I am curious how people who come from deep physical media libraries use Roon.
Deep /dēp/ (libraries):
Libraries with at least a thousand CDs/LPs/etc. It could mean deep in one genre, spanning a large set of genres, or a combination.
I am particular interested in how the physical media habits get recreated or transformed into a Roon workflow. Those habits would likely vary when a library is deep in one genre vs libraries that basically span the history of music. I am interested in all these experiences and translations to the “non-physical” world of Roon.
Additionally, I am interested in how people deal with the desire for liner notes and other aspects of physical media that are not present in Roon - at least not as consistently as in physical media.
My interest is both personal - as I crave liner notes and enjoy the physicality of media - and also as a way to understand how one can make the file-based (and streaming-based) experience richer.
I have some 6 thousand “albums” in Roon but they got here via Jriver as I use both. What I can say is that if the PDFs of the booklet in the album directories, you can access them from Roon.
Yes, understood. That’s why I have a preference for Qobuz over TIDAL as they tend to have more liner notes in pdf form (and no MQA!!!). Plus with Sublime+ I can buy albums at a discount in some cases.
But as liner notes are concerned, there is a very small fraction of my albums for which I have liner notes in pdf form (<10% for sure). For physical media it’s close to 100% (some cheapo CD releases don’t come with them).
Also, lets not limit this discussion to availability of liner notes please.
With Roon, I miss browsing the shelves. I interact with the albums in a very different way where I use the discover feature instead of browsing the shelves. It certainly has its pluses. I play things I would often glaze over when browsing the shelves. I am not ready to pack up the physical media just yet. I like liners once or twice. After that it is all about the music.
Interesting… Can you set Discover to only show you albums you have in your library? Ie those that are either physically in your library and/or TIDAL/Qobuz favorites?
I don’t know if I purposefully did it in my settings, but Discover only searches things in my library, but it includes stuff I added from Qobuz that I don’t own a physical copy of…and I am unsure if I can filter those out.