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    Roon 1.6 With Qobuz Integration and More

    Roon 1.6 is a major update to the software, but the most anticipated part is without a doubt its integration with Qobuz. Countless music aficionados, tired of Tidal, have been waiting for this integration for several months. Now that Qobuz is available in the US (beta) and Roon will combine Qobuz content with a user's local content, I have a feeling thousands of people will dump Tidal in favor of Qobuz. 

     

    Other updates implemented in version 1.6 include a new Roon Radio, new look, and simplified DSP engine. Roon Radio is an underrated feature that I've enjoyed since the day I started using Roon. Like Roon has always done, and similar to Pandora, users can select the thumbs up / down buttons to improve future Roon Radio suggestions. 

     

    One item of note that may not please privacy enthusiasts is that Roon Radio makes recommendations based on other Roon subscribers with similar tastes. As users listen and interact with Roon it collects this information and uses it for not only to improve your experience but that of others as well. 

     

    I've reached out to Roon for a comment about what data it collects and if opting out is possible. I'll update this article when I hear back.

     

    Note: I just heard back from Roon who stated its privacy policy hasn’t changed since the beginning and sent me a link. 

     

    http://kb.roonlabs.com/Privacy_Policy

     

    In the new look part of the update real-time lyrics are more present. These lyrics are something I've come to enjoy, especially when sending them to my Google Home Hub for viewing while I work, even though the audio is still reproduced through my main audio system. No matter how much I like a track, there's always a lyrics or two I screw up and it's important to know Jimi Hendrix was singing about kissing the sky rather than kissing "this guy."

     

    Here is the official press release and some additional images. 

     

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    What better way to kick off the new year than with our biggest update yet?

    Version 1.6 brings the brand new Roon Radio, integration with the Qobuz music service, and an improved user experience across several areas of the application.


    Embargo: January 22nd, 2019
    (Editor’s Note: I see it’s Jan 22nd in some places already and others have published this info, so we went live as well. -CC)

    The update will be available to all users at 12pm EST on January 22nd, 2019.
     
     

    The NEW Roon Radio

    Roon has always been great at reconnecting you with the music you've collected over the years, but now we've completely reimagined how Roon creates your personalized radio experience. Designed from the ground up with new machine learning technology, Roon Radio can play a mix of your favorites along with music from beyond your library, using the vast catalog of music from TIDAL and Qobuz.

    To get started, click the Roon Radio button on any album, artist, track, or genre from your library, TIDAL, or Qobuz!

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    Roon Radio makes recommendations based on not only your own music preferences but also those of other Roon subscribers with similar tastes in music. Use the thumbs up and down buttons to craft a personal, one-of-a-kind radio experience.

    As you listen to and interact with Roon Radio over time, it learns more about what you like and helps you discover new music by curating great recommendations.

     

    Uncompressed high-resolution music from Qobuz

    These days there are many ways to get your music – streaming services, digital download stores, and internet radio stations – and Roon supports them all. We’re committed to giving Roon subscribers more choices, which is why we’re excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with Qobuz to integrate their streaming offering in Roon!
     

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    Now you can access the entire Qobuz catalog in Roon, allowing you to take advantage of Roon’s metadata with all of your favorite Qobuz content.

    Seamlessly sync your Roon and Qobuz collections, use Roon’s Versions to replace your lossy content with lossless versions from Qobuz, and fire up the new Roon Radio to start discovering more of what’s available from Qobuz.

     

    A fresh new look

    We listen to feedback from our subscriber community, and we’ve really taken that feedback to heart when redesigning several key areas of Roon 1.6. Check out our new Now Playing, Search, and DSP screens for some examples of how Roon is easier and more fun to use than ever. 

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    Roon’s metadata takes the spotlight on Now Playing, displaying a high resolution artist image, Real-Time Lyrics, credits, review, bio, and streaming resolution.
     

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    Search prioritizes the most relevant content in an easy-to-read layout, and lets you toggle between seeing only what’s in your own library, or including results from TIDAL and Qobuz.
     

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    Our DSP engine has been simplified to be more approachable and easy to understand, with a simple preset system that works across all devices, including your phone or tablet.

     



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    2 minutes ago, Em2016 said:

    Thanks @The Computer Audiophile !

     

    Normally announcements come right after it's officially released. 

     

    Still not released but we must be close.

     

    https://community.roonlabs.com/c/roon/software-release-notes

    I just added this note. The announcement was scheduled to go live Jan 22nd automatically but I was sent links to other posting this. 

     

    (Editor’s Note: I see it’s Jan 22nd in some places already and others have published this info, so we went live as well. -CC)

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    2 minutes ago, The Computer Audiophile said:

    (Editor’s Note: I see it’s Jan 22nd in some places already and others have published this info, so we went live as well. -CC)

     

    Hehe yes I noticed that too. Wonder if the first person publishing it actually leaked it or if they were allowed to publish?

     

    Doesn't matter.

     

    Patiently waiting for the update to hit us.

     

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    4 minutes ago, Em2016 said:

     

    Hehe yes I noticed that too. Wonder if the first person publishing it actually leaked it or if they were allowed to publish?

     

    Doesn't matter.

     

    Patiently waiting for the update to hit us.

     

    Yeah, nobody is dumping stock based on this news. It’s audio. Fun stuff. 

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    YAY

     

    Of course this means I have to make a serious decision of which ROON endpoint I want to use in my office system, and if I want to replace the Aurender in my main system...

     

    Sigh.

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    56 minutes ago, mozes said:

    Any mention of improving SQ? 

     

    Well. you're some happy camper...this is just great news with many people happy to welcome it but you want to take this opportunity to snark and disparage the company.

    You must be lots of fun.

     

    Thanks Chris, great news!

    Any news if we in the frozen North (Canada) will have access to Qobuz at the same time?

     

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    38 minutes ago, astr0b0y said:

    How do you improve bit-perfect sound quality?

     

    There is more to the story than being bit perfect.....

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    1 hour ago, astr0b0y said:

    How do you improve bit-perfect sound quality?

    Not the right thread to go into this debate. I belong to a school of thought that believes that SQ depends on many factors other than bit-perfect. 

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    @wdw  ,  There is an easy workaround to get Qobuz in Can through an account from any of the Euro countries, I have a few friends in Canada doing this , ... I don't want to get into any trouble so just Google it :)     

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    32 minutes ago, Don Blas De Lezo said:

    @wdw  ,  There is an easy workaround to get Qobuz in Can through an account from any of the Euro countries, I have a few friends in Canada doing this , ... I don't want to get into any trouble so just Google it :)     

     

    Trudat...many thanks..  There is a web of ownership between us, the willing audience, and these Suits....but which should be between us and the artists that offer us their music, so this delay.

    I am happy to subscribe to Qobuz using a Canadian IP and give those guys with the high top underwear (opening page of Tidal) and MQA a heave ho.

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    Wow, can't wait till the weekend -- loooong listening session coming up switching between Tidal and Qobuz versions.  So far the integration is seamless (of course my library got almost twice as big overnight).  Roon has handled this extremely professionally -- not getting out ahead of itself, but getting the timing perfect to coincide with the US beta period for Qobuz. Congats!  Very nicely done!  

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