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We Love to Listen

19th April 2018 -

Forget everything you know about digital music players

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Music is an experience, and Roon reconnects you with it.

But to get the most out of your Roon experience, Roon Labs felt they needed to enter the hardware game, joining with Intel to produce the ultimate Roon server for a truly seamless experience in any use environment.

Appearing in the UK for the first time in March 2018, Nucleus is the center of your Roon music system. It’s the housekeeper, the traffic police, 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,  Naim, Devialet, KEF, 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!

Since its introduction in 2015, Roon has transformed the experience of browsing music.

Artist photos, credits, bios, reviews, lyrics, tour dates and composers are located automatically within the software and then interconnected by links to build a surfable, searchable digital magazine for your music collection. Roon finds all the same links between your personal files and the millions of tracks available on TIDAL™, so you can start with the music you know, then explore and discover new music beyond your own collection.

Roon plays to a number of different types of devices on your home network and can be controlled from a dedicated control app. For these reasons, Roon has quickly developed into the ultimate high-performance software for audiophiles across the globe. Due to this success, Roon Labs have seen a need to enter the hardware market to produce the ultimate server for their software; the Nucleus and Nucleus+. Both models look and function in the same way, with the only difference being the feature abilities of the Intel® Core™ i3 (Nucleus) and i7 (Nucleus+) processors employed.

How Roon works

Roon is designed differently from most audio systems.

Roon consists of a single core and as many controls and outputs as you need. This means you get the same Roon experience whether you're running on a single streamer, a PC or on devices around your home.

The Core

A Roon system starts with a core – it’s the traffic police, the housekeeper, and the brains behind the operation.

PC storage

USB storage

Roon metadata

iTunes library



The core manages your music collection from many sources, and builds an interconnected digital library using enhanced information from Roon.

The core can be your Mac or Windows PC, or a server from one of our hardware partners.


Learn more about why Roon requires a core.

Controlling Roon

You browse and play music with Roon apps on all your devices – Mac, Windows, iPad, iPhone, and Android devices.

control apps


Audio outputs

Roon streams to all the audio gear you have, and makes it all play nicely together.

control apps



Any Mac or Windows PC can be an output, as can Airplay network players.  For the ultimate in performance audio, use network players from our Roon Ready partners.

Example configurations

The simplest configuration is Roon on a computer. Just download the Roon app and you’re ready to go.






Roon with remote control

Control Roon with the same rich user experience on all your devices. Available for phones, tablets, and PCs!






Multi-room music

Finally – high-resolution, multi-protocol, multi-room streaming for your whole home.

Roon streams formats up to 384kHz/24-bit PCM and DSD256 to Roon Ready devices, and intelligently converts audio to the optimal resolution for other devices.