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  1. As I say, that statement is open to misinterpretation. It all depends on how you parse it. It needs rewriting. Also, Chromecast support was added in July 2018, so since the Zones page was last updated in May, it naturally wouldn't have any mention of Chromecast support in Zones. Hopefully, one of the Roon community volunteers (e.g. me) will find time to update the KB pages, but there are times when I feel like the Red Queen running hard just to stand still...
  2. The information is correct - but it's open to misinterpretation because of the way it is worded. Roon cannot group together Chromecast audio devices within Roon - Chromecast audio devices can only be grouped together by using Google Home. However, while Roon supports Zone Grouping, or synchronizing audio playback in several zones within your house, zones can only be grouped with other zones of the same type, meaning Squeezebox zones cannot be grouped with RAAT zones, Meridian zones can't be grouped with Airplay zones, etc. And a group of Chromecast Audio devices cannot be grouped with zones that use non-Chromecast technology... See this entry in the Roon Knowledge Base on zones for full information.
  3. I see that the D&D speakers actually have a fan in the base to help cool the electronics. Did this ever kick in during your testing, and did it cause any distraction/negative impact?
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    Roon Vs jriver

    Just let Roon watch the folders. When Roon can't identify the album, it will automatically use the metadata tags. If I don't like the information Roon uses for an album, I just tell Roon to prefer my tag info over what it knows from its database. Roon's object model is much richer than anything that can be done just using ID3 tags (for example, there are over 6,000 credit roles known to Roon), but for albums that I have created, clearly they can't be identified by Roon, so tags are the only source of data that it has.
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    Roon Vs jriver

    Nonsense. Roon uses the tag information from my collection when necessary, and that collection has been managed over the years by MediaMonkey (in the beginning), now dBpoweramp, and MP3Tag (occasionally).
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    Roon Labs Software

    Use the Focus feature in the Album browser: tick the DSD checkbox, then all your albums in DSD will be shown. Then create your Bookmark, give it a suitable name (e.g. DSD Albums), and away you go...
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    CA Readers Choice Awards 2017

    1. Roon 1.4 2. Roon 1.3 3. RoPieee Remote Control
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    Roon Vs jriver

    Apparently there are Roon users with 70K albums or 500K tracks - and they seem satisfied with Roon's ability to handle large libraries. I suspect you mean that the Android remote of Roon is not up there with the performance of other remotes...
  9. Is anyone in a position to answer this? I'd be very interested in the comments. I am still in love with my Quad ESL57s after 40 years and one refurbishment. Are the Kii Threes the first real challenger that might at last turn my head?
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    Roon Nucleus (Servers)

    Nope - that's ROCK, and that's been up and running (and in use by many in the Roon community) for months now. According to Danny Dulai (COO of Roon Labs) the first production units of the Nucleus are imminent (i.e. this month).
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    Roon's first real UI mistep?

    I've lived with the old UI for the past 18 months, and found it fine. The Pawmasher always struck me as a bit "in yer face", but I could live with it. I was never in the "one click play" camp, but I have to say that the new UI has, for the most part, won me over. I rarely use the queue, but the ease with which you can now accidentally delete it with the change to one-click play must be upsetting for those who do. I suspect that the Roonies will be busy with further tweaking of the new design to minimise queue accidents.
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    Roon Vs jriver

    Over the years (since 2012), I've tried JRiver a couple of times, but it just didn't click with me. I chanced upon Roon in February 2016. Being an (ex-)software architect, I was impressed by Roon's software design and architecture, and gave it a trial. I signed up for a lifetime membership before the trial period was up because I saw what the Roon folks had already achieved, and because I felt that they would be capable of taking the concept further. And they did, in version 1.3, delivering a major release that built organically on what was already in place. Roon may not be for everyone, but it's what I've been looking for in a music library and audio delivery system
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    Article: The Definitive Guide To Roon Optimized Core Kit (ROCK)

    I haven't turned the fan off in the BIOS (not sure whether it would make any difference?). I used the Akasa-supplied heatsink pads. More info here
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    Article: The Definitive Guide To Roon Optimized Core Kit (ROCK)

    A couple of clarifications. The Akasa Newton S7 is just a case - it does not come with a PSU. The Intel NUCs do come with a PSU. It's a DIY job to take the motherboard out of the Intel NUC and install it in the Akasa case. Here's an excellent video showing the process. The Akasa Newton S7 does not support the Core i7 version of the new NUC line for the simple reason that the i7 has a TDP of 28 watts. The i3 and i5 CPUs have a TDP of 15 watts, and the thermal design of the fanless Akasa case is designed to cope with these models.
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    Article: The Definitive Guide To Roon Optimized Core Kit (ROCK)

    The Intel NUC has a fan, whereas the Nucleus will be fanless. How much noise does your NUCi7 generate? Is it quiet enough to place in your listening room, or have you put it in a cupboard somewhere? Thanks.
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