I have just noticed that Roon supports paired HomePods. If the HomePods are paired using mac system, they are still shown as individual HomePods within Roon. However if you group the HomePods, within Roon and play music, you now achieve stereo output, without messing about with DSP.
I played my XLO reference album and sounds recorded for left channel only appear in the left HomePod etc
I always thought this was not possible, because of lack of airplay 2 support.
I just got up early to test it because I was so intrigued as it didn’t work for me in the past. I can confirm! Thanks for the heads up. Could anyone from the Roon team chime in and confirm or deny if any changes have been made to specifically address this?
I did some very rudimentary testing which means I have two pairs of grouped HomePods (two OGs, two minis), set them up as described above and then searched for a stereo testing track on Tidal and it properly separated left and right audio channels. So at least from that standpoint yes, channel separation seems to work now. Interesting how this was not explicitly mentioned in patch notes