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Roon Music Player and Library Management Software Review

astr0b0y

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#61
allows for fully isolated (from the internet) operation while still providing its most useful features.
Not really. Need's to phone home to check that server has correct credentials (active subscription, only active on one device at a time). Their privacy statement is fairly straightforward and readily available. They do collect data.

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Source: screen capture of a Roon forum thread reply number 4.

A couple of threads on their forum discuss data privacy etc..

https://community.roonlabs.com/t/what-information-is-roon-server-collecting-from-me/76878/2
https://community.roonlabs.com/t/do...-available-to-other-firms-or-entities/71407/3
 
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On every new piece of content you add to your library, data needs to be sent up what it is to get metadata. So that can't be avoided. And unless they say otherwise, they probably track statistical data on their servers for this.

What they do with radio feature, I have not looked. Or suggestions. Either may be cloud based and data going back and forth.
 

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#63
Soooo ... I'm intrigued by the idea of what Roon does, but I have reservations. Specifically, I have a severe allergy to business models that include behavioral data collection.
Might need to stop using Google search, Amazon, YouTube, hosted email services, Uber, etc. etc.
 

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I really enjoy Roon with Qobuz integration. I feel like a kid in a candy store! I have it running on a headless miniPC using the convolution engine for a 3 way digital tri-amped system.

I would love to see a loudness control added. Also the ability to use VST plugins, but my understanding this is not possible in the existing software architecture.
Great to hear that you are enjoying Roon now as well! Can‘t wait for new hacks from you how to eg integrate Room Shaper with Roon?
 
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Hi,

Just came here for some gear advices and found this topic. Hope someone finds this post useful. I started using Roon about three months ago and I am stunned by it. It is awesome with my headphone gear and made my old stereo shine again. I spend a year on looking for a proper streaming solution of my ripped CD collection. I have tested several DLNA solutions and they are far from perfect. In short, wrong meta data handling, frequent errors, long playback start times plus no basic functions like jumping to a given moment of a song using seek bar. Some example issues that I had with DLNA solutions: Serviio did not share playlists to players. Emby displayed duplicated artists. Denon Heos reordered playlists giving no control over it. Just awful.

Roon uses own protocol named RAAT instead of DLNA and it is so good. It simply works and causes no issues with playback at all. It does not ignore my files mata data plus nicely enriches them. It allows basic stuff like jumping to a particular song time via seek bar and offers functions that I would never dream of in DLNA solutions. Roon software DSP is amazing. Parametric EQ, crosfeed and automatic volume leveling. Last one is a killer feature as modern CDs tend to be 10-20dB louder than ones from 80s. I have always been struggling with playlists composed from old and new songs due to loudness war. Now problem solved! Love it! And it is possible to have separate settings for each audio system.

The only drawback is very poor Android support. If you have Android-based DAP and want to use it with Roon system, there is going to be a lot of problems. Roon is reworking Android piece of software but currently it is no go. My DAP (iBasso DX160) needs frequent restarting when working with Roon. Otherwise starting playback takes half a minute and gets interrupted after a while. Unusable. According to Roon forums Fiio M11 performs much better. There are also issues with lossless playback as Roon has some problems with accessing Android DAP hardware and some work is performed by software. Not sure about details.

Going back to good things. Roon created well prepared software installers for popular operating systems: Windows, Linux, OSX. There is also a good choice in 3rd party Linux distributions which work nicely as Roon players. This is very good news as Roon Nucleus and Roon compatibile network players prices are high. I was able to cut cost by 75% with some DIY. It is possible to go down to 80% when choosing cheaper components. For Roon Server I picked Intel NUC8i3BEK in passively cooled case (Akasa Turing) working on Ubuntu Server 18.04. It also works as a router that manages Roon Wi-Fi network. My streamers are based on Raspberry Pi 4 with HFiBerry Digi+ Pro working on Ropiee (custom Linux distribution dedicated for Roon). It works perfectly and is very cost effective. I am adding some photos (click to enlarge) of my custom built devices.

Server:


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This is how software looks like:
 
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#66
I did come across a lot of software during the last 40 years, and Roon is one of the finest pieces have seen so far. Totally agree with the review. Initially I thought that I would need not something like that, but am totally sold now. I use it simply on a Pc attached via HDMI to an Oppo103 and so on. Works great. Late in the evening I can simply start my bedroom Raspberry and continue listening to Roon. Something to be proud about in the audio community.
 
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