Agreed, now that they have the HDMI/ARC module for the new Uniti line, it’s an appealing (no-brainer?!?) feature to bundle into the 272+ … which I’m imagining will be a Nova sans power amp (ie improved streaming platform, fancy decoupling for digital signals, etc.), plus a couple of analog inputs (probably, and that’s a huge request from the update thread anyway), plus (if they have an all-analog signal path, as opposed to the ultra-high-res ADC with matching DAC path implementation of analog inputs on Nova) maybe the new phono input module from the SN3, and then whatever they decide can work in the way of potential power supply upgrades (up to and including the possibility of using “both sides” of the 555PS, if I’ve understood the requests again from the update thread).
Ha, but gently reminding that not everyone despises the Nova aesthetics (even if the love for the truly gorgeous Atom is almost universally higher!)… It’s easily the best looking thing on my rack (which has the lovely Nova, the innocuous cable / per box, and a plain stealth-but-shiny black “brains” box for the Samsung Frame tv)… yer basic home electronics industrial design for the present.
ps - thumbs up for giving Roon a try and using a cheap and cheerful way of sending it to your existing Qute: free with some effort to set up a UPnP bridge on your NAS, probably best to check out the how-to thread by @trickydickie; cheap with a Chromecast Audio and TOSLink cable; still reasonably cheap with a Raspberry Pi running RoPieee as a Roon endpoint. With this last, you have full flexibility to go as cheap or expensive as you wish, choosing a hat (to get SPDIF into one of the Qute digital inputs) or DAC (to go into one of the Qute analog inputs. This would also allow you to get yourself organized for your plan B in the event that the updated 272 doesn’t float your boat when it arrives, since you will have all the logistics in place to use an analog preamp and combine with your in-house streaming and DAC solution.
This very morning I just resurrected an old NAD receiver for the bedroom system (the Atom has moved to Munich) with a RoPieee / USB DAC solution, and it was a ton of fun and very satisfying to hear streaming music coming out of a box that has been earmarked for de-cluttering / disposal via the good will shop)… the goal is not to succumb to expensive DAC experimentation, but we will see how that goes!
pps - you could also be the first to explore one of the many cheap but effective-looking HDMI/ARC extractor boxes, which connects to your tv and provides an optical or coax SPDIF signal to, say, you Qute; not very expensive, possibly fit for purpose, and a guarantee of Forum Fame ™ if you’re the guy to figure out how to teach an old streaming platform dog yet another cool new trick!
Best wishes for fun times between now and May (and beyond)!