kingofgix. Been dedicated audiophile since 1974. And similarly dedicated to vinyl. SME TT, tone arm and cartridge that cost as much as a Hyundai, Pass Labs pre amp and amp. Sound quality streaming equals vinyl...a little different, but pleasing. Get a Nucleus, Farrad power supply, Bricasti M3, Quobuz and Tidal accounts, hook up to your current gear with the best cables you can afford and prepare to be happy. Only listen to vinyl now when grandchildren point to TT and say "what's that grandpappy?"
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This will really open your eyes on how to maximize sound quality from Roon. This dealer is not alone in providing verified upgrades commonly available, but their video spells it out nicely >
re ROON and sound quality, in my experience ROON enables perfect implementation of signal transmission via WiFi. I run the ROON core on a (dedicated) MacBook and distribute via WiFi (LinkSys mesh) to two OPPO 205s. Works perfectly, in case of doubt better than USB (to the OPPOs), but this is a marginal ‘better’.
re Ethernet cables, I agree as far as bit for but transmission is concerned. But these cables can carry power, act as antennas, and the more you go up the ladder (CAT 5 -> 8) deal with switching frequencies. There is potential for contamination. WiFi connection minimizes that.
Finally, much to my surprise, inserting a powered Netgear switch between my router and distribution box (house is CAT 5 wired) resulted in clearly better image quality on SONY 4K screens around the house. I can’t say I have now better sound, but this is an indication that there is Ethernet related contamination which can make it through…
All the best!
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