I, for one, really appreciate the new version 1.8 and the decisions made by the dev team. A few months ago I had cancelled the auto-renew of my Roon subscription and began planning a different solution. I didn’t even consider that v1.8 would solve the many problems I had with earlier versions (many I reported here).
But I was curious so I installed 1.8 to see what had changed and it was simply pleasant surprise after pleasant surprise as I searched for local and Tidal music, managed my playlists and playback devices, and listened to Roon Radio. I agree with the many posts on this board that there needs to be stability fixes and further refinement, but the overall design decisions matched with my expectations for what this software should do.
TLDR: I am renewing my Roon subscription.