I have been using Roon for almost a year now. Overall I am quite happy with it. It’s so nice to have a high-quality music server that works with so many different kinds of hardware. I am coming from SONOS, so this is major improvement. However, I feel Roon’s user experience is not as polished as what I became used to:
Often the iOS app “Lost Connection!”, it won’t not reconnect to my Roon server. Only a hard kill and relaunch helps. Pretty annoying, especially when I you just want to pause the music quickly.
I don’t understand why the main menu on the phone is different from the desktop. IMHO options like Artist and Albums should not be buried under a “More…” menu. And shouldn’t there be a Recent menu on the desktop? By the way it would be nice if the main menu could be pinned (desktop version).
Unfortunately, the iOS app does not feel that native, compared to the Apple Music, TIDAL and SONOS apps. Navigation buttons are small (or maybe my fingers are too thick and it would be nice if there was support for swipe-to-back and the hardware volume controls.
To me the TIDAL integration remains confusing. Some of my TIDAL albums do not appear under TIDAL > Your Favorites, while they are listed under Library > Albums. An vice versa. Also, when I add (favorite?) a TIDAL album in Roon, it does not appear as favorite in the native TIDAL app, which it annoying when I want to listen to that particular album in the car.
I would love to have an easy way to filter various views (artists, albums, genres, search results, etc) for either:
a) my own music files
b) my own music files and my TIDAL favorites
c) my TIDAL favorites
d) only all TIDAL