this is a great day for me as finally the long announced rooPlay is ready.
With rooPlay you now can stream external inputs from various sources through Roon and use its DSPs. I’m so happy that I can now finally stream audio from my turntable to Roon via my phono preamp and my RME ADI-2 Pro, allowing me to use the digital room correction I have set up even when playing LPs.
Besides this rooPlay offers a bunch of additional very smart features so you can …
- play music from your iPhone directly through Roon.
- play LPs through Roon.
- record from LP or other analog or digital sources to a USB-stick in FLAC up to 24/192.
- play music CDs through Roon.
- Play various audio test signals offered by rooPlay.
- Connect USB DACs using them as Roon and HQ-Player playback devices.
For some of these features you need additional hardware for example an audio interface for LP playback. A budget solution for this would be the Behringer UFO202. It provides 16/48 and has a phono preamp included all for less than 40$. For better quality just use another class compatible audio interface like the RME ADI-2 Pro FS.
For CD playback you need an additional USB CD-ROM drive. All of them should work fine, but I prefer the Apple Super Drive for its good design. Inserting a CD will automatically start playback. During playback you can skip forward and back with the Nuimo, the SpaceMouse, the Surface Dial or by selecting the corresponding items in the rooPlay setting. Stopping playback ejects the CD.
Streaming via iPhone is also an option. Just select rooExtend in the Airplay dialog and play Music. The Roon playback will start automatically and stay active until you send a stop command to Roon. This allows you to stream any audio content you can access on your iPhone (e.g., Spotify) via Roon.
Besides this, I also added some audio test files that can be played via rooPlay. Most useful in my eyes is the “Channel Check” track to check if your speakers are correctly connected.
All this is possible as rooPlay has a built-in radio station that streams lossless FLAC up to 24/192 to Roon. This has two implications:
It is mandatory that you set up the rooPlay radio station in your “My Live Radio”. Without this rooPlay won’t work! You find how this is done in the Quick installation Guide in the download area.
Playback is delayed by 10s. This means when you start a CD or iPhone playback, you must wait 10 seconds for the track to get to your ears, as Roon has to fill up its internal buffers first.
Besides the new rooPlay Roon Extension you now can connect a TV to the HDMI-output of the Raspberry Pi and see the beautiful Roon Display artwork. For this connect to the display called “Chrome” inside Roon.
Additionally, on the HTML-page of rooExtend you now can change the hostname of your rooExtend instance. This was asked for by users running multiple rooExtend instances in their house. Also, at the very end of this page you find two buttons to access the Logs and some audio debugging information mainly for me to help you in case of issues.
In this thread we like to encourage you to drop your questions and comments regarding rooPlay. Feel free to ask and tell me your success story. I will be here to support you.