Looking at getting a wireless speaker to take out on my deck that can be used with my Roon. Preferably Chromecast however I’m open to suggestions. Price point 1K +/- Canadian. Not looking to break the bank however I would like a great sounding speaker. It would act as its own zone in Roon and would need to be able to support hi-res files.
I have both the smallest Bluesound speaker as well as the largest and these would be OK for this purpose. They connect directly with Roon so you do not necessarily need Chromecast. They have a range of speakers and can handle a wide range of file types including hi-res (including MQA - though I do not use this). I used to have connectivity problems when I first obtained these - but these have all but disappeared since I upgraded my router. I am also pretty sure that the company that makes these is Canadian!
I appreciate the suggestion on Bluesound Paul. I will check it out a local audio shop.
I use a HEOS 3 with a raspberry pi3… Setup using a netgear wireless bridge (pi has terrible wireless due to no real antenna) which is powered off the HEOS USB jack for pi3 network connectivity and using the pi’s audio jack to the HEOS aux input. The HEOS is a decent speaker with plenty of class D power. The pi3 will cost less than $60, the HEOS $200 to $300… seems the price on the wireless bridge has gone pretty high though, but there should be other alternatives too. Now if you have a Denon AVR/amp with HEOS support you would only need the HEOS speaker and a power outlet.
It’s worth doing a forum Search, as this question or similar has come up quite a bit, for example here.
If you’re happy with Airplay support via Roon, Audiopro speakers might be worth checking out.
I am pretty sure Airplay does not support Hi Res files - it down samples them to CD quality.
Apologies, I missed that requirement from the OP. IIRC Chromecast (originally suggested) tops out at 96KHz so may also not suit the OP, in which case the thread I linked to above should be of some help.
I’d trade features and a reliable wireless connection for the high res capability.
Thanks for the responses everyone. Very much appreciated.