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i have wanted to try Roon for quite a while, and today is the day I decided to try it. I have been using JRiver, Plex, and also Kodi. I used to love Kodi until recemtly when I started to use the app for control, and that was a big disappointment. JRiver and Plex both do not hav3 good apps or an interface I like.

I joined Roon to get to try it out for 14 days for free...if 8 had done this a while ago I could have saved money on a lifetime membership, but I didn't so now I will pay annually. So once I joined I gave my info for payment, and then selected the Windows 64bit version to download (I selected the all in one package which is the core and emdpoint all on one pc). I then also downloaded the version formy android tablet too. The install wss super simple to do...all you do is follow the prompts and then select where your folders are for the music. I have mymusic in a few different folders so it was nice to be able to select each folder individually. Once I selected them it was jist a few minutes until I had all my music available to play. I then found out it saw my cxa5100 preamp as a player. Imagine my surprise when I selected an album and it actually switched thei put on the 5100 to airplay! I also found that I can change the volume on the Yamaha from the app, it displays the volume level in the app, and that it displays the song title on the 5100 too.This. ever happened on Kodi,JRiver, or Plex, and I really like this feature. One thing I really wanted was a way to have random play of all my music on my HDD. So far I see I can do it by Genre (which is perfect)...the only other thing I would like is to be able to be able to select say 80s rock, etc. Audio quality is just like listening to any other song via the lan on JRiver, Plex, or Kodi.
 
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Do you have Tidal or Qobuz connected to Roon?
There a feature called Roon Radio that’s really really good. Pick a single track you like and when it’s done playing it Roon will find and play more tracks that are similar. It is an awesome way to discover new music or to hear songs from your collection you may have forgotten about. There’s other “discovery” services of course but Roon rocks. I find myself saving its selections to playlists or going back through the play history to hear some again.
 

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Do you have Tidal or Qobuz connected to Roon?
There a feature called Roon Radio that’s really really good. Pick a single track you like and when it’s done playing it Roon will find and play more tracks that are similar. It is an awesome way to discover new music or to hear songs from your collection you may have forgotten about. There’s other “discovery” services of course but Roon rocks. I find myself saving its selections to playlists or going back through the play history to hear some again.
At this point I do not use Tidal or Qobuz, as our internet is pretty slow. In the future I most likely will try them out too. I did try out the radio stations on Roon, and there were not too many to choose from. I am just happy I was able to use my Yamaha with airplay. I thought I was gojng to have to wait until I got a new preamp next year.

Now I just need to find a real nice video streamer for my setup...the Dune is becoming too buggy now, and I do not like the remote i terface for Kodi, JRiver, or Plex.

I goofed and could have won a Roon Nucleus for less than $220... I looked at the picture and thought it was just the Nucleus case so I requested to retract my bid. I then looked and found out it was complete, but the seller removed my bid right before it sold for $212. It would have been nice as it would have freed up my i5 win 7 PC.
 
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I did try out the radio stations on Roon, and there were not too many to choose from.
Have to agree with that. I would have liked to see Radio Paradise on Roon.

Now I just need to find a real nice video streamer for my setup...the Dune is becoming too buggy now, and I do not like the remote i terface for Kodi, JRivrr, or Plex.
Here’s a subject I’ve completely lost touch with. Tried them all at one time or another years ago but there was always a problem or a deal breaking missing feature. Gave up on that and ripping. Now I just buy the disc if I want the best experience, otherwise AppleTV or Roku and done.
 

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Have to agree with that. I would have liked to see Radio Paradise on Roon.



Here’s a subject I’ve completely lost touch with. Tried them all at one time or another years ago but there was always a problem or a deal breaking missing feature. Gave up on that and ripping. Now I just buy the disc if I want the best experience, otherwise AppleTV or Roku and done.
I buy all my movies and then rip them to the HDDs, as I like to just put them away to take up less space, and it is much easier and quicker to find with software.
 

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I buy all my movies and then rip them to the HDDs, as I like to just put them away to take up less space, and it is much easier and quicker to find with software.
Good points.

I always thought these guys had the perfect solution for movies. https://www.kaleidescape.com/. I just couldn’t justify their price for the hardware. (Meaning I couldn’t afford it :) )
 
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