Roon Nucleus Network Streamer
Nucleus has no fans, spinning disks, or moving parts of any kind, and its minimal operating system is tuned for delivering high-performance audio. Whether you put it in your listening room, on your desk, or in a rack, you can be confident you will be getting the best sound from any music server.
Developed with Intel
The rich Roon experience requires modern computing power, and the more the better. We worked with Intel to develop Nucleus to support Roon now and in the future. It has horsepower to spare for large music libraries, multi-room streaming, and DSP.
What is Roon?
Roon is a music management and listening solution that takes a very different approach to interacting with your music. Instead of seeing a spreadsheet-like view of your music (as with iTunes and almost all other media systems), Roon provides a very rich non-list based experience, using credits, artist relationships, genres, lyrics, concert/tour dates, artwork, and more to allow for an informative navigation and exploration of your library.
Roon manages digital music files collected on hard drives and networked storage. It can also watch your iTunes library, and optionally integrate with the music streaming service TIDAL.
Roon cleans up your music library, upgrades the metadata associated with your music, and provides a user interface that is far richer than anything else out there. Roon makes music exploration and discovery both informative and fun.
Roon provides no-compromise audio perfection. Bit-perfect playback of lossy and lossless file formats, including high-resolution audio content (PCM and DSD). Additional conveniences such as crossfading and volume normalization make it suitable for both concentrated listening sessions as well as social events.
Roon manages your audio renderers (the things that make sound). Whether they be built-in sound devices, like your laptop's audio output, a USB connected DAC, or even networked audio devices.
Roon is an application suite that must be installed. It is not a website. It runs on Macs, Windows PCs, and Tablets, Linux PCs, Android Tablets, Apple iPads, and iPhones. Support is provided on the Community Site, and membership details and configuration are provided on the Roon website.
Roon uses your music files, Internet Radio streams, and content from the TIDAL streaming music service, but doesn't come with any music.
The Roon software is constantly being improved and updates are always free of charge to licensed users.
FREE 30-DAY TRIAL
Try Roon for free for 30 days when you purchase any compatible device.
Roon can watch multiple storage locations for files at the same time. That means you can simultaneously use any (or all) of the following storage locations:
Devices connected directly to Nucleus by USB
If your music is stored on an external USB drive, plug it into your Nucleus now. Nucleus supports USB drives pre-formatted as EXT2/3/4, VFAT/FAT32/FAT16/exFAT, NTFS, or HFS/HFS+. Note that HFS/HFS+ (also known as "Mac OS Journaled") is read-only, which means that Nucleus will not be able to make changes or store new music on the USB drive.
A hard disk drive (HDD) or solid-state drive (SSD) connected inside the Nucleus via SATA
If you have a 2.5" hard drive you'd like to use as internal storage, we will walk you through installing it next
Network shares (such as a NAS)
For now, just make sure the NAS is turned on and plugged into your network. If you have a username/password for your share, take note of it now. We highly recommend connecting networked storage via ethernet always.
Roon can output audio to devices in the following ways:
Devices connected directly to Nucleus by USB
If you plan to use a DAC, headphone amp, A/V receiver, integrated amplifier, or active speaker system connected directly to Nucleus via USB, connect them to one of the ports on the back panel of the Nucleus and make sure it's powered on.
Devices connected directly to Nucleus by HDMI
If you have an A/V receiver or other device with an HDMI audio input, you can connect the HDMI output on the back panel of the Nucleus to it. The HDMI output supports both stereo and multi-channel audio content.
More and more audio devices of all kinds (active speakers, DACs, integrated amplifiers, and A/V receivers) have networking capabilities. If you have any Roon Ready, AirPlay, Sonos, or other supported streaming audio devices, you should check that they are connected to your network (via ethernet or WiFi as appropriate) and powered on. We recommend connecting networked audio devices via ethernet if possible.
|Connections||12-19V DC, 2.5mm ID, 5.5mm OD, 11mm L
2 x USB3.0 (can be used for hard drive and/or DAC)
|Internal storage slot||2.5” SATA SSD or HDD up to 9.5mm drive height
Drive not included
|Dimensions and Weight||212mm (W) x 156mm (D) x 74mm (H)<
3.85kg gross weight (in retail package)
|Accessories included||AC power supply (19V, 60W)
US/UK/EU/AU power tips