Apologies if this has been answered before. Ive read some other posts and I’m not that technical so hope someone can simplify this for me
I’m a new Roon user. I have a core plugged into the ethernet with a USB containing some AIF files I converted from iTunes.
I have my Tidal account attached.
In my “listening room” I have a Marantz MCR-612 and when I play master files from Tidal I am getting 44.1Khz as the max from any song,
My question is that I imagine thats not the best quality that can be achieved from Roon and if thats correct what can I do to get higher quality content from my Marantz. ( apart from buy a whole new system)
Looking at the Marantz and I see it’s Roon tested so will serve as an endpoint. If you’re a Tidal HiFi Plus subscriber (top tier) one issue is lack of MQA support, that’s Tidal’s hi-res master weapon of choice and an MQA DAC is required. If you have Tidal HiFi+ then using Roon to do the first MQA unfold might yield better results depending on your tastes, I’m not an MQA fan but you might be. The benefits of hi-res audio are pretty marginal IMO, you might find you’re happy enough?
It sounds like you are connecting via Airplay? If so, it has a 44.1k limit. Since, the Marantz is NOT a Roon Ready device it means that it does not have Roon network code. Marantz would have to decide to add such.
But, you can setup an ethernet endpoint TO a SPDIF Toslink or SPDIF Coax IN on your Marantz. The best option, imho, is to use one based on a raspberry Pi, like the Allo DigiOne, DigiOne Player SPDIF Out