I'm ok with this if I'm using it for multiple uses, i.e. loading DVDs and streaming them to the TV etc.
Do consider the costs and compromises that go hand in hand with the "all in one basket" approach. For me, these included:
- Very different upgrade cycles between a cheap dedicated computer for core and a NAS
- What happens if / when ROON offer new functionality that take advantage of new, higher powered processors?
- How often do you expect to replace your NAS and or drives? What's the cost differential versus a NAS that only needs to host data and perform other simple tasks?
- Support: when I evaluated, ROON offered no support for running core on a NAS, that's all down to (very smart) third parties
I made my calculus before ROCK was available. I figured I'd be likely to upgrade a dedicated inexpensive ROON core computer about twice during the lifespan of one of my NAS devices. For me, this equaled far more flexibility for the ROON core being dedicated, and some significant cost saving.
The extra processing power required to run ROON core smoothly on a NAS is likely to only be used for ROON core, but that may not be the case for you. Do you already have a NAS and have confidence about how you plan to use it, or are all the cool things you MIGHT do with a high powered NAS just potential that QNAP or Synology are selling?
I still find it hard to make a financial or practical case for combining ROON core and NAS functionality (and I wanted to!) without a high confidence level in the use case.
For anyone who's new to the world of NAS use, start modestly and learn how it works for you, while running ROON core separately and enjoying music free from the foibles and learning process of NAS 101. Above all, remember these are computing devices, not audio hardware, and their lifespan and retained values are very different.