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    Audiophile Style Podcast: Episode 1 | Roon Labs Interview

    It's a new year and it's time for something new here at Audiophile Style. Actually, what's old is new again. I launched a podcast back in 2009, but quickly realized "nobody" was listening to podcasts back then. I put the show on hiatus, was a guest on a few other podcasts, and waited until I was ready to fire things back up. Today is the day to (re)introduce the Audiophile Style Podcast.

     

    Podcast Setup.jpgAs much as I'd love to deliver this show to everyone in lossless high resolution audio, the podcast platforms only accept MP3. So, I record everything as lossless WAV files, then convert to 320 Kbps MP3 to give everyone the best quality currently possible. Given that I'm using a Merging Technologies Anubis analog to digital converter to record, I technically could do everything at DXD (384 kHz) or DSD256, but that's a bit over the top, even for me.

     

    Anyway, let's get to business. I have the first six episodes already in the can and can't wait to share them with everyone. In this week's episode I interview three members of the Roon Labs team. It was fun to hear about the company's start as Sooloos in New York City back in the day, its acquisition by Meridian, and it subsequent spinout into its own software company. The first episode has a dynamic range value of 12, so people may need to adjust their volume levels. 

     

    A huge thanks to David Chesky for allowing me to use the track East Harlem, from the album The Body Acoustic. The album can be purchased and downloaded at 24/96 from the Chesky Records site here

     

    All AS Podcast episodes can be found here, or you can find / subscribe on every podcast platform known to man. If I missed a platform some people use, just let me know. Here are links to the most popular platforms.

     

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    Nice. I think most people including myself use pocketcast as well. I added by url, but it's nice to have a button. Thanks

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    Found in Pocket Casts but not in Podcasts  (native Apple) FYI.   

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    1 hour ago, The Computer Audiophile said:

    Ha! I love it. 

     

    Fixed. 

     

    I got a good chuckle out of that in the moment as well.

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    Happy to see this become a reality and fantastic choice of Roon for the first episode. Nice to hear their story and where they are today.

     

    Looking forward to the episodes to come!

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    15 minutes ago, ASRMichael said:

    You want to hear dirty joke? 
     

    “Jock the coalman”

     

    Hopefully the hard working coal men giving us electricity to power our devices are not offended! 😂😂

    I think everyone of them would agree, their job isn't easy or good for their health.

     

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    Chris fantastic podcast! Thoroughly enjoyed it! 
     

    If you do another podcast can you ask them about SQ. You know a lot of members here stopped using Roon because of its sound quality, & Taiko now created it’s own (TAS). Or at least as them where sound quality sits as a priority for them. 
     

    Holding onto customer has to be a priority for them! 

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    Still very annoying that Roon won't stream to devices of a different protocol type. If you can start it yourself a few seconds apart surely there would be something to group all zones of different streaming protocols ie Chromecast, USB dac, Linn, Raat etc

     

    Also annoying that grouped Chromecasts don't have individual volume control yet you can do it separately via Home when streaming from Roon

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    It is nice to give this opportunity to Roon staff to explain how and what they are doing. It is undoubtedly a good application. I just cringe when I hear them speaking of it as a "collector's" dream... It is very far from that ! Two years ago, I stopped using Roon (see here: https://community.roonlabs.com/t/bye-roon-why-i-am-not-renewing-my-subscription/67012), and don't regret it. I just wish there were other alternatives for serious music collectors than something build on AllMusic, which is flawed, and always will be. Roon could be much more ambitious, but they are content in providing a superficial solution. It is a shame.

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    If the technology exists to make a transcript of podcasts would it be possible to have transcripts posted?

     

    If not, no worries.

     

    Cheers

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    34 minutes ago, Rcanoe said:

    If the technology exists to make a transcript of podcasts would it be possible to have transcripts posted?

     

    If not, no worries.

     

    Cheers

    Yes, it exists. I'm looking into it.

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    Sorry to bug but it doesn't come up in IOS or OS for me.  Could it be a restriction for Canada? 

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    5 minutes ago, steve21 said:

    Sorry to bug but it doesn't come up in IOS or OS for me.  Could it be a restriction for Canada? 

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    Thanks for the screenshot. is anyone else in Canada who can check?

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    2 hours ago, The Computer Audiophile said:

    Thanks for the screenshot. is anyone else in Canada who can check?

    Works for me in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

    Using macOS Big Sur v11.1, Intel 2017 12" MacBook

    And I've listened to the podcast on my iPhone 12 Pro (iOS 14.3) so that works too.

    I don't know why it didn't work for @steve21

     

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    43 minutes ago, bobfa said:

    More podcasts please!

    Absolutely. Five more are finished and I’m lining up more right now. I love doing it and continue to tweak things to make it better. 

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