My Observations and opinions on getting the Naim streamer, Synology NAS and Roon Core playing together.
Very frustrating and a basic exercise in chasing your own tail in a circle, as there is little documented support you will get from the above three brands. You will find large amounts of solutions on the internet and I wish you well with that if you so choose.
I have a better solution for those wanting a quality audiophile solution at the best price that will give you the best solution now and going forward.
First Solution for ND5XS
Purchase a Sonore UPnP Bridge from smallgreencomputers. About $250.00 USD.
It plugs into your router and then you run a web browser to set it up and discover your ND5XS and Synology. The technical support is awesome by email, remote access and yes hold on, a human on a telephone, very rare these days. SGC somewhat specializes in the issue with the ND5XS.
The installation from SGC also includes the software to integrate a squeezebox lite, so that your ND5XS is a renderer seen by Roon Core. Roon uses different terms, endpoints, audio outputs, and another I cannot even remember as I get a mental block with Roon these days. It is very confusing when going through the install process and Roon should get this changed to one terminology period.
You must also install Roon Core V 1.8 for Synology from Roon website for your Synology NAS. Be advised Roon Core takes an immense amount of CPU power, and also must be installed on an SSD not a spinning drive. So, either an SSD in one of your slots, not the SSD cache, or an external SSD connected on the USB port on back of NAS. All devices must on the same subnet, Sonore UPnP, Naim ND5XS, and Modem. The Sonore UPnp and squeeze box lite are from Little Green Computer.
Any iPad or iPhone will require a Roon App download (apple store in my case) and a Roon account. When you purchase the Sonore UPnP Bridge unit from SGC you get a 60 trial Roon service code, which is better than the standard Roon 14-day trial.
For most users this should be a solution for the next year. Be advised that Synology current DSM is v 6.2, version DSM 7.? Is not yet compatible with RoonCore.
In my case I could not get everything working. My VSwitch is not enabled, nor is firewall, nor anti-virus software. These are only some of the issues. Which leads me to the next solution.
ND5XS and hardware solutions for Roon.
First, if the above Sonore UPnP does not work in your case, you can return it (30 days) for a full refund and purchase the following: (which is my case)
Then forget the Synology NAS, you can still use it for your music library if you choose, but it is not a long-term solution unless you are a geek who is seeking challenges. It simply does not work for me.
Purchase a sonictransporter i5 (Gen 3). $1358 CAD delivered from smallgreencomputers. You will need to add customs and tax. I purchased a separate 2.5” 1TB SSD drive for $150 CAD to install my music library on, although you can leave it on your NAS if you wish. This slips into a slot on back of the Sonic transporter i5, very smart. The RoonCore v1.8 and all software runs on a separate SD card already installed by SBC. In addition, you can also run Plex or any other media streamer now or in future. This is not available ( I stand to be corrected on this point ) on the Roon hardware solution Roon Nucleus. It is price prohibitive to upgrade my NDX5S to the NDX5S2 or to ROON Nucleus Plus which is basically a severely overpriced NUC. Of these two choices, I considered trading my ND5XS for a ND5XS2 and it was still less expensive than a Roon Nucleus, at least here in Canada.
So the sonictransporter i5 (Gen 3) is the best overall choice for me (and open solution) going forward. It is audiophile quality and allows the Naim DAC to do its process, and it will run DSP. It does not tie me to a Naim or Roon solution in the years to come, and allows the balance of my NAIM classic components to integrate seamlessly. It comes with lifetime support with a human via email, remote access, and even phone! Marvellous a conversation, not a helpbot. Downstream I can incorporate the sonictransporter i5 with a video library, and media software such as Plex and others. (Note that Plex and video are not as CPU and resource intensive as audio and ROON), to my surprise. This is great for most applications, as Plex sometimes has issues with 4K videos at the moment. Nothing daunting, but I am being mindfull and as prepared going forward as I can on the video side.
As technology moves forward it seems that Naim, Synology and Roon are all on different paths.
Ps: Absolutely wonderful support from Andrew at small green computer. KUDOS!
Please be guided accordingly, each situation is different. I am an audiophile with both digital (Naim/PMC) and analogue (Linn/Dynavector). Like most of us I am on a budget. Music is a large part of my life and brings me immense joy and contentment.
Hope this assists those with similar issue.
Dan Holmes, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada