So, my journey only started this week, after a couple of weeks hearing about ‘Roon’. I wanted to dip my toe (so to speak) in the audio world. I’ve always been interested in music and the highres/lossless world and signed up to Tidal in the last year, and most recently Qobuz (I have a 3 month trial currently).
I explored some YouTube videos and came across Darko (which I’m sure many know), and he was talking about the Schiit products and it looked perfect for my needs. Not wanting to go crazy I purchased some Schiit, namely the; Schiit Modi 3 & Schiit Magni 3. I now realised I need a DAC after all to appreciate the higher quality audio both services offer. After exploring his channel more, I kept hearing the name ‘Roon’, and not having the slightest clue about it, I took an interest. Well, that of course has lead me to sign up yesterday for a trial and become a member on the community today.
I downloaded and installed Roon Core on to my MacMini 2018 and had a snoop around. After a couple of hours I realised it was something that I’ve actually been looking for, but not looking for at the same time. In the last couple of years I’ve moved away from Windows after being a loyal user for the last 20+ years which made me give up MusicBee as my organiser and tagger.
That setup lasted all of 4 hours… I didn’t want to keep my Mac on all the time just to browse and listen to music. I looked around on the forums and the main site and saw that you could setup ROCK. After reading the guides I thought about getting a NUC, but looking at the costs it’s something to which I can save and put towards the Roon subscription.
This is when I remembered that I have a Dell Optiplex 7010 SFF which hosts an old Windows XP Pro install for all my old games laying around. As it’s not really being used, I decided to take out the old HDD and install an SSD. I read up on guide to install a ROCK as a ‘MOCK’, and within 15 minutes I was setup and running (thanks to the backup feature). It seems (to me) that this is a good choice as it gives me a DVD drive to which I can rip CD’s directly (which I have done today).
I host all my music on my Synology unit, and it’s been an absolute breeze to connect it to my Roon core.
I’m very impressed, being able to access my own library and tidal in one place is just superb.
My only complaint so far is the radio suggestion popup… How can I thumb up or thumb down the next song in the queue if I’ve never heard it before? Surely, it would make more sense to suggest the song to me, have the pop up come up during the song to which I can say if I liked it or not. I’ve found out since that I have to click the song artwork and click the thumbs up to tell the system that I liked the song. I do hope that changes…