dCS kit is Roon Ready, and largely not a part of your questions as it “just works”. You would be better served reviewing the Roon forums, where questions about Roon Core hardware are quite common and already answered.
Just for the sake of clarity, Bartok does no streaming. The streaming is all done, well, upstream. Get a good Roon device. If it’s in your budget, I strongly recommend a Roon Nucleus or Nucleus+. I’ve done the Mac mini, the NAS (Synology), and the NUC. Skip the headaches. Get the Nucleus.
I’m pleased that you love you new Bartók. Is yours with or without the headphone output?
I also have a Bartók on order. Black, without the headphone output. I have been told it will be around 8 weeks before it arrives, due to huge demand.
I have my Roon Core on a Roon Nucleus. It contains an SSD which contains my music files.
As Greg has suggested, if you can afford it, go for it! The reason that I didn’t buy a NAS, which to be fair, is a cheaper option, I had a Qnap NAS which was on it’s last legs, so I thought rather than get another NAS, go the whole way and get a Nucleus. Core, storage, all in one unit! It’s a solid build, quiet with no fan.
Thanks guys. I’ll go for the Nucleus then. What about the ssd discs to be included? What do you recommend? Also would you recommend plugging the Nucleus into the network via Ethernet or to the Barton via USB? As I said, I would like to upsample the music from the Bartok only. Thanks again.