To ROON or not to ROON ?

I have read a lot about upgrades from a blue sound vault of which I have. I have considered the rose, aurender, among others. The first question I have is Roon worth having ? I am a qobuz subscriber and wonder if Roon will make a substantial difference. As far as I know Aurender does not support Roon. Anyone with Room experience ?

THX for the feedback


Roon and Qobuz is the nicest pairings I have had in streaming.

The new Roon 2.0 is pretty nice, and easy to figure out.- Mind you, I hate paying for another bit of software- But, Roon, IMHO, is one of the best streaming managers out there. 

I have also had Aurender. My main beef is that it is only Tidal and Qobuz are integrated into the software. Perhaps sound quality diminishes with having to modify the software to be compatible.

@ghdprentice ,

 I want my streamer like my preamp, amp… etc… plop it down and listen to music.

That is one of the reasons I ended up buying Roon.- I just don't want to deal with all the mess.


+2, Conductor App from Aurender

To Roon or not, it squarely depends on your choice of hardware. Majority of the hardware providers has taken an easy way out of not developing their own app interface and chose to adapt Roon.

For that matter, I admire Aurender for not giving into Roon and developed their on very robust and straightforward app that’s easy to follow. Yes, Roon has an advanced but complexed interface but when I am listening to music, I don’t care for none of that! I just wanna queue up music and listen. For simplicity and layout, I prefer the Aurender Conductor app over Roon by a mile. I don’t use any of the DSP features in Roon either. IME, Aurender’s Conductor app is very faithful to original source and doesn’t manipulate digital bits like Roon.

When Innuos users reported that Innuos Sense app sounds better than Roon, I wasn’t surprised at all. So my suggestion would be to choose wisely as app software is just as important as choosing the right hardware (streamer or server).

What I like about roon is the new music it leads me to (with a subscription to Qobuz or Tidal).  When you play an album it will offer suggestions of other albums you may like.  It can also learn your tastes by you liking or disliking songs on roon radio (plays tracks after your album is over, if you want it to).  There are other ways to explore music also.  With a million or so albums to choose from, you can find a lot of good music and you don't have to buy anything to try it.

If you know what you want to listen to many other apps will do the job.  If you like to find new music, roon is worth a try. 



My story is just about the same as you guys. I went with Bluesound first and upgraded to Aurrender. No regrets. Have found no need to use Roon. 

I’m sure all the streamer mentioned are excellent.   The U2 mini has the best selection of output types no doubt but I think I’ll be fine with either USB or SPDIF output on the Aurender 

I don’t see buying anything like an Esoteric or dcs where there are i2s and multiple ins and outs including clocks.   All I care about is some flexibility and whether the streamer or the DAC controls the clock depending on which DAC I use.