Roon Nucleus

The best way to experience Roon. At any price.

  • Manages your music stored on USB hard drives, NAS, and streamed content from TIDAL
  • Runs Roon OS and is controlled by the Roon Remote apps for iPad, iPhone, macOS, Android, and Windows
  • Streams music to USB, Sonos®, AirPlay®, Roon Ready™, and many other audio devices
  • Silent design with no fans or moving parts
  • Requires a Roon subscription

Nucleus is the center of your Roon music system. It’s the housekeeper, the traffic cop, 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, Devialet, KEF, Meridian, Squeezebox, 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.


  Nucleus Nucleus Plus
  Normal User Power User
Input voltage 12-19V DC 12-19V DC
I/O ports (2x) USB 3.0 (can be used for hard drive and/or DAC) (2x) USB 3.0 (can be used for hard drive and/or DAC)
  (2x) HDMI (stereo and multi-channel audio output) (2x) HDMI (stereo and multi-channel audio output)
  Gigabit Ethernet LAN Gigabit Ethernet LAN
Internal drive (optional) 2.5” SATA SSD or HDD 2.5” SATA SSD or HDD
Library capacity Up to 10,000 albums (100,000 tracks) Over 10,000 albums (100,000 tracks)
Multi-room streaming Up to 6 simultaneous zones Over 6 simultaneous zones
DSP capability All DSP functions available in the PCM domain. Certain combinations of functions using DSD source or destination formats, upsampling, or multichannel processing may not be possible. All DSP functions available.