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    Bryston’s BDP-π is a rich, Roon Ready slice of Raspberry Pi

    How much is your time worth? That’s the question we might ask ourselves when first glancing at Bryston Limited’s latest digital audio streamer, the BDP-π, which for US$1295 gives us a Raspberry Pi and Hifiberry Digi+ snapped into a custom case and boxed up with switch mode power supply – a combination that might otherwise be purchased for […]

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    Roon Ready comes to Bryston BDP-1, BDP-2

    In the network audio ecosystem that is Roon, the remote tells the server (aka Core) which audio to push to the Roon endpoint, when to stop pushing, when to skip to the next track or when to play something different, even from Tidal. The most affordable Roon endpoint are the Apple TV and Apple Airport Express. In saving coin, users […]

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    SOtM prep sMS-200: LMS/MPD server, Roon Ready player

    Eunhasu is the Korean word for Milky Way (or Galaxy). It’s also the name given by South Korean digital audio company SOtM to the in-house coded, web server daemon that runs on the ARM board found inside their all new sMS-200 server/player. The control panel’s colourful config screen, accessible via IP address, puts the small hardware brick in one of three operational […]

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    Merging Technologies demo NADAC with Roon Ready, Core

    A year is very long time in digital audio. When Swiss company Merging Technologies – they of Pyramix studio consoles – launched the NADAC (“Network Attached DAC”) in early 2015, its Ethernet input and RAVENNA transmission protocol combo promised asynchronously networked digital audio. Buh-bye USB and S/PDIF. DAR caught up with the NADAC at the Munich audio show in […]

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    Roon Ready certification comes to exaSound PlayPoint

    “A Roon Ready product is a hardware audio player which has implemented RAAT and been certified by the Roon team for proper implementation”. That’s how Roon themselves describe Roon Ready. For the layman, it means the certified third party network device can play catch on the digital audio stream emanating from a Roon server before it […]

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    IQaudIO introduce Roon Ready Raspberry Pi DAC, amplifier

    Talkin’ ‘bout a revolution. On 29th February 2012 the UK’s Raspberry Pi Foundation launched its first product, the eponymous Raspberry Pi PC board, designed primarily to promote computer science skills in UK schools and developing countries. The v1 Pi arrived as a smartphone-sized bare board to which the end use would add storage media, power […]

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    What the gosh darn heck is Roon Ready?

    “Roon Ready” signage glows with a ghostly blue-white. At a number of CES 2016’s Venetian Hotel suites – in the Bryston room, in the Bel Canto room, in the Danville Electronics room (see above) – it was close to unmissable. To the uninitiated though, the questions barks some, “What the gosh darn heck is Roon Ready?” […]

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    Bryston show HDMI BDA-3, Roon Ready BDP-2 at CES 2016

    The logo that glowed from the rack central to Bryston’s main display at CES said it all: the Canadian manufacturer are one of numerous signees to the Roon Ready programme. Their Linux-based BDP-2 streamer (US$3000) enjoys frequent firmware updates, sometimes as often as once a month, and next to arrive will be Roon Endpoint playability. Elsewhere, Bitperfect playback is handled via MPD. Control outside of Roon […]

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    CES 2016: Roon Labs detail RoonReady partnerships

    Throughout 2015 I wrote the bejesus out of Roon. Go here, here, here, here, here, and here for in-depth coverage. Roon’s intuitive and clean interface screams to be touched, its meta data reveal goes coal mine deep and its network stability is rock solid, even when streaming hi-res content (which you can’t do with Apple Airplay). No surprises then that Roon was anointed DAR’s […]

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    Roon comes to the KEF LS50 Wireless

    One. The greatest hifi product of the last five years? KEF’s LS50 Wireless (US$2199) stand head and shoulders above the rest. Why? These loudspeakers are a complete high-end audio system in a box. With one eye on the more expansive world that exists beyond the audiophile ghetto, audiophile tweakery has been shown the door in […]

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    Entry-levelling: creating an iOS Roon Endpoint with iPeng

    Look up. The header image shows an iPad feeding a Peachtree nova300 integrated amplifier’s in-built DAC over USB but as a Roon Endpoint. I’m not using the Peachtree all-in-one’s DyNEC Type A USB input. This setup sounds a little better than the Raspberry Pi Roon Endpoint-setup/s introduced last week. How did we get here? The […]

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    A zero-config €65 Roon endpoint for any USB DAC

    The long way ’round. For our first dive into repurposing a Raspberry Pi as a a FauxRoonReady streamer we took the scenic route. Why so? Our operating system of choice, Volumio, serves as more than just a Roon Endpoint. After all, there is more to network streaming than Roon. Volumio offers Ethernet and wifi connectivity, an MPD-based […]

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    A €65 Roon endpoint for the KEF LS50 Wireless (or any USB DAC)

    At US$2200, the KEF LS50 Wireless should have rival loudspeaker manufacturers quaking in their boots. A complete high-end audio system in a box. Just add mains power. The LS50 Wireless’ Achilles heel, if they have one, is the in-house coded smartphone app. It’s fine for occasional use: system setup (‘onboarding’) and setting DSP according to […]

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    Devialet AIR streaming comes to Roon

    The poster child of Future-Fi in high-end audio? Devialet’s Expert range of hybrid Class A/D amplifiers (that are so much more). Why? The French manufacturer has lavished as much attention on the Expert’s outward appearance as it has on the internals and sound quality. The result is a super-integrated amplifier – with DAC, phono stage […]