Thanks for the help Marius. I have gone and re-read up the entire Roon website. I will do extensive testing between ROON READY and MPD with different formats (FLAC/WAV). Back in mid 2015, I did try Roon against Audirvana Plus (2.0.9 at that time) outputting to the same DAC and Audirvana was better. I know they have improved on this, but I'll still keep an eye on it.
I like all the control features. The only thing I dislike is to have to rely on a computer to run the Core. Although, I wonder if the BDP-1/2 could run the Core and avoid the computer all together, would we still want to? If the power and CPU requirements are extensive, there might be a dip in performance (especially more concerned about the BDP-1 here).
With just Roon Ready, one could disable MPD and USB Mount. Nothing connected to BDP-1 or other services, just Roon...The only thing I worry about is network speed.Just to clarify:
If I connect a hard drive to the BDP-1, the files will go back to the computer running the Core via network and then back out to BDP-1 via Roon Ready?
On the other hand, if I connect the hard drive to the computer running the Core, then the output will be straight to the BDP-1 via Roon Ready? So this can perhaps help free up the network by only having it one-way?
So is it at all possible for Roon to access the files on hard drive connected to the BDP-1 and just send it straight to BDP-1 via USB, rather than having it go over the network to the computer and then back again to the BDP-1?
I hope that made sense. Just want to be clear on how it fully works before starting my trial. Otherwise I might save it for a few months down the road.
BTW Does the 60 day promo code have an expiration date?