For me, integration of Roon has been a significant improvement to both the listening experience and the user interaction experience.
After reading a number of posts critical of Radio, Qobuz, and Tidal, I thought I’d write a blog article about how I use the 3 to discover new music, build my online libraries, and track disks for purchase. You’re invited to read Music Discovery in the 21st Century.
This article describes my journey through online streaming, how I arrived at Roon, and how I learned to use Roon to broaden my listening horizon and identify music for purchase.
Before Roon and Roon Radio, I’d look up an artist or album at the Apple Music Store, preview it in iTunes, and make a purchase decision. The record went onto an Amazon wish list for eventual purchase. With Roon 1.6 the entire process now takes place in Roon.
Sadly, Roon’s marketing material at the Roon Labs website is shallow so, before my blog article, you had to figure out the process described in my blog on your own. Not everybody has done so.
I think of Roon as another component in my Hi Fi that lets me use my existing high-end components as if they were a BlueSound distributed system. This is a significant value to me as I have significant collectable equipment (GAS Ampzilla, Dhalquist DQ-10s) from the 70’s plus modern value high end equipment (Parasound P5 and Schiit Gumby) that do an excellent job of recreating a club jazz performance in my lounge.