I have a lifetime subscription to Roon, so I thought I would never write a topic like this.
Having a lifetime subscription gave me the illusion that I was helping Roon in its immediate development by making a modest financial contribution, but I had forgotten that I was becoming entirely dependent on what Roon could achieve without any means of fallback.
Roon is a fabulous way to discover artists, to get interested in their work, to understand their work and on the market there is nothing better at the moment.
Since this famous update 1.8, Roon became slow, very slow, then improved, then became slow again, then fast without really knowing why with successive updates.
Many functions have been added which for my use are not relevant at all, like statistics…I think it slows down the process.
The application on iPad (pro in this case) is not stable and literally cuts out for no reason, despite a very high speed.
Searches have become so advanced that writing symphonie or symphony does not give the same result, a new artist is proposed by Qobuz, Roon does not give any information while Qobuz can write half a page, …
The most disturbing point is the sound quality. I use an Innuos Zenith and I had previously compared Roon and Squeez box with Ipeng, the differences in rendering were tenuous. Since the new Innuos OS and their Innuos Sense application, the sound quality has improved a lot (3d soundstage, transparency …) to the point that I only listened to Roon for a long time and I got used to a style of rendering. Making this new comparison has allowed me to see the difference and the differences in rendering. Roon tends to be more generous in the low frequencies with an excess of “fat”.
Listening through Innuos sense, brings the music to life.
Roon is now only used in a discovery configuration and when I want to listen to music I switch to Innuos sense, maybe in a few times Roon will propose a simpler version and another one more pro which would allow us to choose functions, and that the sound rendering will be reviewed, in the meantime with the arrival of Innuos sense Roon has taken a serious train of delay for the listening.
Good luck to the team.