Ditching Roon going back to BluOS for Bluesound Node 2i

My Bluesound Node 2i is connected wireless through my very good Eero Pro mesh wifi (love this network btw) and I hear nothing but awesome things about Roon.  So I bought the trial and don't really like it.. I figure there's got to be something I'm missing.

Points and issues:
1. I do not use a NAS.. I stream Tidal/Amazon exclusively.

2. Big one here: Roon does NOT list the top songs from artists! You have to select the album.

3. Using wifi, there's a large lag in playing a song through Roon (10-20 seconds until the song finally starts mid-song) Works fine hardwired but it's not ideal for my setup.

4. The DSP functions in Roon is nothing but an EQ that requires me to know alot about what I'm adjusting and can only adjust from the main computer (core)

5.  With Roon, I have to keep my main computer running all the time  

All of these issues seem to be alleviated with the BluOS app.. Am I missing something here because I would rate the BluOS app FAR superior to Roon.

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Showing 3 responses by erik_squires

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.
So, I just tried Roon, and yes it does show you the top tracks of an artist.


On the Android or Windows app ( all I have ).

Search for the artist.  Say "Stevie Nicks"

Then slide the panel up, and you'll find the top tracks.