Synology NAS, DSM 6 latest
FRITZ!box, Core is connected via Ethernet. Whole building is covered with a Wifi mesh with same name/SID + password
ifi GoBlu Headphone DAC with HIFIman headphones (bluetooth or via USB audio), Apple TV HD with Geneva Labs Speaker, Yamaha Amplifier with T+A Speaker. No multiroorm use.
70.000 tracks, 95% ALAC, some AAC, minor MP3
I’m still in the free trial phase of Roon. There were some setup issues (first test run I installed Core 1.8 on a Mac Pro, then version 2.0 appeared, which I installed on Synology because the Mac is still running Mojave. Among other things, the entire library had to be re-read and analyzed, which took time). Now I have only 4 days left to test and listen to music.
So far I have accessed my music with Plex or PlexAmp (only local music files, no Tidal or Qobuz). Since Plex has difficulties with metadata, especially with multiple artists on one album, I wanted to switch to probably the best music management software Roon.
To start with, I’m seriously impressed! Metatags were automatically read in, everything albums and tracks correctly assigned (as far as I can judge in the short time).
What I noticed negatively, or what does not work as expected
when listening with headphones via bluetooth from iPhone, Roon is extremely sensitive when moving from one wifi network to the adjacent one. Roon then does not connect to the network with stronger signal but stutters away and loses connection to the core completely. (In the same situation it works flawlessly with Plex).
I cannot configure the Apple TV as an audio device. After entering the four digit Aip Play identifier happens: Nothing. Disconnect audio device, re-enable, enter new four digit pin – doesn’t work.
if I connect the headphone with DAC via USB and save it in Roon as audio device, this setting is lost when I turn off the DAC and disconnect it from USB. When I use it again I have to reconfigure, See also this thread:
USB device does not get recognised after being reconnected - #6 by Holger_Ruhnke
As a test I added new music to my library. This is not recognized by Roon. See here:
iMac no longer recognized and new albums not appearing - #7 by Holger_Ruhnke
with Roon ARC I have the problem that I can copy music only in highest quality to the iPhone. This does not work at all, because I have only little memory available on the iPhone. In PlexAmp I can set the desired OPUS bitrate. However, this seems to be a known problem, which will certainly be fixed.
A real knockout argument against Roon is for me but the compulsion to be constantly online to play my locally stored music files! I hope that this is still reconsidered.
I find Roon super in display and presentation of the library and would like to buy it (but since I do not like software subscriptions and I do not use software that is exclusively available in subscription, only a (hefty priced) lifetime license would come into question for me). However, with the problems I’ve mentioned, I’m seriously considering staying with PlexAMP. Are there solutions to my problems, please?