Hi all. I’m just about done with my Roon trial, and planning to extend my trial month by month. So far I love what Roon is doing.
About me and my gear:
I’m in my 40s, an amateur musician, and I work from home. I don’t have a ton of money in HiFi equipment.
Core is running on a Asustor AT6404t NAS, with SSD and m2 cache.
I very much enjoy listening to entire albums at a time, and rip CDs to flac, scanning in the art work of the entire booklet. I make a PDF of this and place it in the same folder as the music. Roon is the only software I’ve found that makes it easy to navigate the booklet while I’m listening to that album.
My favorite music is Bluegrass. But I’m also into Country, Blues, Folk, etc. and I dabble in other genres. Most streaming services do not have an extensive Bluegrass library. So I’m likely to rely on my own library to some degree for the foreseeable future.
My endpoints so far are Android and iPhones and tablets of both varieties.
I almost always connect these endpoints to an iFi HipDac with an OTG cable.
My headphones are Focal Elegia. In a pinch, I’ll use Etymotic iems for more portability.
My best speakers are admittedly pretty pedestrian: Edifier 2000 mIII connected to my Surface 3 at my desk.
So far so good. Given that 90% of the music I listen to is only available in 16/44.1, I guess I’m wondering if there are settings I should be exploring to improve the listening experience with my headphones.
My main phone is a Samsung Note 9 running Android 10. I’m still a little unclear about whether or not they’ve upgraded its HiFi abilities in Android 10 or if I need to be looking at ways to “go around” Android to the capabilities of the HipDac. Or just use my wife’s old iPhone with the HipDac. Or maybe it doesn’t matter unless I’m listening to a source file that exceeds 16/44.1?
I also welcome any general or specific advice. Or if there’s a piece of gear/additional software that I should put on my radar that would make a huge difference in my listening experience, I’m open to it.
In any case, thanks for reading / scanning / skipping this far. Looking forward to participating in discussions and learning from you all.