So Roon Random album (a third party extension - one of many great ones) starts playing a Claude Debussy album I have after a few hours listening and reading the lyrics to “It’s a shame about Ray” as some research for an upcoming gig.
I must have bought this around 2006-7 when I was trying to educate myself more in different types of music. It hasn’t got played much in the intervening years but is sounding interesting tonight.
So I head over to Pink Fish and search Debussy and get a mixture of music threads and DAC threads. There are several recommendations and I simply cut and paste the artist into Roon search, go to discography and filter “dub” and bingo the albums recommended show up.
I add some of these to my queue and add a few to my library as a consequence.
It just struck me this is absolutely amazing as when I was trying to educate myself in classical in the middle of the first decade of this century it involved adding albums (that as you can perceive I rarely listened to) to an Amazon cart after recommendations on the Naim forum.
And as if the emphasise the universality of music Random has now selected Half Man Half Biscuit
A national treasure as my avatar often said.
God knows I often complain about Roon and there are a lot if irritants but how else could I achieve what I’ve listened to tonight?
Well done Roon, you have enhanced my enjoyment of (my) music no end.
I’m still awestruck by the ability to hear new music on Radio Paradise, click on the band in Now Playing, check their discography and bio and add any interesting albums to my library. No copying or pasting, just clicks.
I had a similar moment today with Roon Radio. Choose a single track as a seed and Roon just kept serving up one fantastic tune after another. Added a bunch of albums to my library via Tidal and Qobuz. I was walking around my house using my phone as a remote, listening through wireless headphones, but could just as easily have sat down at my desk with my head-fi rig, or in my comfy chair in my living room with my primary system, and even via Sonos in my bedroom or a Home Pod mini in my kitchen. Great music all around me whenever I’d like - Roon rocks!
Ive run a few different cores over the last little while
mostly is Windows 10 i7 10700 32GB 256GB Boot NVMe SSD with 16TB & 6TB drives for shared Music libraries 335K
but also run with MacOS 13 MacMini M1 16GB 256GB Boot
and Nucleus (not +) 12GB 128GB M.2 NVMe SSD
NUC ROCK i7 Gen 7 16GB 256GB M.2 NVMe SSD
All of the above sharing the Win10 music storage over the network
But I have used older MacMini 2014 8GB and even on a Synology 1813+ NAS many years ago with maybe only 250K tracks - that one soon ran out of puff and did the '14 mini.
I like to switch my hardware around from time to time, along with my audio setups too… have many zones mostly using 3 Lumin’s but a few Sonos Play:3’s and Raspberry Pi’s running Ropieee or rooExtend with roonbridge to hats or other DAC’s
Hifi and Computers are my hobby. I also spin vinyl with 5+ turntables in the house. Listening to music is a passion that as I have grown older I find a much better appreciation for and Roon allows me to develop that appreciation better than any other user interface I had found in the last 7 years.