Anand, does this mean you heard the microRendu at some point? If so,what did you feel were the improvements as compared to your Aries? What will you be running on the sonic transporter, HQP, Roon??
I am running minimserver on my Nas with an Aries feeding my Vega, I won't be able to hear the microRendu before ordering, so I am trying to get a feel from those who have heard it what improvements over the Aries they are hearing. I realize this can be difficult to quantify.
To be honest, I trust jtwrace, TomS, zybar, etc... Jtwrace and I listen to very similar recordings and have similar setups. We do have differences in our approach, but they are similar nonetheless.
One of my bigger problems is WIFI interference. Since my equipment room is a separate room from my audio room and the router I have is completely outside of both these rooms, I experienced significant dropout with the Aries. I could've solved this problem with multiple Eeros to be honest, and I may need to do that in the future anyway for other non-audio reasons. The Aries wasn't the problem and it is an excellent unit from a sonic standpoint. However, I only used the USB output. I was never an AES or optical kind of guy. So when the microRendu came out, it gave me reason to pause. An additional problem was that you just couldn't 'install' Roon into an Aries. You needed a separate computer or very powerful NAS. Our family computer is a Mac that is hogged by everybody, so that was a no go. My NAS is a simple QNAP model, and cannot handle the processing power of Roon. I was also getting tired of the numerous updates from Lightning DS...ugh! Decisions, decisions!
I expect that the sonic qualities will be similar and if there is an improvement, then great
The microRendu simplifies my setup somewhat
. The sonicTransporter is also upgradeable, and if I don't like Roon, no big deal, I could use some other playback software (JRiver, HQplayer, etc...).
The ideal situation would be a microRendu built into a Vega built into a LIO, etc...and you can throw democracy out the window at the same time! Too many eggs in one basket so to speak. At some point, we need balance and the freedom of choice.
I'll tell you what the real problem is. You need to be careful about how much you invest in digital audio
as the improvements are happening quickly and dramatically on a yearly basis. You don't want to lose your investment too soon and/or live in obsolescence. And if you DIY in digital audio, you will lose badly in the resale market. For me personally, DIY is meant for speakers, room treatments/design, amps and preamps/phonostages. But not for digital anymore.
Sorry about the rambling but those are my thoughts my friend