I’m lucky enough to get my hands on a HiFi Rose RS250. Very impressed so far. Sounds much cleaner and resolving than my PC as a streamer. I have not yet tested the internal DAC of RS250 but I’m sure it’s pretty good too.
It’s mesmerizing to watch the music playback screen (most beautiful playback screen I have ever seen) and listen to music. The VU meters look good too, very realistic and could pass as real mechanical meters at first glance.
Rose OS and Rose Connect app are so good I might don’t even need Roon in the future, although RS250 was almost immediately recognized by Roon and works as an Roon endpoint flawlessly. IMHO HiFi Rose software meshes so well with their hardware it’s almost at Apple level. Considering HiFi Rose only have 30 something employees it’s no small feat. RS250 really is a revolutionary product and I will go as far as to say HiFi Rose reinvented streamers!
Now let’s see for how many years I can resist upgrading to RS150 or next flagship