Sounds like CA’s marketing department may have jumped the gun here.
Really, this seems odd to me. To be Roon-Ready, I think you have to embed Roon’s RAAT software technology in your product, basically include a Roon Bridge. But the DacMagic 200M is a relatively inexpensive product without a networking stack (there’s Bluetooth, but that’s technically a serial connection over radio). So how is a Roon Core going to talk to the internal Roon Bridge? I don’t see how this will ever be Roon Ready.
Mines a v1 so I only get Airplay but V2 is Roon Ready so will go to 24/192 on coax or USB or on the RAAT network input. I use DLNA theN coax to my headphone amp then HD800 headphone. Brilliant sound.
I can select Device Volume or Fixed Volume in Roon , I assume that the V2 will as well but someone else may comment.
I have had 2 x CXN , no 1 was a lightening casualty. The only issue I had was the display screen packed up.
Also if you plan to use USB there could be an issue on USB Class 2 with some Linux devices ( on this forum , I’ll find it if you’re interested) but I would use the Ethernet input anyway so not an issue.
Originally used via JRiver DLNA to amp etc , a good quality streamer especially now it’s Roon Ready
so after many hours of listening i asked CA for a return/refund.
It is not only the inconvenience with the DSP Volume nor the false advertisement regarding the ROON ready sticker.
That MQA isn’t working at all with any kind of DSP active, even Replay Gain stops MQA from working, it is the sound quality.
Without HiRes or DSD the Dacmagic 200M dosen’t sound much better than it’s pr- predesescor the DacMagic Plus. A bit more open in the treble, but noticeable less impact in the low’s . Even the soundstage was more or less the same.
After all the hype and great reviews this was unexpected. The praised “smooth”, more analog SQ, seems to me more like “wishful listening”.
I really have to put the neutrality of some magazines and reviewers in to
I will go now a bit higher. The Auralic Altair G1 is a complete different, way more expansive streamer/DAC. But after the comparison with my Auralic Vega DAC (9 years old)it was such a more satisfying experience.
The difference was kind of "Night & Day. Even my wife, who is a bit of an audiophile too, looked at me after 2 minutes hearing the Vega and mentioned: “ok, it will be more expansive, i guess”
Yes and no. I’ve managed to use Roon via my laptop (USB out to the DacMagic). But, I still prefer using the audio control on the DacMagic. I worry about blowing out my hearing aids. AND, I still prefer going wirelessly to the Node 2.1, then COAX to the DacMagic. I just think sound is “better” for me. I’m not sure this helps at all. Good luck!