I agree, Joachim. I’m definitely of the old school; Roon was really my first “platform” approach. I’m nowhere near the level of most of the contributors to this forum in terms of DIY stuff. A lot of people of my age/background are the same way. But, Roon has been a self-educating process for me, and I’m much further along than I was to begin with. When I started with Roon, I barely understood how to make Roon work through my Apple TV. Now I have four systems using Roon: A DSJ, An Auralic Altair, A SonicOrbiter and one with the original AppleTV. The Roon platform has essentially restructured my whole audio experience, and will continue to do so. I still listen to vinyl, but I have mostly abandoned CDs. The only silver discs I still use are multichannel and SACDs.
This evolution, and the propensity of Roon to stimulate new hardware purchases, is why PSA would be crazy to abandon it - speaking strictly from a business perspective. And they aren’t abandoning it. Having said that, Octave will appeal to a different segment: Product guys. In the most basic terms, Octave sounds like a marriage of Roon-like functionality with the self-contained ease of the Sony HAP unit. But, as I’m sure Paul M. knows, Roon will be constantly evolving…and the Nucleus project will go after the same demographic as Octave. I understand Paul’s interest in a “closed system” approach a la Apple, but like Apple he will discover that some integration with third parties is necessary.
But it’s the PSA service, customer interaction, and commitment to sound that will keep me using my DSJr (and my other PSA stuff). I’ve visited their factory in Boulder and find them all to be entirely sincere. Worst-case scenario we can use our DSDs and DSJr’s with something like a MicroRendu. But I don’t think it will ever come to that.
Of course, all this assumes that Roon will continue to be willing to work with PSA…