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Roon? (vs Sonos)

Discussion in 'BYTE ME: Technology discussion' started by cgori, Nov 27, 2018.

  1. cgori

    cgori Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

    Anyone have/use Roon at their house? I have 2 pieces of Sonos gear (Connect for living room and a Play:5 for the master bedroom), but Roon has been mentioned to me several times in the last few months as an alternative. All of my music is already on a NAS in MP3 and FLAC format, and I might be able to run the Roon server on the NAS as well. Roon can stream to the Sonos hardware but I'm really curious about how the Roon app is. I find the Sonos app pretty easy to use, though their playlist management is a little weird, and the shuffle capability very weird.

    Main downside of Roon: it doesn't integrate with Spotify yet (Roon has some kind of relationship with Tidal for the hi-res tracks - my living room stereo could handle hi-res, though I've yet to actually find some tracks to compare so it's hard to know if it's really worth it, and all my ripped stuff is 44.1/16 FLAC). I could switch to Tidal but it looks like Spotify has more tracks available by a decent margin.

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