I am a relatively new user of the Roon software, and I love what it does for my files! I currently have an older iPad that is not supported by Roon as a remote.
This is a feature I would very much like to access, but I will have to purchase a new 2017 model to make this happen.
I am asking this community for opinions on the validity/stability/usability of this software. If it works as advertised, I will plunk down the plastic for the new iPad. If it is questionable, I will pass.
My older iPad works fine for what I want it to do, except as a remote for Roon. Please help me make a good purchase/nonpurchase decision.
Hey Mike, the iPad works great as a Roon Remote. I would recommend you buy direct from Apple or another retailer with a generous return policy, in case you’re not happy within the first couple of days. I think you’ll be very happy though!
Even better, if you have a friend or family member with a newer iPad, see if they could bring it over to your place, just for a quick try. It takes minutes to install the app and get it running as a Roon Remote. It’s virtually the same look and feel as the desktop.
The Air 2 is still more than snappy as a remote. Calling the Roon iOS app a remote though is a bit of a misnomer in my opinion—it’s the whole enchilada. As a Linux user the app is my sole means of interacting with Roon and I’m more than happy with the experience. Occasionally there are maybe some deep library related tasks that are a bit finnickly, that’s about it. And if I’m not mistaken, I believe there is an overhaul of the iOS app underway? So it can only get better.
I wholeheartedly agree with the posters above that there is no need to go with a new 2017 model of iPad. Also no need to go with the large model I personally think the smaller one is quite interactive enough. You can find plenty of people who are trading up and will sell a gently used one to you at a good price.
Unless you are buying one from someone you know however meet them at the Apple Store or the carrier’s store to have the IMEI number checked on transfer so you don’t buy one that’s stolen!