A friend of mine has just purchased a Heos 5 to listen to music in an apartment he is renting for a couple of years. He asked my view about various things and at the risk of going further in I am thinking of suggesting he get another so he can group them as a stereo pair.
He was interested in Roon when I demonstrated it to him, but I can’t see any sensible way of connecting until and unless Denon make the Heos Roon Ready. A Raspberry Pi with WiFi and a DAC HAT could feed into the Aux connection, but that felt like an awkward thing to do.
Anything publicly known about Denon’s plans regarding Roon and Heos ? I couldn’t see any mention of it on a quick online search.
This is a bit of an end around, but I am actually using a single HEOS 5 with my iMac desktop. I am cabled USB out to a Cambridge Audio DAC Magic (for my headphone listening) and the analog out of the DAC is hard wired to a single HEOS 5. You might be able to get it to function through the headphones out jack as well. I can also zone a second set of desktop powered speakers through Roon which play simultaneously. The music is accessed through the Heos 5 Aux in and you have to press the “play arrow” for it to play. Unfortunately, you have to have a tablet or phone handy since there isn’t a desktop app for Heos at the present. Hope that helps.
Most of the companies I mention Roon to don’t want to discuss future plans. Just went through this with Deezer & Bluesound.
I can’t speak for Denon, but I did chat to Bluesound at Munich’s HighEnd show last week, and apparently Roon is “on the roadmap”. That’s an open ended answer, I know.
I contacted Bluesound support and got a more veiled answer, but it’s great that they are considering it.
Hi andybob…let your friend know musicdirect.com is clearancing the HEOS 5 for $249 ($150 off) Just got an email advising of the sale price.
Has there been any further discussions with Denon to get Heos Roon Ready?
Is this even ever likely to happen or should I look for another solution?