I bought a Cary Audio DMS 700 (traded for it, actually) because I wanted to ease myself away from physical disc spinning. I had an old NAS, so I began ripping my redbook collection using dBpoweramp software (Wave codec). The DMS set up was easy enough. The index process takes too long and is a bit finicky, but the DAC delivers sound quality well beyond my expectations. I was actually intending to use it for several months while figuring out how to get a dCS Bartok or similar. That was more of a fantasy anyhow, so I focused on a server solution and decided that an Intel NUC with Roon Optimized Core Kit fit the bill. I didn't want a DIY project, but I'm not in the market for a Pink Faun or Baetis, etc. Installing the hardware, 2 RAM sticks, M.2 SSD (for RoonOS), and 4TB SSD (for music files), was easy, but the software process was a bit involved. It would be easy now that I've done it (or for a computer hobbyist). I'm loving Roon. I've got 50 days of trial remaining. The hefty lifetime fee looms! Anyone else taken the plunge recently? Thinking about it? Share here.