I’ve been using my Raspberry Pi with a Digione as my digital source for about a year. I have tried all of the MPDs(Volumio, Rune, and Moode) and Logitech Media Server.
In the spirit of leaving no stone unturned I decided to sign up for a trial of Roon.
Huge paradigm shift, but not in a good way I’m afraid. Based on what I’ve experienced I would say that Roon is more geared towards the AOL/Apple crowd. THe kind of people that are willing to give up features and pay huge money to have something that is just dead simple to use.
What do you mean my resolution isn’t high enough? I’m running at 1080P on a 55" TV. Works fine in full screen, which only adds a few more pixels on each side .vs a maximized window. Switching between full screen and a window, you know like if I wanted to actually use my computer for other things while I’m listening to music, is a pain and kicks me back to the message about my resolution being too low which means I can control bupkis until I go back to full screen again.
Ropieee- Not Roon’s fault, but just a general FYI for anyone tempted to take this path…don’t. The setup takes forever and the sound quality is very lackluster. I was able to connect Roon to Volumio and then the sound quality was fine. So at least Roon itself is neutral in terms of SQ(didn’t try DSPs or EQs. That just isn’t my scene)
The interface is really terrible in every way possible. First huge fail…two words FOLDER VIEW. It doesn’t exist. Virtually every media player for the PC and phone has some form of this. I even had an Android player that locked this option out until you bought the program for $3. $119 a year or $499 for a lifetime of regret(or blissful ignorance depending on the user) and you get NO FOLDER VIEW OPTION!
Would you like to shuffle or do radio play? I will admit that the radio play option is kinda cool. Hell no not $119 a year cool, but alright. The fail here is that the feature is forced down your throat. Yes you can disable it, but when you restart the program. Boing! it back. From almost every view the only option is to shuffle the album that I just selected. This is actually two fails in one. Shuffle always begins on track 1, so if I was actually going for shuffle I would be screwed until the second song. As previously mentioned from almost every view there is no option to just play the album from front to back.
I found a whole host of other things that ranged from Why? to WTF?, but I think you get the point. This software was obviously designed for people who are okay with a product that marches to the beat of its own drum, and completely ignores the progress that other music players and made over the last several decades, and have money to burn.