I just want to be certain when I ask this question.
Does roon software mess with the sound quality when I’m using streaming services such as TIDAL and Qobuz?
The reason I’m asking is that I found the sound output better when I play music via my BluOS app for my NAD M10 V2. I’ve checked the roon software app and can confirm that both Qobuz and TIDAL settings have preference for the highest quality output.
Thanks, This post makes me now wonder whether i’m right. I’m a newbie to roon and only now understand that the hardware the roon core will of course have an influence in the output and in my case a negative one. So roon works this way?
App → Roon Core → Streaming Service → Streaming Amp
Using roon, I’ve inadvertently added yet another middle man to the chain. Whereas BlueOS is:
I say mid-range because that’s the biggest bang for the buck.
If you are not using Roon’s DSP, then you are hearing unadulterated bit perfect from Roon.
If BlueOS, or Tidal/Qobuz native apps, sound ‘better’ to you compared to Roon, then there are only two conclusions; 1) the apps that sound ‘better’ are doing something extra behind the scenes, or 2) it’s your imagination.
What other explanations are there?
In any event, it isn’t Roon that is interfering with SQ.
It is the nature of audio enthusiasm that some enthusiasts – perhaps many – hear differences that others don’t. Do they have better ears? Overactive imaginations? We all have opinions, but there is no definitive answer, and of course every case is different.
And in addition to that morass, some DACs are objectively better when used with certain inputs, because those inputs are implemented better.
Furthermore, what is “better” when comparing two audio signals is impossible to define objectively, because it is a multidimensional problem, so the weighting (emphasis) given to each dimension must be chosen. How? There are many ways, but all involve some arbitrariness. Then, of course, there also are individual preferences to consider.
For my part, I have tried both Roon and DLNA streaming to my Auralic device, and they sound the same to me. Another thing that sounds the same is playing a local CD through the same signal chain.