Gustard A26 DAC Roon Ready?

The info regarding the Gustard A26 DAC seem to imply the unit is Roon Ready, but I can’t find it in the Partner list.
Any updates on this?

If it’s not in the partner list, the info is probably aspirational – they’ve submitted it for testing, but it hasn’t passed yet, or they plan to submit it for certification, or…

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I believe that it downloads Roon Bridge as a software update to achieve compatibility.

Downloading the bridge is a different thing. Roon Ready means the manufacturer has incorporated the Roon SDK for Roon Ready into its software, and that Roon has tested and certified the integration.

There seems to be an increasing number of devices using Roon Bridge (eg Innuos), which, of course needs no certification process. These will never have ‘Roon Ready’ certification, of course, so Roon endpoint compatibility usually gets a mention somewhere in the marketing blurb. Having said that, they will indeed function as Roon endpoints to an extent that may be sufficient for many use cases.