Hey @support … I searched the community forums but could not find a definitive answer. Does Roon currently support streaming to two HomePods configured as a stereo pair using AirPlay2? If not, is this functionality on the roadmap?
You could make it work by using the DSP mixer and making each homepod one of the stereo channles mixing just the left output to one and the right to the other then group the zone. If you want to ungroup them turn off the DSP.
You can play Roon on your iPad or iPhone and then use the airplay function of the phone (swiping up from bottom of screen) to send the signal to a paired HomePods. They have to have been paired with iPhone Home App.
You are now streaming to the paired Home Pods in Roon app on the phone of iPad,
You lose some functionality however
I tried this but doesn’t work if the it’s grouped as a stereo pair- it fails on trying to play to group. I was able to stream to one of the pair using the DSP to cancel out the unwanted channel but I haven’t tried ungrouping them and trying that; although that would lose the apple pairing so you’d have to re-pair every time you want to go back to Apple Music or Airplay 2.
Don’t know if it’s worth it at this point, at least for me - only have HomePods in the kitchen (for now) and doing fine with Apple Music, and Siri shortcuts which allows for streaming radio stations, etc. And using Roon through Airplay via iPhone works fine if I’m craving some Roon action.
It has been a few months since this topic came up, so I wanted to ask once more. I am a new subscriber and have 2 HomePod’s in a stereo setup and would love to be able to use Roon to stream to the HomePod’s.
I bought an Apple HomePod speaker for my kitchen and have been using Roon to play music through it, no issues.
I got another HomePod for Christmas and used the Home App to pair them into stereo. This seems to work fine in ITunes, but Roon seems to still recognize them an separate entities: Kitchen 1 and Kitchen 2 in Mono.
Any suggestions, or am I stuck using iTunes for stereo?
That’s right. Until AirPlay 2 is supported by Roon, you will not be able to use the HomePod in stereo mode. iTunes will be your only option for now.
You can [send] music via the Roon app on your iPhone/iPad to your stereo paired HomePods, but it doesn’t work well and you will not get stereo separation. I have even experienced ‘hollowness’ with the music after a number of tracks have played in this manner.