Roon 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.
We have tried a lot of Roon-ready players, and have to say that firstly it's such a relief to find this is by far the easiest and quickest way to get music playing with Roon. There is no configuration or setup screens, you literally turn it on and you're playing. That's the big drawcard with this device, and for those coming from CDs and vinyl, and perhaps a little apprehensive about digital players, this is the way to go.
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 optimised to do just one thing: browse and play music.
There are two variations of the new Roon Nucleus;
- Nucleus (i3 processor, 4Gb RAM, 64Gb OS SSD)
- Nucleus+ (i7 processor, 8Gb RAM, 128Gb OS SSD).
Roon Nucleus Music Server is designed to work with products from the manufacturers you trust. Over 60 partner brands now work with Roon and the list is growing every day. See here for more details https://roonlabs.com/partners.html
Roon Nucleus is the brains behind the operation and manages your music collection, it builds an interconnected digital library using enhanced information from Roon. You can browse and play music with Roon apps on all your devices whether its a Mac, Windows, iPad, iPhone, and Android devices. Roon streams to all the audio gear you have and makes it all play nice together.
- Manages your music stored on USB hard drives, NAS, and streamed content from TIDAL
- Runs Roon OS and is controlled by the Roon apps for iOS, Android, macOS, Windows
- Streams music to Sonos®, AirPlay®, Devialet, KEF, Roon Ready, Meridian, USB, and Squeezebox audio devices
- Silent design with no fans or moving parts
- Requires a Roon subscription
- 212mm (W) x 156mm (D) x 74mm (H)
Roon Subscription - bundle with your Roon Nucleus
- Free Trial (14-day free trial available from the Roon website)
- 30-day = $13.50
- 60-day = $27
- 90-day = $40
- 180-day = $80
- 1-year = $160
- Lifetime = $675
|i3 processor||i7 processor|
|4GB RAM||8GB RAM|
|64GB OS SSD||128GB OS SSD|
|Store libraries up to 12,000 albums (120,000 tracks)||Store libraries OVER 12,000 albums (120,000 tracks)|
|Multi-room systems up to five zones||Multi-room systems OVER five zones|
|Gigabit ethernet||Gigabit ethernet|
|2x USB 3.0 port||2x USB 3.0 port|
|Thunderbolt 3||Thunderbolt 3|
|Internal 2.5″ HDD/SSD bay||Internal 2.5″ HDD/SSD bay|