Roon Nucleus – Between S$2,000 to S$3,000
The Roon Nucleus and Nucleus+ are top-tier digital music servers. They are competitively priced and they deliver above expectations in terms of sound and usability. Additionally, they are exceedingly easy to use. If you are in the market for a better Roon experience, this is the next most logical step beyond laptops and endpoints. — Home Theater Review
For those who, like me, don’t want to go the hair-shirt, DIY route to networked audio, the fit’n’forget functionality and routinely excellent sound quality of Roon Labs’ Nucleus+ through both of the DACs I used it with make it an easy recommendation. It’s not going back! — Stereophile
The Nucleus is easily recommendable as it’s small, easy to accommodate and simply allows the software to work at its optimum. Your personal library just keeps growing and growing and it is just too easy to lose yourself for hours while listening to music you have never heard before. This just has to be one of the main reasons for owning a decent system. — Hi-Fi+
The music player for music lovers
Nucleus is the center of your Roon music system. It’s the housekeeper, the traffic cop, and the brain that takes care of the music in your life. Using Nucleus, Roon manages all your music – on hard drives, NAS, and streaming content – and allows you to play it on all the audio devices around your home. Nucleus is the best way to run Roon, at any price.
Just plug Nucleus into your network, connect your hard drives, download Roon remote apps (iOS, Android, macOS, Windows) and you’ll be ready to play music using a wide variety of audio devices, including AirPlay, Sonos, Roon Ready, Devialet, KEF, Meridian, Squeezebox, and a huge variety of USB DACs.
Aside from being a powerful, fanless music server, what sets Nucleus apart is that it’s powered by Roon OS – a fast and lightweight operating system optimized to do just one thing: browse and play music.
Roon transforms the experience of browsing music. Artist photos, credits, bios, reviews, lyrics, tour dates, and composers are located automatically, then interconnected by links to build a surfable, searchable digital magazine about your music collection.
And Roon finds all the same links between your personal files and the millions of tracks available on TIDAL, so you can start with the music you know, then explore and discover new music from the world beyond your collection.
Roon is a software application and a subscription is required.
Library capacity Up to 10,000 albums (100,000 tracks) Multi-room streaming Up to 6 simultaneous zones DSP capability All DSP functions available in the PCM domain. Certain combinations of functions using DSD source or destination formats, upsampling, or multichannel processing may not be possible.
Up to 10,000 albums (100,000 tracks)
Up to 6 simultaneous zones
All DSP functions available in the PCM domain.
Features common to both models
12-19V DC, 2.5mm ID, 5.5mm OD, 11mm L
2 x USB3.0 (can be used for hard drive and/or DAC)
HDMI (stereo and multi-channel audio output)
Gigabit Ethernet LAN
Dimensions and Weight
212mm (W) x 156mm (D) x 74mm (H)
3.85kg gross weight (in retail package)
2.5kg net weight (product only)