Ah okay...yea I have an internal SS HDD in the Aries Mini with the music stored on it, but Roon is running on my home desktop computer which is always plugged in. I don't have Sonos or any systems like that, so the Mini is plugged into my living room sound system right now. I'll eventually get a different/better DAC but for now have waited on buying any components like that until I decide what I want...I have been pretty happy with the setup thus far though and if/when I add Roon full time to it, I'll be even happier.Can there Ares Mini be a core? I thought it was only capable of being an endpoint?
Anyway, not connected to the hifi system so it reduced noise. Computers and hard drives are noisy both in terms of sound and electronically so theoretically that can feed back into the system.
I have the NUC running all the time as a core. So my Sonos or hifi or whatever can always access it. It sits in my hallway connected to the router by Ethernet. I then have a box connected to my DAC by USB that is the end point.