Last night i started my 14 days adventure with Roon.
I’m primarily coming from listening music on Mac Mini using AUDIRVANA PLUS 2 with DACs OPPO HA-1 and Meridian Explorer2 with latter used for MQA decoding.
Recently i have purchased HQPlayer to run on Windows PC which has nvidia CUDA offload. So far, use of HQPlayer and its library have been “okay”, focusing on the function over form. I’ve accepted what HQPlayer can do over its limited UI and music library management capability, so, i’m content with its current UI.
However i’ve been looking at a replacement UI for managing music in frontend and using HQPlayer as playback with my DACs.
All my music files are stored in NAS device.
For the trial i have decided to install Roon in the same PC as the HQPlayer.
So, on with my trial of Roon.
Starting off was straightforward with installation, just point Roon at my NAS music folder, “\\10.0.0.155\media\music” path.
Went to bed.
And this morning, Roon said i have 54773 tracks. Cool.
I started to look into the Settings to see what i can customize. And in the Setup tab, i noticed following under Background Audio Analysis Speed.
It seems to be stuck in “Analyzing: 2 / 54773”.
And been there for most of today. Is this normal?
Nonetheless, move on with the trial.
Then i looked in the playlist to see how i can construct my playlists as i do with AUDIRVANA PLUS 2, grouping musics of same format, eg. DSD64, DSD128, DSD256, PCM >=88KHz, and so on.
And i am just not finding how do i setup smart playlists in Roon to go fetch me the musics that fall into certain media formats.
Is this not doable with current Roon?
That’s all for now.
What’s important is, will i notice any difference in the playback from Roon to HQPlayer to DAC to headphone to my ears. What i hear is what’s important, I can overlook the clunkyness having to deal with two separate programs for Roon - HQPlayer integration.
On with using Roon and HQPlayer together.