So, I’ve been an advocate of roon for a good few years now, but for many reasons I’ve never really taken the plunge into full blown roon. I’ve typically used a Mac with iTunes and iTunes remote and on the basis of back to back blind listening wasn’t able to hear any benefit to roon (and many including myself would suggest there’s no reason to either).
However Apple is starting to go down odd routes and iTunes is no more. They’re making it harder and harder to manage a library of your own music. I also think that controlling it all remotely is likely to get trickier With time. Add to this the fact I don’t even like the newest Mac OS, the choice was made.
I decided to get away from reliance on a single eco system (iTunes and airplay only).
Work had a spare mini PC lying around (i3,8gb and 256gb ssd) so decided to liberate that, throw roon onto it and just sell the Mac. The idea being that the Mac would pay for my first year of roon and give me a little spare to enjoy the season!
As of today, my trial ended and I went paid. I’m glad to finally be part of the community. I’m also excited about the opportunities that roon offers (considering a RoPieee with 7” display as endpoint soon).
It also coincides rather well with Tidal doing 5 months for £5, so I’ve started a Hi-Fi plan with tidal and also enjoying how I can include albums as part of my roon library.
All in all I’m looking forward to playing more, adding new endpoints and maybe even dabbling with room EQ etc.
Happy Roon Year everyone!