If all you do is stream Tidal/ Amazon I don't see any reason for roon just an extra expense.
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1 - I do.
2 - I'll have to check this when home
3 - Never had this issue
4 - It is a semi-manual process, it is not as integrated as anything with Dirac Live (like the miniDSP streamers) but it's pretty fully featured if you have the tools and experience to set it up. See my blog post on this.
5 - Yep, Roon requires a beefy core, but then streamers can be ridiculously cheap. I use an old Linux with an AMD A10 CPU for the core, an SSD for the music, and a Pi 4 for the streamer.
In my case, I dusted off the old Linux box, and got a Pi 4, so my hardware outlay was ~ $150.
You don't like it. You don't need it. I would be lost without it.
I use Roon to replace my previous iTunes + airport express (s) + airplay devices for multi-room synchronous streaming.
It works very well for that AND streams Hi-Res while integrating my personal library with Qobuz as if its all one library with album/artist information and links to even more music.
None of it is hardwired and is only utilizing an Eero mesh wifi.
Thanks for the info.. I'm not seeing anything I missed and without a NAS, I don't see the benefit for me. This is what I expected.
Also, I don't really need the DSP if I use my Anthem integrated amp because it has ARC.
But yes, @erik_squires when you select an artist, you can only see the albums listed, not top songs. I love the top songs feature in Tidal/Spotify/Amazon... I feel lost without it.