Yamaha and Roon. What is the best way to add Roon to multiple Yamaha Amps?

I have been playing around with Roon, and using an old iPhone 6 as an endpoint for one of my amps.

It’s been a really good experiment, and I am now looking for suggestions on how to add Roon endpoints to the rest of my Yamaha Amplifiers.

This is a multi room setup.
1 x Yamaha WXA-50 for in ceiling speakers
1 x Yamaha WXA-50 for outdoor speakers
1 x Yamaha RXV-1085 for the home theatre

These are the main zones that I would like to control.

But, as a bonus, there are also 3 more Amps and speakers around the property that would be nice to have Roon on in the future. (Two Yamaha, one Denon).

The Roon server is on a large Synology NAS, and it is networked nicely throughout to every amp via a good cat6 Ubiquiti network.

Looking for suggestions on ways to add endpoints that are not too expensive, as they are just in ceiling speakers etc… but at the same time, we like to listen to quality music, and the speakers are all Monitor Audio, and we mostly are listening to FLAC and Tidal.

Any and all thoughts appreciated. Thanks,

All your Yamaha amps support Airplay. So you can as a starting point use Airplay and need no other new devcies. If the amps are in the same network as your Roon core you only need to enable the Airplay devices in Roon (Settings->Audio). And in one minute you have your multi room setup running.

Thanks for taking the time to reply.

I am familiar with Airplay, and have played around with it. But, I would prefer a more robust solution.
Airplay is not ideal with iPhone notifications going off etc.

We have had a successful multiroom running for the past 18 month. It’s just that using it through the Yamaha Musiccast app is not ideal. (The app is terrible).

We had Spotify Connect working nicely as well. But then, I discovered Tidal… and ditched Spotify.

It really would be ideal if Yamaha came to the party and added Roon support. (But, I understand that that is not likely judging by the replies on a Facebook forum). (… would be curious to know… did anyone from Roon reach out directly to Yamaha?)

So, I am guessing that I would need to plug something into the Yamaha amps to have the best result. (The iphone 6 test was a great success. Should I just get some more old iPhones or iPods? and if so, what is the best way to connect them?) Or, something else?

Hi Ben do your Yamaha have USB for audio in?

If they do you could try a raspberry pi with USB audio and a distro like Ropiee, DietPi or VitOS and they all work well, this would give you a Roon Endpoint directly into your amps.

If not you could try one of the audio hats (I have a hifiberry Digi+ pro with toslink and coaxial on it), others are available at a low cost and can drive analogue if you need that.

Plenty of threads on the subject here and plenty of people who understand this well to offer help.

Regards

Mike

You don’t need your iPhone for Airplay with Roon. The Roon Core can communicate via airplay directly with your amps. You only need to activate it in the Roon settings. Try it.

Ben that is correct, Roon can internally talk to different protocols including Sonos, Airplay and Chromecast as well as Linn. The Roon server would do all this work, so depending what protocols your Amps provide you can make use of these.
Only thing to bear in mind is that if you want to group the zones, they all have to talk the same protocol.

Regards

Mike

Ah, I see.

Thanks guys!

I did not realize that. I will have a play with it.

Appreciated.

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Good luck Ben
Mike