Before enabling Roon core on a Zenith MKII, I reached out to Innuos tech support about the perceived “performance problem.” From tech support, " The MkII can run Roon very well, the only reason they suggest such a high system spec is for performing DSD upsampling which is by far the most intensive process Roon has. For normal usage and bitperfect playback, the MkII can easily run Roon, no problems there."
I enabled Roon a couple of days ago. I’m running it with two RAAT end-points in one zone and five Google Chromecast endpoints in another zone. I am NOT doing DSD upsampling.
I have experienced some problems, but I think they are related to the Roon software (or the way I set it up) and not the MKII.
- Problem #1 - My RIVA WAND wireless speakers are Bluetooth, AirPlay, and Chromecast enabled. I could not get any sound using AirPlay grouped speakers. I can get music if I play them individually, but that’s essentially useless because I want them synchronized.
- Problem #2 - I can get synchronized music using the Chromecast protocol; however, I have to play through the Google home “device,” which I don’t like - but that’s a Google thing not Roon. Today the Google home device showed music playing but no sound came from any speakers. I had to reboot the MKII to wake-up the Chromecast zone speakers, which are playing as I type this message.
I moved from Logitech Media Server to Roon. I had no problems with LMS. Having said that, I much prefer the Roon interface and functionality (except the fact that I cannot synchronize across different zones).
Hopefully, the Chromecast issue is fixable.