I was of the same mind as you in terms of a digital setup. I wanted to have streaming, and the ability to rip my CD library, but no setup or maintenance hassle. I had a Sonos setup for a while a few years ago, with music stored on a PC, supposedly simple, but it was a pain, so I stopped using it.
With my new setup I was up and running in 30 - 60 minutes. Unbox, hook up wires, go through some setup on an ipad, then listen to music. You need an ethernet connection for the Innuos. I used a tp-link AV600 powerline, but if you already have a ethernet connection in your listening room you will not need this.
Also, I tried the Roon core and Zen mini with built in DAC, but the Zen III with an outboard DAC was a significant step-up in sound quality. The price for additional storage is not much higher and I opted for more than 1 TB.
Good luck with your new setup whatever you decide
That's understandable, I just suggested the DIY because offers more flexibility for the future and it doesn't lock you down to Roon which SQ is debatable, great interface but not so good player. I missed some posts which were deleted now I understand you don't want something complex to execute or maintain.
I have no direct experience with what you listed but friends who do they all speak good about the Innuos.
I’ve been using a Roon Nucleus I3 as a Server/Streamer since November. I have it hooked up to a Chord Qutest via Curious USB Cable. In April I replaced the stock Nucleus power supply with an Sbooster 19V Linear Power Supply, and then upgraded my ethernet cable to a Wireworld Starlight Cat 8. Together, these changes upped the SQ to whole other level. Prior to that, a Bluesound Node 2i was my principal streaming source, again with the Chord Qutest as DAC.
I have nothing but good things to say about the Bluesound products and BluOS. Have been a Bluesound user since 2014 and have 4 pieces of Bluesound kit in the house. But Roon interface is simply superior integrating Tidal and/or Qobuz. But what I find most valuable with Roon is the music discovery piece. Once you begin really using Roon, there is no going back. You can see my system here:
(note that the Node 2i can now be found on my desktop, having exchanged places with my original Node N100).
As far as ripping, I use dBpoweramp to rip CDs as uncompressed Flac files to my PC, and then copy them over to my NAS (in my case a Melco N1A). This method would work equally well copying over content to an SSD or HDD installed in the Nucleus (or for that matter any other storage hardware installed on your network). And as I understand it, Roon now provides ripping support, but to date I haven’t used it. If you have any questions I’d be happy to try to answer them.
We have a better solution an 432 evo aeon hi is a better sounding server then aninnouus and the aeon has a super clock ultra low jirtter usb output built in for 6k rhis setup is similar to an innous statement but way cheaper
432 evo is the hottest server company in euope europe and are quickley outpacing innou
it’s also the best USB source I’ve tested to now…”
The summary of the review:
What makes it for me as a package is that 432 EVO hasn’t lost sight of all the basics that a network storage device needs to perform in the pursuit
Here are the reasons we picked up the server line and dropped innous
Fsntastic sound quality
Upgradable models with better sound quality
Different plug ins and filters to tune the sound
2tb hd standard vs most others use a 1tb standard
Us based service and support
Dave and troy
Audio intellect Nj
Us importer 432 evo servers
I rip all my cds now using mediacenter on my win10 pc and then just transfer them over the network direct to the 2tb ssd connected to my Roon Core. Easy peasy.
Prior to my present setup I used a Bluesound Vault2 where I ripped the majority of my cds to its internal 2tb hdd and then duplicated that as a backup on an external 2tb ssd. That lot I then copied over to a 4tb ssd.
That is now connected to my Roon core so I can access anything from it instantly or Qobuz.
I do really like the way Roon library is set up and its music discovery and bio information is unsurpassed imho.
Good luck and even better listening!
tuberist I just order an SGC box with Microrendu!
I learned a lot while researching (ie, torturing myself) for this project: Items 1-6 are what I considered and eliminated. Obviously if you have $3000-10,000 to spend, there are other choices.