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- I’ve run a MacBook Pro with the lid closed for short periods, but I don’t know if they are safe to run that way for long periods. If you want to stick with Mac, a Mini might be a more appropriate choice.
OK, so sounds like lid open is the way to go, which I can do too.
- For a while I had my music on a Synology NAS (like yours) and the Roon Core on an Intel NUC. I just moved my music (~20K tracks) to a 2TB SSD mounted on my NUC, using the NAS as backup. Faster response, less NAS activity, additions to the collection show on Roon right away.
Makes sense, and the laptop has the space.
- All Roon endpoints designed to sync together for simultaneous play.
I thought I heard the YouTuber Hans B say something like simultaneous streaming requires the same class? (e.g. airport express cannot play along with chromecast)
- I have Mac, iPad, and Android phones. Interface differences are minor, mainly related to different screen sizes. I move around the house and use whatever control point is at hand. All of the devices I have can stream from Roon
OK, this is great to know. I would like a solution that others in the household can use easily, so more devices is better.
- What’s a killer value Roon Ready transport for retrofitting an old A/V receiver (just streamer with digital outputs, no DAC, buttons needed)
It depends on how much DYI you are comfortable with, whether wired or wireless, and what connection methods you need (USB, S/PDIF, …). For Ethernet>USB, I’ve been happy with the Allo USBridge, the latest version is here. For Ethernet>S/PDIF coax or AES, I’ve used a variety of DYI Raspberry Pi setups with Pi 2 Design HATs, most recently the outstanding Pi2AES. I have no experience with WiFi setups. Going up in price and ease of setup, units from Pro-Ject, Sonore, SoTM, and Metrum have got good reviews. The Metrum Ambre in that category is my personal favorite, but by no means killer value.
Forgot to consider wired/wireless… I have some ethernet, but not everywhere. In this case, I don’t have ethernet nearby, though an adapter would help. Will check these options, thanks.
- No personal experience, but Pro-Ject has some interesting units in this class.
Will check those out, thanks.
- Very detailed DYI instructions, I followed them for the variant I have for my work setup.
- Can’t see any way to do that.
It’s been a useful feature of the otherwise awful DTS Play-Fi system. Very often their service interfaces won’t play music, so I will stream my Squeezebox Touch to other devices via line-in streaming. With Roon I won’t have that issue.
- Yes. Roon mostly does not care about folders, it organizes music in terms of albums, compositions, performers, composers, genres. The main dependence on folders is for multidisc albums/boxsets, which require some curation of the folder structure to be recognized correctly. Roon does a good job in finding the right metadata to organize a lot of my catalog, but it may struggle with some older classical releases, some boxsets, and very recent independent/self-published releases.
It’s a hard problem. Do you know if it relies on the file names like Plex? (which can often be dead wrong) Or is it sampling the songs and matching that way?
- Not in Roon directly. Some endpoints have AirPlay or Chromecast protocol so you can cast YouTube to them as an alternative to Roon.
OK. I may look for this in an endpoint. I am not sure RaspberryPi endpoints will do this.