal DJ who devises playlists and helps you discover new music, based on what you have streamed in the past.
The engineers at Roon know that different family members often have different tastes in music. Each member of your household can have their own profile in Roon, customized to stream the styles of music they like. Plus, the intuitive user interface is simple enough for kids to use.
Valence Uses Artificial Intelligence
When you think about discovering new music, you probably don't envision a network of servers analyzing the listening habits of millions of users, identifying patterns in the data to find other content that you might like. Roon's Valence technology does more than merely compare you to other users. It harnesses Roon's deep metadata as its foundation, providing context about the artists who compose, perform, and produce music. Next, it considers your listening history before filtering for the results that are most popular – but only among listeners who are experts in that genre.
Nucleus vs. Nucleus+
The Nucleus, with 4GB of RAM, is suitable for the majority of users, while the Nucleus+ (8GB of RAM) is a better choice for audiophiles who have rigorous requirements in terms of library size, numbers of simultaneous playback streams, and high-rate DSD. Music lovers whose libraries contain more than 100,000 tracks should strongly consider the Nucleus+.
With the Nucleus+, all DSP functions are available. (The Nucleus handles all DSP functions available in the PCM domain; certain combinations of functions using DSD, upsampling, or multichannel processing may not be possible.)
What Does Roon Ready Mean?
Roon Ready network players (manufactured by various companies) have Roon's high-resolution streaming technology built right in. These players offer simple setup, daily reliability, and support for the highest level of digital audio performance. Every Roon Ready player is certified by Roon to deliver a great audio experience, regardless of its manufacturer, price, or features.
Roon Ready devices are different from ones identified as Roon Tested. Roon is compatible with thousands of USB, Airplay, and Chromecast devices, but Roon Tested devices have been profiled by the Roon engineers to ensure simple setup and effortless daily use.