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    Major Changes For Roon in Version 1.8

    On February 9, 2021 Roon will be updated to version 1.8. I'm short on details, but hope to have the team back on the podcast to talk about all updates. For now, here are the written details straight from Roon. I was told Roon version 1.8 runs natively on Apple Silicon Macs with the M1 SoC or newer. I'm waiting on a second confirmation of this and will report back as soon as I hear. 

     

    UPDATE: Just got confirmation that version 1.8 won't initially support Apple Silicon natively. Rosetta 2 is required. 

     

    Press Release: 

     

    February 2, 2021 – Roon Labs, the world’s most innovative music discovery and streaming platform that offers users a way to engage with their music collection in a whole new way, has made significant improvements with its latest software release.

     

    Roon 1.8 brings an immersive new experience that delivers even more from the Roon features you know and love, in a powerful and beautiful new way.

     

     

    Refined and redesigned
    In its latest release, Roon becomes a captivating gallery of music for you to browse and explore your collection on a much deeper level.

     

    Roon 1.8 presents a fresh, modern design with bold typography that looks visually stunning and is a pleasure to use. But the changes made are more than skin deep. Each of Roon’s newly designed layouts, from the new Home and artist screens to the composer and genre pages, are curated just for you.

     

    The new vertical scroll makes it quick and easy to find the music that you’re looking for, no matter what device you’re using – meaning your Roon experience is consistent and seamless across desktop, tablet and smartphone.

     

     

     

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    Intelligent and powerful music discovery


    Roon 1.8 brings extremely powerful new browsing capabilities and recommendations that understand your music collection like no other. By combining Roon’s deep metadata and learnings from how you and Roon’s community of 100,000 expert listeners use the platform, suggestions are made with uncanny insight and is tailored to each individual listener.

     

    Whether you have an extensive music collection you’ve built up over years or you’re just starting out, your own music collection is always just the starting point. Roon helps you rediscover your own music collection and find new music outside it. And by connecting TIDAL or Qobuz streaming services to your Roon account, you have access to a vast world of high-resolution streamed music and the possibility of making endless new discoveries.

     

     

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    Focus: far beyond “search”


    Roon’s Focus feature has long been the most powerful way to explore your own music, but the newly-expanded 1.8 release goes beyond your library. Focus can now be used to find music anywhere in Roon – even across Qobuz and TIDAL – giving you a 360- view of your favorite artists, genre, performers and composers.

     

    Browse and filter your favorite artists’ most significant albums, their top collaborations, their influences and connections to the artists you already love – to find exactly the music you’re looking for. Not only can you browse a variety of new Roon-powered recommendations, but the new Discography view makes it easy to browse even the most prolific artist’s catalog.

     

     

     

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    Classical music reimagined


    Roon understands that how you explore certain genres of music is different. That’s why the 1.8 release features a completely new visual style and information layout for classical music, bringing advanced discovery and an educational experience like no other service.

     

    Whether you’re a connoisseur or just getting introduced to classical music, Roon guides you to explore the genre from the perspective of the composer, performance, period or more. It also provides tighter links between albums and composers, as well as simpler browsing and intelligent recommendations based on the composer, performer, composition or conductor you’re listening to.

     

    The new Discography feature also includes a comprehensive new “performances” view, where you can use Focus to find the exact performance you’re looking for. Interested in hearing Martha Argerich performing Chopin? Maybe a Nocturne? All Bach recordings by Glenn Gould? In just a couple clicks, Focus will get you there.

     

     

     

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    An experience tailor-made for you


    Ever wondered what your most listened to artist or genre is? The updated Home screen in 1.8 includes an all-new dashboard of your listening habits over time, broken down by top artists, albums and genres. This can be switched to show data for the last week, month, year or all time.

     

    You also get a calendar view of what music you’ve been listening to over the last four weeks, and clicking on each section offers even deeper insight into your listening habits down to the minute.

     

    There are now also quick links to the Roon Community within the app, so you are always just one click away from support from Roon and its music experts.

     

     

     



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    I hope they have worked on the Discovery some as I find it to be extremely repetitive with the albums it suggests.

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    I'm actually kind of excited about the timeframe bit for classical. Hopefully it also has geographic region. 

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    I second ASRMichael

     

    All the fluff is nice, but I do not need help to know what to listen to.

     

    Not that I would stop using HQP, but there is a "Roon Tax" when I listen to Roon alone.

    Still, it's great to see the return on the license fees we pay. 

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    It really took me a while to understand that Roon is not just a music player for my Tidal and CD albums. It is also a librarian/superb record store employee that gives me additional info about the albums I'm listening to and potentially related albums that I might be interested in.

    That's why initially, I really think of Roon the same way @ASRMichael and @jacques_racine did. 

    But because others rave about Roon so much, I am forcing myself to explore more outside of my comfort zone or even within my comfort zone based on what Roon has to offer and I'm slowly appreciating it more.

    I'm curious how much improved the Classical Music sorting is setup because that would affect me the most in terms of ease of exploring the same works by the same composers performed by different performers. I guess I'll find out next week...

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    Looks good. It will be great if they make it easier to find and navigate classical music.

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    2 hours ago, jhwalker said:

    Still no word about (supported) remote access / mobile mode.  I guess that will be reserved for 2.0 :/

     

    Nevertheless, looking forward to the newish UI and expanded "smarts", especially in Classical handling :)


    Roon team will send 5 updates the comming days, reveal more features etc. before final launch. 

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    Looking forward to this very "visible" release. 

     

    I think more than any previous Roon release, this one will be, ahem...Argued, debated, celebrated, hated, loved, contested, praised, questioned, challenged, acclaimed, admired, applauded, hailed, excited....that should cover it.😉

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    12 hours ago, ASRMichael said:

    Nothing about sound quality improvements. It’s a pity I would love to use Roon again. 

    What is the sound quality issue with Roon?

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    @The Computer Audiophile I am curious to know if the Roon server will run on the M1 mini as that would give me a use for the one I have here. I think my 2011 is dying a slow heat death and I may kill it for good by attempting to reapply thermal paste tomorrow.

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    2 hours ago, InVinoVeritasty said:

    What is the sound quality issue with Roon?

    Use search on forums & find out. 

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    1 hour ago, InVinoVeritasty said:

    That’s what I thought. I will as soon as I finish tuning my ethernet cable.

    If you don’t notice then lucky you. Keep it that way. In a way I actually regret trying something else, otherwise I may still be using Roon. But I can’t knowing the step up from other media players out there. Just my opinion. 
     

    I tune my Ethernet cable once a year roughly! That usually involves upgrading my Sablon cable. 😂

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    Today’s update:

    Context and meaning, powered by Valence (part 2 of 5)
    Tomorrow, we’ll be sharing a preview of the new browsing tools available in Roon 1.8 

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    11 hours ago, Foggie said:

    Not sure if this is what you are referring to but, per Chris above "UPDATE: Just got confirmation that version 1.8 won't initially support Apple Silicon natively. Rosetta 2 is required."

     

    Thanks, I had not seen the update.

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    18 hours ago, ASRMichael said:

    Use search on forums & find out. 

    I did search and I didn't find out.

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    I currently listen straight from a roon core pc.  I know roon says endpoints sound better.  Should i focus on an endpoint first or should i put HQ player on the roon core.  The endpoint would be in same room as the core anyway, any theories on what would be the bigger improvement?  Thanks, new here so i hope its okay to just ask for advice first post.

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