I am very interested in setting up a roon in my home. The biggest problem for me is not the server because I have a beast of a computer but the lack of AFFORDABLE roon tested DAC’s is the only thing which is stopping me from considering investing the time and money in a good setup within my price range. Most of the solutions you have which are within my price range are discontinued or need a level of technical knowledge which is beyond some people’s understanding. Some of the better under $500 solutions are discontinued like the Auralic Aries mini.
I know the interface and the metadata is the main attraction to why people pay $120 USD a month to run the server. Work needs to be done on the front end and in the public relations department so people can have a updated list of products which work with roon and have some YouTube videos from Roon on the steps to setting up a server which isn’t out of date or non existent unless you go to audiophile’s YouTube channel.
Take a page out of Google’s playbook, they have a list of compatible products on their site which is easily found without much hassle. They have easy to find instructions and is so user friendly that someone who doesn’t know anything about technology can set it up in less than 2 hours.
I want to like roon but to be seen as better than Google’s, Sonos or Apple’s offerings, you need to up your game and reach out to manufacturers, the audio community like head-fi.org so people know you exist and you have a product which is competitive with the big boys.
There are companies like Anker who make high quality products which everyone can afford and sold on Amazon so the masses can get it quickly. You could work with them to develop a wifi dongle that you can plug into any DAC and make it a roon connected device.
-Please don’t only cater to the people who can spend $5000 on a piece of audio equipment
-Please update your roon ready products so there is an actual list not just a link to partner sites
-Please make some how to YouTube videos on how to set up a roon system
-Please reach out the the community like head-fi.org or reddit (which has 92 subscribers in the roon labs subreddit as I write this). Talk to your target audience and ask for their opinions on how to make your product better not only for the high end audiophile but the 20 something year old who wants to be a future audiophile.
-Please work with companies like Anker to make simple plug and play roon devices to connect to any DAC.
I am more than happy to help because I have a bit of experience in community outreach.