After receiving requests for multiple drives, the ability to accept add-on cards, an internal power supply and more, we decided to take the StreamPlayer Gen III to the next leve - to create a "special edition" StreamPlayer. The resulting larger chassis now accomodates mutliple drives. The OS and Roon are installed on a dedicated 256GB Solid State Drive. Standard internal music storage is via a 2TB hard drive. But this can be expanded with optional drives including a 4TB SSD for fast performance.
Expandability means you can add cards like the SOtM tX-USBexp Audiophile PCIe to USB Audio Card or others. And internal power supply with a detachable power cord means no power dongles!
Combine a Quad Core i7Core Intel processor, 16GB of memory and an operating system with Roon running on a ultra-fast SSD, and you have a system that provides lightning fast response times.
Roon and Tidal
Roon is pre-installed on the StreamPlayer Gen III SE. You are not required to use it, as the Gen III SE has all the functionality of our Gen II version built in as well. But it is there for you when you are ready. There is even a Roon trial period so you can explore its rich user interface and discover for yourself how it fundamentally changes the way you explore music. A word of warning though: Once you experience Roon's powerful and intuitive interface, you will never want to listen to music without it. It is that good.
If you subscribe to Tidal, things get even better. You can link your Tidal account to Roon and you'll have instant, seamless access to millions of CD-quality music tracks at your fingertips. As you explore Tidal, you'll no doubt discover artists you were previously not familiar with. Or, you'll find tracks you loved in the past, but don't presently have in your library. In either case, you can add tracks to your local ROON library and access it as if it were stored right on your StreamPlayer. So from a user perspective, there is no difference between your personal music stored locally or that streamed from Tidal. That type of integration is as seamless as it gets.
The Roon Experience
There is always a learning curve acquainting yourself with any new user interface. But, in the case of Roon, the interface is so rich and intuitive, that learning curve is minimal. Once mastered, you will possess a powerful new tool that will expand your musical horizons and enhance the enjoyment of your entire audio system. And after all, isn't that why we share our passion for quality audio in the first place? Roon is your front end to a magical musical world.