First of all thank you so much for your great creation. Really like it.
I just installed the beta and checked on my iPhone. I have around 10 Airplay 2 devices and now after the update to the beta I can indeed group the ropieee with other devices so multiroom ENABLED, mission completed
In my bedroom I have a second ropieee which I didn’t update and with that one I can’t group with other devices so that’s indeed still Airplay 1.
Makes, me wonder, I think Airplay 2 also support sending meta data and album art. In theory that would make it possible to display this on the ropieee screen just like the Roon/RAAT data is shown. Is that something you might include in the future Harry?
Thanks for your offerings. Lack of Airplay 2 support has been the biggest disappointment with ROON for me. Going to try the beta XL. I am in the process of adding some additional HomePods around my place.
What is to be expected? As Roon sends send airplay 2 to all my Airplay 2 devices and since the beta also to Ropieee I don’t understand your statement that nothing but Apple hardware can send Airplay 2 streams.
Roon does not send AirPlay 2 streams anywhere it does not support AirPlay 2. Only an an app on an Apple device can send instigate a stream using AirPlay 2 protocol. It’s pretty simple to understand. Roon can only send a stream as legacy AirPlay from within the app it does not use system AirPlay in iOS or MacOS as any type of core device can send a legacy AirPlay stream as this was reverse engineered.
Ropieee is an AirPlay/AirPlay 2 receiver. They manage this as the AirPlay 2 receiving code has been reverse engineered. The same is not true for the sending part it can only be done by the system AirPlay of an Apple product. Sending AirPlay via Roon to Ropieee is not Airplay2 it reverts to legacy AirPlay.
Thanks, clear to me Roon sends Airplay 1 only but still it provides multiroom streaming to Airplay (1) supported devices and that works for me. Now with the new Ropieee beta (net Shairport sync) I can even do multiroom from my apple devices with Ropieee. Works great for me. I think the main case currently for sending capability would be grouping homepods as stereo pairs right?
Yes multiroom works as Roon is managing that side when you use it not Airplay and you can use Ropieee grouped with other Airplay2 devices now for mulitroom outside of Roon. Airplay2 in Roon would help with Homepods or other grouped zones, although you can work around that with DSP in Roon or used to be able to not sure if Apple changed something that stopped it.
AFAIK AirPlay 2 can stream only 16/44.1. It could theoretically reach 24/48 and more but it is not (yet) available.
The only working added feature of AirPlay 2 is to stream to multiple receivers at a time
Installed beta, and Airplay 2 works well.
Able to setup multi-room playback (using Ropieee and Wiim mini)
Ropieee device is also shown up under Home app, allowing homekit automation.
Also can use other iOS devices to view/control the sender iOS device playback.
Will be perfect if can display Song info (album art, song title/singer etc) on Rpi display.
Thanks for adding Airplay 2. I have been waiting for this for a long time.