Roon Labs server

Roon Rock NUC 7 vs NUC 8

Roon Labs server made to according to Roon Labs specifications and your wishes

Glorious Sound builds High-Quality refined alternatives for the Roon Nucleus, based on the  same platform and operating system.   So save between  50% on 70 % on buying a Roon server.

Roon Nucleus alternative, saving you money

Both Nucleus models are build upon the Intel Nuc 7e generation platform, with the a custom CPU cooling integrated in the nice looking chassis.

Glorious Sound now offers a very nice looking, pre build  fully configured Active or Passive Roon Servers based on exactly the same Intel NUC platform.

Which configuration do you need,  Glorious Sound can make you all alternatives

Now also available in the 8th Generation  based on the Bean Canyon platform,  a performance comparison will follow.

  • Intel NUC i3 (active or passively cooled)
  • Intel NUC i5 (active or passively cooled)
  • Intel NUC i7(only actively cooled)
Roon uses a single thread for one stream, so there is almost no performance gap between NUC7 i7 an the NUC8 i3Single Thread RatingSingle Thread Rating %
NUC7 i3Intel® Core™ i3-7100U processor (2.4 GHz, 3 MB Cache, 15W TDP)1362100%
NUC7 i5Intel® Core™ i5-7260U processor (2.2 GHz to 3.4 GHz Turbo,4 MB cache, 15W TDP)1950143%
NUC7 i7Intel® Core™ i7-7567U processor (3.5 GHz to 4.0 GHz Turbo, 4 MB cache, 28W TDP)2263166%
NUC8 i3Intel® Core™ i3-8109U Processor (4M Cache, up to 3.60 GHz)2163159%
NUC8 i5Intel® Core™ i5-8259U Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.80 GHz)2220163%
NUC8 i7Intel® Core™ i7-8559U Processor (8M Cache, up to 4.50 GHz)2608191%


NUC with or without Free SSD space
NUC with or without Free SSD space

The case can be passive  like this :

Roon Nucleus alternative Glorious Sound
Roon Server passively cooled,  no fans inside.  Cooled by the chassis that acts like a CPU cooler.


Why would you need a passively cooled chassis like the Roon Nucleus for ROON

When you are thinking about a getting yourself  a Roon setup, you probably also have High End audio equipment, which might already include Roon Endpoints  like the Metrum Ambre.

If you plan to use the Roon Server with a Roon Ready endpoint  you can just as well place the server outside the listening room.

So passively cooled is an option for setups where you need the server near your audio setup.

Help with choosing the right   Intel NUC specification for ROON

There  are a few considerations when you configure the right Roon Server for you:

  • How big is your own collection of high resolution files.  Do you have  a 1000 albums or more?
  • Although many Audiophiles do not have systems with advanced DSP systems, Roon offers really fun options to improve your listening.   If you consider these options you should choose the more powerful  I7 processor.
  • What can you to with your Network in your house, and can switches with a linear PSU improve the sound?


What is the right intel NUC for ROON

Roon can be used with a MAC or Windows just like regular programs such as Office, Photoshop or dedicated Audio software like Audirvana and Jriver.

What sets Roon apart is the fact the made their own version of an OS ( operation system)  called ROCK.

This operation system will probable run on most Intel Based PC’s, but you can also very well have compatibility issues.

Therefore ROON  ROCK is developed and tested on specific hardware. (versions of the Intel NUC platform)

Glorious Sound has the experience and know how to quickly asses your situation and make a very cost effective Roon Nucleus alternative for you. ( Saving more than 50%  compared to the Roon Nucleus)


How big is a Intel NUC

Well this picture give a good idea  about the size

ROON workshops in Amsterdam, Haarlem,  Utrecht

  • Choosing the right hardware ( NUC server,  Endpoints etc)
  • Getting started
  • Setting up your NAS,  Network,
  • New subjects will follow
  • send  your email if you want to hear about  Workshop updates   workshop( at )

I plan to update this post on a regular basis  answering all kinds of questions.


Mail me at hello (at) glorious  for more information or quotes

Free delivery  on all  Roon Server orders

Additional support available to help you get going with the setup of Roon in your own listening room.

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