Basically, the granddaddy of audiophile music software. That shows you biographies of artists, concert dates. Reviews recommendations and clickable links to other artists. You can play your own ripped or downloaded music content, your itunes library or plumbing lossless streaming services like tidal and quobars and add cross source playlists roone have just brought out version 1.8, but before we start the first question goes: thusly Music roon requires heavy processing and Indexing of music so needs what is the brains of the system, which they call a core, not so much as little britain’s computer says no it’s very much. The computer says yes in this context: this could be at a basic level: a windows, pc mac or linux operating system server such as an intel, nuc or nook or small, green computers, sonic transporter i5 or also not exclusively. You could use a qnap room network attached, storage drive or in your server, which doubles as a cd, ripper nas drive and a linux server for roon. Alternatively, you could use roon’s own nucleus server, which is based on the intel nuc. If you don’t want to buy servers with roon already installed like the nucleus or those from inuos, then buying a linux based server like the intel nuc, you just add room software for free, which is called rock. The nucleus and nucleus plus do suit people with deeper pockets who can’t be bothered to faff as the roon software comes pre installed, but as the nucleus is based on the intel nuc, which is cheaper, you can save money by installing roon on an nuc yourself.

If you wish, then just subscribing to roon to get stored music to the core for indexing, you could have music on pcs. Usb storage drives connected to the core, an nas drive on the network or an itunes library, for example, tidal and qobuz streaming services can be connected to the core over the network, stroke internet, you have what room call endpoint outputs, which is where the music signal comes To an end, as far as the roon journey is concerned, this could be a dac like a chord cue test or audioquest dragonfly, cobalt, headphone dac or a streamer like the bluesound node2i, an integrated amplifier with a dac like this hegel, h’0 or active speakers like kef Lsx or even an integrated streaming amp like the nad m10, also, a chromecasting capable audio output device like a chromecast, audio or airplay 2 compatible device as roon handles these streaming platforms too. In my systems, at the moment, i have an inus zenith as a core which also has its own solid state, hard drive for storing cd, rips and network music and attached to that on the network. I have a basic nas drive for lesser quality music as endpoints. I have the cord cutist, which is connected to the core via usb directly and an nadm10 wirelessly over wifi, which i’ve got connected to some kef ls50 meta speakers at the moment. Excellent speakers, by the way my macbook is connected wirelessly, which can be an endpoint playing music using its speaker or headphone output, and to its usb c port.

I can connect the dragonfly cobalt as an endpoint or my rme adi2 dac fs stack via usb from the macbook itself. Blue cell node 2i can also be used as an endpoint, and so too this aloo digi, one signature, raspberry pi based streamer. These types of installations are fairly typical of what people will be using and go crazy if you want to by having endpoints everywhere, which could be drawing music independently or in party mode having them all linked playing at the same time around your place by the way They are in sync, in contrast to a really bad lip. Sync, film Applause is looking at you kid and in this respect, they’re as good as the mesh network, syncing capabilities of sonos speakers, roon calls, endpoints, roon, ready or roon tested. Roon ready means that roon can digest music quality up to the highest standards of that endpoint source or the quality of the music used. You can do things like control volume on some devices. The nad m10 and cutis dac are examples of roon ready products. This rme adi 2 dac fs will play as an output connected to a pc or, in my case, a mac via usb as an equivalent to upnp roon call their audio transport protocol rat Music roon is controlled in its app called roon remote on an apple or Android tablet, windows, pc or apple mac. It could very well be that the apple mac has room remote.

It also acts as the core, and it also is a roon endpoint output with its speakers. Alternatively, you can have a tablet or phone with room remote, controlling a computer like the mac as a core and output, and, finally, all three can be separate. There is a shop in the uk called the white company that sells everything, white and roon takes its cues. Similarly, with really clean, modern museum style, graphic presentation on the main home page, you have a summary of the number of artists and tracks. I don’t have that many on there at the moment as i’m, currently doing some upgrades scroll downwards, however, which is new in 1.8 by being vertical, by the way to go to what you’ve recently played and added i’ve been listening to a chilled out. Electronic album called in emptiness by eastern sun, which is a drum and bass album with lots of atmospheric soundscaping music, if i can put it like that scroll down and it makes suggestions of new album releases and what you have been listening to. It also shows you how much you’ve listened recently, what you’ve been listening to radio stations, recent artists and some genres and making recommendations to you as well at the bottom. You’Ve got a graphic of the endpoint which is playing in this case. My rme click on that and it opens up all the endpoint outputs. If you click on the artist link in the left, pane and then say, agnes obal and then read the biography.

You can see all the artists she is similar to, or has collaborated with, and then click on the discovery tab at the top, and it shows you all the albums she has made and if you scroll down what albums she has appeared on Music, one of the First, things to do in roon is to go into the settings. Tab on the left, hand, pane and then click on the audio sub item, and this is where it shows you all the devices, both roon, ready and roon tested ones plus. This is also where you add new devices and name them when you’re playing music. If you click on the little green star, it opens up the signal path window. It will show you where the music has come from sample rates, file type and any conversion, plus the output device that’s being used in this case playing music from my macbook to the rme Music roon seems to have been tweaked in the way its search function called Focus now works in room 1.8. You click on focus under play now, and you go into a left and right. Scrollable selection, which will show you to different album results below. You can whittle down different options from genre date and, if you scroll right, you can even narrow options down to format, sample rate and bit depth. This is way more intuitive than the old tick box. Selections of focus in the older version of room 1.

7 roon have also tweaked how you search classical music in 1.8, although i don’t play classical that much so i haven’t really noticed much of a change today. Music say: i’m on enigma’s tremendous new age ambient album mcm xcad. I want roon to find me similar music from my library or in tidal or crowbars, which i subscribe to all i do. Is click the down arrow next to play and then select start radio room plays a track from the album and then starts playing another similar track, either with the same or different artists click the play q icon here, and it shows you what is playing and what Will play next if you skip the track, you can click on one of these three options as to why you don’t want the next track to play so that the software learns. What you like another way room radio works is that if music is finished in your play, queue because your album or track has come to an end by default room will start playing roon radio automatically. This feature is so damn intuitive and it’s found me so much new music like this avant garde ambient jean michel jar, esque, album called time wind by klaus, schulzer it’s, an awesome feature. Roon is one of those interfaces that you cannot go back to conventional apps as soon as you try it, which is basically its main usp roon is pretty much better than all the apps i’ve tried, all the free ones like m connect, wpmp and so on.

All the ones that come bundled with other streamers too, like of alex lightning ds blue, sounds blue os and the sonos app with sonos devices. I was originally a skeptic myself, but now i just wouldn’t go back to using anything else, particularly as not benefiting from roon radio would seriously pick me off, plus not having the magazine interface style of roon, so paying 120 dollars for a year’s subscription or 13 monthly. Is worth it, and particularly as audiophiles tend to spend decent sums anyway, this is a drop in the ocean really. This is why this product tickles me – if i can put it like that i’m – not just picking this up for picking up sake.