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#272695 - 2018-02-05 17:21 Roon and Mac Mini
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Audiophile1970 Offline
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Hello all,

I recently purchased a Mac Mini and wanted to use that with Roon.

My goal is to output the audio via HDMI into a HD621. Is that doable and if so what settings should I use when setting up Roon so it doesn't mess (down sample, etc.) with the audio?

On a side note I'm doing all this so I can eliminate a Logitech SBT that I currently use and just want to have something that is going to work all the time and not some of the time. I plan on leaving the Mac on 24/7 with Roon running.

Also is this going to improve the audio quality by going HDMI vs coax digital and removing the SBT.

Thanks in advance!

Steve


Meridian owner since 1995
Meridian G68ADV, DSP5200, DSP5200HC, HD621, KEF DiPole Surrounds, M&K MX-200 Subwoofer, Oppo BDP-103, Squeezebox touch, Explorer, Mac Mini w/Roon, Apple TV.
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#272697 - 2018-02-05 17:43 Re: Roon and mac mini [Re: Audiophile1970]
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Are you running Roon Core on the Mac Mini?

It should be fine. Bear in mind that HDMI can be quite jittery, but the HD621 should sort that out.


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#272699 - 2018-02-05 17:52 Re: Roon and mac mini [Re: dpstjp]
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Audiophile1970 Offline
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Yes


Meridian owner since 1995
Meridian G68ADV, DSP5200, DSP5200HC, HD621, KEF DiPole Surrounds, M&K MX-200 Subwoofer, Oppo BDP-103, Squeezebox touch, Explorer, Mac Mini w/Roon, Apple TV.
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#272702 - 2018-02-05 19:07 Re: Roon and mac mini [Re: Audiophile1970]
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Buy a Raspberry Pi and Allo Digione, then go coax into your gear.

This will sound so much nicer.


No Darling, I've had it months!
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#272707 - 2018-02-05 21:01 Re: Roon and mac mini [Re: gIzzE]
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Alternative recommendation, Innuos Zen Mini (Roon ready).


My Mac can go all the way to XI - Mac user since 1988 - Meridian owner since 1993.
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#272717 - 2018-02-06 07:33 Re: Roon and mac mini [Re: gIzzE]
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#272726 - 2018-02-06 10:35 Re: Roon and mac mini [Re: Neil H]
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Yeah, but to be honest the Digione Hat is $99, and you can buy a Pi for $40 so seems a pricey way to do it, but you get a case and maybe a PSU?


No Darling, I've had it months!
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#272729 - 2018-02-06 11:52 Re: Roon and mac mini [Re: gIzzE]
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Neil H Offline
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Thanks

They say it's plug and play. I saw a picture of a wall wart power supply somewhere.

I'm going to give it a try.

Neil


MC200, MS200, Oppo 93VL, G65, Revivers, DSP5000.2, DSP5000C.2, SME10/IV.
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#272730 - 2018-02-06 12:05 Re: Roon and mac mini [Re: Neil H]
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Hi Steve,

Given all the other Meridian kit in your signature you may wish to consider an MS200. I previously had roon on the Mac mini going via the HD621 direct into my DSP's and using the MS200 made a noticeable improvement.

Cheers,
David


DSP5200SE, 218, HD621, Roon on old Lenovo laptop, PS4, Humax PVR
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#272735 - 2018-02-06 13:46 Re: Roon and mac mini [Re: Mesmo]
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Can you tell me the cost of a MS200? Also how would I connect it? Do I use the Sooloos app and dump Roon? Do I eliminate the SBT and mac mini?

Steve


Meridian owner since 1995
Meridian G68ADV, DSP5200, DSP5200HC, HD621, KEF DiPole Surrounds, M&K MX-200 Subwoofer, Oppo BDP-103, Squeezebox touch, Explorer, Mac Mini w/Roon, Apple TV.
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#272736 - 2018-02-06 14:05 Re: Roon and mac mini [Re: Audiophile1970]
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MS200 works perfectly with Roon although it’s not a RAAT device, so you can’t sync it with RAAT zones.

MSR+ commands work in Roon this way.


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#272771 - 2018-02-07 10:43 Re: Roon and mac mini [Re: Audiophile1970]
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Originally Posted By Audiophile1970
Can you tell me the cost of a MS200? Also how would I connect it? Do I use the Sooloos app and dump Roon? Do I eliminate the SBT and mac mini?
You still need the Roon Core on the Mac Mini.


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