New Airport Express firmware 7.8 not working with Roon

Hey @Rodney_J_Sorensen,

Others have reported that rolling back the firmware on their Airport devices has allowed them to continue using these devices with Roon. You can read more about rolling back the firmware here:



I cannot get Roon to play thru an apple airport express (version 7.8) using Nucleus +. Roon notices it and seems to capture it just fine. And, I can press play, but music counter won’t advance.

Roon on nucleus works fine streaming via airplay to an apple tv.

Had been using Roon on Mac Mini prior to nucleus. The airport express and airplay worked fine.

The express works with our various apple computers in the home streaming music via airplay so long as it is disabled in Roon.

I assume it is the AE newer software version 7.8 that is not cooperating with Nucleus.

What can I do?

Hi Fred,

I moved your post here. Check out this thread and Dylan’s link to rolling back the firmware above.

Cheers, Greg

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I figured it out… thanks…

I can no longer us Airport Express with the new firmware upgrade. I should not that Roon streams to a third party receiver with Airplay, but not my Expresses. I also tried all the “tricks”, including naming the speakers and adding passwords … .

Dear Dylan:

Thank You for posting the “how to” on Rolling Back Firmware. I once knew that, but that was a long time ago.

Thank You.


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I was streaming music from my Roon core to two different Airport Express devices with no problems whatsoever. Apple released Airplay 2 firmware for these Airport Express devices, and I upgraded the firmware. While I can now stream using Airplay 2 from my iOS devices (iPhone/iPad), Roon will no longer play to either of these Airport Express units.

Is anyone else having this problem? Does Roon have a known problem streaming to Airport Express devices that have had the Apple Airplay 2 firmware update applied? Is there a solution available or in the works? Please?

Hi Edward,

I moved your post here. Check out this thread. You need to roll back the firmware of your AE, as per Dylan’s post above.

Cheers, Greg

Please add me to the list. And thanks to Dylan for the link to rolling back the firmware version, which solved the problem for me. Hopefully, there will soon be a Roon update to address this issue.

I can verify that 7.8 is broken and 7.6.9 is working perfect. Just dont upgrade!

Well, rolling back the firmware to 7.6.9 is dandy but you lose the Airplay 2 capability. So now it’s time for Roon to fix their software to work with Airplay 2, or I won’t renew my license when time comes to do so.

Does the latest Roon update (Version 1.5, build 354) resolve the incompatibility with the latest Airport Express firmware (Version 7.8)?

In the absence of a reply, I updated the firmware of my Airport Express to Version 7.8. That rendered it invisible to Roon. So I rolled back to the previous firmware version and normal service was resumed.

I noticed this too. After upgrading Roon to build 354, all Airplay devices on the network that are Airplay 2 only disappeared from Roon as an endpoint option. For my network, that includes not only two Airports but also my Marantz 7703 pre pro that had been recently upgraded to Airplay 2. An older Denon X2000 receiver on my network is still seen by Roon for Airplay. My three Apple TVs (tvOS 12.01) are still available for Roon since I guess they support both Airplay versions.

I use an Airport Express’ optical output to input to my NAD D-3220 amplifier in my kitchen. Obviously I don’t want to replace the NAD setup but I could live with another ROON endpoint to feed into the NAD. Are there any equivalent alternatives to AirportExpress’ that can be used to stream to the NAD.

Will Roon ever support the 2nd gen apple airport express 802.11n with airplay 2 firmware 7.8? Does roon support other airplay 2 devices?


Me too troubles with Airplay under 7.8 software. Please FIX.

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Hi everyone,

We’ve just released build 363 of Roon which includes a change to address playback issues to devices that support Airplay2. Note that Roon does not support Airplay2 — This change addresses devices that recently added Airplay2 support. Please take a look at the release notes below and give the update a try.

Yes, Airplay 2 devices are now working…both for my Marantz 7703 with latest firmware as well as my Airport Express with v7.8 firmware. Thanks, guys!

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