Nucleus

From £1500.00
  • The ultimate audio servers for Roon
  • The best sounding computer you will ever hear
  • Nucleus+ is designed to handle complex environments with ease

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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 is a multi-room, multi-user networked audio platform built to the exacting standards of audiophiles, so it offers features like bit-perfect playback, DSD and PCM upsampling, multichannel playback, and signal path display.

As well as distributing music throughout your home, Nucleus also offers the very finest performance possible when connected to a USB DAC. A computer source has never sounded this good before.

Nucleus or Nucleus+?

Both the Nucleus and Nucleus+ servers look and function in exactly the same way. Their difference is primarily down to the Intel® processor used in each model, which shifts their speed and workload capacity.

The standard Nucleus is suited to smaller multi-room environments, or for installations where complex DSP processing is not required. It's also suited to smaller library sizes.

Nucleus+ is the more advanced solution, for complex or high-end environments and for lightning-fast handling of larger music libraries.

See our Technical Data for more information.

Key Features:

  • Manages your music stored on USB hard drives, NAS, and streamed content from TIDAL and Qobuz
  • Runs Roon OS and is controlled by the Roon apps for iOS, Android, macOS, Windows
  • Streams music to Sonos®, AirPlay®, Google®, Roon Ready™, Roon Tested™ and many other audio devices
  • Silent design with no fans or moving parts
  • Requires a Roon subscription (available here)
  • Roon OS boasts a string of features and enhancements that are only available to Nucleus customers

Learn more about what makes Roon Nucleus and Nucleus+ special in our 'Nucleus Explained' article.

Technical Data

Nucleus:

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.

Nucleus+:

Library Capacity: Over 10,000 albums (100,000 tracks)
Multi-Room Streaming Over 6 Simultaneous Zones
DSP Capability: All DSP functions available

Common Features:

Input Voltage: 12-19V DC
I/O Ports:

2 x USB 3.0 (can be used for hard drive and/or DAC)
2 x HDMI (stereo and multi-channel audio output)
Internal Drive: 2.5” SATA SSD or HDD up to 15mm drive height
Dimensions: 267mm (W) x 267mm (D) x 61mm (H)
Home Automation Features: Control4 and Crestron Drivers
Weight: 3.2kg (excluding power supply)
Accessories: Power Supply / Quick-Start Guide

FAQ

Why Nucleus?

Roon Labs has always had an open approach to providing its software for the best user experience. That's why you can continue to install Roon on your normal laptop or desktop PC, or you can even make your own bespoke server solution using their freely available installation files. However, Roon Labs also wanted to manufacture a server - not only so customers could get local dealer support, a warranty and all the conveniences that go with it - so customers could purchase a plug-and-play solution that's purpose designed to unlock and exploit every feature within Roon.

Learn more about what makes Roon Nucleus and Nucleus+ special in our 'Nucleus Explained' article.


What is the difference between this Nucleus and the original version?

The Nucleus and Nucleus+ models released in 2018 (now called Rev A) have the same technical ability as the later 2019 model (Rev B). In the revision, Roon Labs moved production from the Far East back into the US, changed to more eco-friendly packaging, improved production processes and changed the chassis. The principle benefit of the chassis change is it allows for access to a second HDMI port on the back panel, and increases the internal space for a hard drive from 9mm to 15mm (as of August 2019 that covers storage drives up to 5TB).


Is there a full user guide available?

Roon have published a complete user guide on their website. Click here to view it. The Roon website is also the ideal place to learn more about the intricacies of Roon's superior software. Visit www.roonlabs.com


Can I control Roon any other way?

Roon Nucleus and Nucleus+ owners have exclusive access to integrate Control4 or Crestron home automation systems with their server. Click here for more information Control4 drivers. Click here for more information on Crestron drivers.

For more help and advice visit our Tech Support section

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