Short answer : I am very glad I got the Aries to use with Roon even though Roonspeakers is not yet available.
Long answer : see below
I was using an Apple TV 3 and streaming Roon … recently got my Auralic Aries (full version) and Roon is streaming fine. I have Roon installed on my Macbook.
Setup was very easy in the Aries iPad app (Lightning DS) … I just had to click on “enable Airplay”. Then Roon found the Aries as an available Airplay device… I just had to go the “Settings” in Roon, took a few moments to enable it for sound output.
It was that simple.
I had a brief play with the Auralic’s Lightning DS software … though I have been spoiled by the outstanding user interface that Roon provides , so just now use Roon. Until Roonspeakers becomes available for the Aries, I need to use Airplay which resample everything to 16/48. I am usually very sensitive to any resampling, normally I just can not stand it, yet I think Roon must be using some special resampling because this is the very first resampling that has not bothered me … ever.
So, until Roonspeakers becomes available for the Aries … in a way, the Aries is behaving as an expensive Airplay device, though one that is better sounding than the Apple TV (which is not hard because while I am an apple fan … I have never really cared for the sound of the Apple TV). Not perfect or ideal yet… for the Aries … until Roonspeakers becomes available … but still a step up (even with Airplay resampling) over the Apple TV.
As for the Auralic Aries, it took me two hours to setup (I used to work as a Network Administrator back in the 1990’s looking after Airports) so found it fairly easy, though that time included heading off to the supermarket to get 2 AAA batteries for the Auralic Aries remote control (they are not included) and getting some dinner. I also played with Lightning DS (Auralic’s software) and while it is good … Roon is great. So if I had my time again, I would just focus on setting up the hardware & networking component of the Aries, it would be easier and take less than 30 minutes.
The performance of Roon with the Aries has been rock solid … no dropouts.
I strongly recommend following @bplexico network recommendations on setting up the Aries … like giving it a dedicated IP address and such (like putting the Aries on a 5 gHz WiFi, along with my iPad and Macbook … I put my other non music devices on the the 2.4 gHz WiFi … that is something that is worthwhile to do).
Anil, see the “Auralic Aries Hardware” thread on Computer Audiophile … search for posts made by @bplexico. He has been incredibly helpful to the community.
My experience with streaming Roon to the Auralic Aries is very positive.
Hope that helps.