Synopsis: Roon is the best music software we know of. Nothing works better and nothing sounds better. It’s also very easy to use. Since it works with both audiophile systems and multi-room audio systems we believe it’s the software of choice for those who love music.
I’ve been using Roon software at home for over a year now and I’m convinced that this is quite simply the best music software in the world. I started using it as a replacement player running on a Mac Mini connected the DAC of the Avantgarde Acoustics Zero 1 Pro loudspeakers. I had previously used Amarra, soundBlade, Pure Music and Audirvana. Roon isn’t just a player however, and to get the best out of it you should think of it as an ecosystem or suite of software tools designed to provide the best digital playback experience.
Before I talk about the technology behind Roon let me first talk about the experience of using Roon to playback your favorite music. It’s quite easy to use and it’s intuitive interface allows everyone in the family to select the music they enjoy. For those who enjoy records it’s a bit like flipping through a record bin and pulling out your choice. It’s rich visual interface mimics the way we look for an album by its cover art.
The Roon Server is a software component designed to run on a computer server or a NAS device. I’m currently using a Mac Mini server to run Roon Server. The Roon Server handles the music database and integrates music libraries stored locally and streaming music from Tidal. It also handles artwork, metadata and complex DSP functions and it allows you to customize the listening experience in many different ways.
Roon Bridge is software that can run on a computer connected to a DAC. The Roon Server streams the digital music to the Roon Bridge. There are also a number of devices that are recognizable by the Roon Server including products from Sonos, Bluesound, B&O Play (via AirPlay), Naim Mu-so, Devialet Phantom and dCS. I’m currently using Sonos, Bluesound, and Apple TV to stream music via Roon to every room in the house as well as to a dCS Network Bridge in the music room. This is one of the most powerful features of Roon in that I have a common interface to play music on multiple devices throughout my whole home.
Roon Remote runs on my iPad Air and that allows me to select the music I want to play but it also delivers album artwork and rich metadata including hot links to other albums the artists have performed on. It’s a great tool for exploring and enjoying music. Form the Roon Remote you can also program the Roon Core and the Roon Bridge or any device on the local network that connects to Roon.
Roon Labs recently announced they will offer dedicated computer servers as a plug-and-play solution. It features an optimized Linux operating system preloaded with Roon Server, a fan-less enclosure and an external power supply. All you need to do is plug it in and connect it to your computer network and you are up and running!
At Tech Expo 2017 we will be demonstrating Roon and soon, when the new Nucleus + servers are released, we will be one of the first dealers and custom installers to carry them in Canada. We plan to have it replace our current Mac Mini server and connected to nearly every device in the store so you can see how it works with everything from Sonos all-in-one speakers to the Devialet Expert system. Stop in for a demonstration and see how this new software can make your music listening experience better.
Synopsis: Sonos, Bluesound, B&O Play, Naim and Devialet Phantom and Expert - come hear the latest in multi-room audio and see how Roon can send your favorite music to one device or nearly any combination of devices we have on display in the store.
In addition to Roon we will be demonstrating how the software sounds with a number of devices and systems. The new Sonos One and the complete Sonos line of all-in-one speakers will be on display. If you are interested in the all-in-one concept but prefer something that can stream high-resolution music we will also have the complete Bluesound line of all-in-one speakers on display as well as the separate components that integrate well with a more traditional hi-fi system.
We will also be showing the B&O Play A9 speaker, the Naim Mu-so speakers and the Devialet Phantoms. These large more powerful systems are great for living rooms and larger spaces in your home. We have the complete line of Devialet Phantom speakers including the powerful Gold Phantom.
For the high-end stereo enthusiast we will have the Devialet Expert system on display with Martin Logan, Focal and Paradigm speakers.
Synopsis: The Mytek Manhattan DAC II with Roon Networking card and the Audeze LCD line of headphones will allow you to experience MQA on one of the newest DAC/headphone amplifiers on the market today.
In keeping with the Roon theme, we have brought into the store the Mytek Manhattan DAC II with a Roon networking card. This combines a number of features including Roon integration, MQA decoding, DAC and headphone amplifier. We will be displaying this with several of the Audeze LCD series headphones including the LCD-X, LCD-XC, LCD-2, LCD-3, and LCD-4.
One of the great features of Roon is the ability to apply a DSP curve optimized for each specific LCD model of Audeze headphones providing you with the best possible sound.
If it arrives on time we will also have a new HeadAmp GS-X Mk2 balanced headphone amplifier which will allow us to run a total of five Audeze headphones at the same time. Compare the LCD series while listening to MQA through a leading-edge DAC!
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