Nucleus by Roon Labs


The Nucleus and Nucleus+ appliances were conceived to bring Roon to a wide audience of music lovers, particularly those who aren’t highly technical or interested in do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. By tightly integrating high-performance hardware with an optimized operating system and purpose-built software, they provide a simple way to get the richest possible Roon experience. They represent the culmination of an extensive product design and engineering effort, combining the Roon team’s years of experience designing media server hardware and extensive software development expertise.

The Nucleus product line was developed with several goals in mind:

  • A turn-key Roon Core that does not require a Mac, PC, or NAS
  • Computing power to support Roon’s requirements now and in the future
  • Ease of use – little to no customer support required after installation
  • Software and firmware updates downloaded “over the air” and managed by the end user
  • Reliable and robust operation – tamper-resistant and nothing to service
  • Audiophile-friendly – no fans or moving parts



Specifications Nucleus + 

Description: Dedicated music server using an Intel i7 microprocessor with 8GB RAM, 64GB SSD, and internal, 7mm-high, 2.5″ HDD/SSD bay (basic Nucleus uses an i3 processor, 4GB RAM, and 64GB SSD). Ports: Gigabit Ethernet, 2 USB 3.0, HDMI, Thunderbolt 3. Power consumption: 10W.
Dimensions: 8.3″ (211mm) W by 2.95″ (75mm) H by 6.1″ (155mm) D. Weight: 5.5 lb (2.5kg).
Finish: Dark Matte Gray.


Enter the Nucleus+
Roon’s COO, Danny Dulai, visited in late February, bringing with him a Nucleus+. Priced at $2498, this uses an Intel i7 processor/NUC board and has 8GB of RAM and a 64GB SSD solid-state drive. The basic Nucleus costs $1398 and uses an i3 processor with 4GB RAM and a 64GB SSD. Both Nucleuses have a single gigabit Ethernet port, two USB 3.0 ports that can be used both to connect external drives and to feed data to a USB DAC, an HDMI port that can be used for both stereo and multichannel audio, and a Thunderbolt 3 port, so far unused. The Nucleus+ can output audio data simultaneously to more than six zones, one of which can be the iPad running the app. The Nucleus can cope with six zones.    READ MORE