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Article: Roon Labs Releases Version 1.4 Update


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Wow.  This is a pretty major release - iOS device endpoint support has been on my 'list' forever :)

 

Looking forward to giving it a spin.

John Walker - IT Executive

Headphone - MacMini running Roon Server > Netgear Orbi wireless > Blue Jeans Cable Ethernet > mRendu Roon endpoint > iFi Audio xDSD + iFi Audio xCAN > Focal Elegia

Home Theater - Mac Mini running Roon Server > Blue Jeans Cable HDMI > Pioneer Elite SC-81 > MartinLogan Motion series home theater speakers + M&K subwoofer

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My Android device updated. My iOS 11 Air Pad 2 is still not showing a 1.4 version available in the AppStore.  Is this possibly a delayed rollout geographically by Apple?

Main listening (small home office):

Main setup: Surge protector +_iFi  AC iPurifiers >Isol-8 Mini sub Axis Power Conditioning+Isolation>QuietPC Low Noise Server>Roon (Audiolense DRC)>Stack Audio Link II>Kii Control>Kii Three >GIK Room Treatments.

Secondary Listening: Server with Audiolense RC>RPi4 or analog>Matrix Element i Streamer/DAC (XLR)+Schiit Freya>Kii Three .

Bedroom: SBTouch to Cambridge Soundworks Desktop Setup.
Living Room/Kitchen: RPi 3B+ running RoPieee to a pair of Morel Hogtalare. 

All absolute statements about audio are false :)

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4 hours ago, firedog said:

My Android device updated. My iOS 11 Air Pad 2 is still not showing a 1.4 version available in the AppStore.  Is this possibly a delayed rollout geographically by Apple?

Same happened with my iPad mini.  I deleted it and reinstalled; voila.  Midwest US.

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3 hours ago, ted_b said:

Same happened with my iPad mini.  I deleted it and reinstalled; voila.  Midwest US.

Yes that was it.

Main listening (small home office):

Main setup: Surge protector +_iFi  AC iPurifiers >Isol-8 Mini sub Axis Power Conditioning+Isolation>QuietPC Low Noise Server>Roon (Audiolense DRC)>Stack Audio Link II>Kii Control>Kii Three >GIK Room Treatments.

Secondary Listening: Server with Audiolense RC>RPi4 or analog>Matrix Element i Streamer/DAC (XLR)+Schiit Freya>Kii Three .

Bedroom: SBTouch to Cambridge Soundworks Desktop Setup.
Living Room/Kitchen: RPi 3B+ running RoPieee to a pair of Morel Hogtalare. 

All absolute statements about audio are false :)

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Loving Roon 1.4 so far. Playback on iPhone is really slick, and sounds great!

 

I verified it does all the right things when I attach my DF Black to the iPhone:

  1. passes through up to 24/96 PCM content
  2. downsamples higher res PCM to 24/88.2 or 24/96 
  3. transcodes DSD to 24/88.2
  4. Passes through Tidal MQA content as 24/44.1 or 48, BUT
  5. Does NOT enable MQA decoding on the DF, despite Darko's claim here: http://www.digitalaudioreview.net/2017/12/v1-4-seasons-greetings-from-roon/  I suspect John wrote that before his first espresso of the day, because it could only work if Roon did the first unfold in SW, since the Dragonfly is an MQA renderer, not a decoder. And we know the Roon/MQA dance may never be consummated in our lifetimes. 9_9
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Roon 1.4 on an iPhone playing through my ifi Nano is what iTunes should have been but never was.... Wonder whether all that cash in Apple's hands has them thinking Roon is now something they can't resist owning???

Synology NAS>i7-6700/32GB/NVIDIA QUADRO P4000 Win10>Qobuz+Tidal>Roon>HQPlayer>DSD512> Fiber Switch>Ultrarendu (NAA)>SMSL M500 DAC> Bryston SP3 pre>Levinson No. 432 amps>Magnepan (MG20.1x2, CCR and MMC2x6)

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1 minute ago, sdolezalek said:

Roon 1.4 on an iPhone playing through my ifi Nano is what iTunes should have been but never was....

 

Good point. I'd forgotten that while iTunes has been doing grouped zone playback for a long time, you could never play to an iOS endpoint.

 

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In fact, the only thing missing is the ability for my iDevices to connect to the Roon Core remotely so I can use them wherever I have either WiFi or phone connectivity back to my core...

Synology NAS>i7-6700/32GB/NVIDIA QUADRO P4000 Win10>Qobuz+Tidal>Roon>HQPlayer>DSD512> Fiber Switch>Ultrarendu (NAA)>SMSL M500 DAC> Bryston SP3 pre>Levinson No. 432 amps>Magnepan (MG20.1x2, CCR and MMC2x6)

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