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Dominick
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Roon Ready Endpoint /Music streamer recommendation
11/19/19 at 17:43:13
 
I’m on the verge of buying a Roon subscription, and have been looking at various Roon endpoints that are Roon ready.  Looking for a few recommendations on a multi room music streamer that is Roon ready.  I’d ,Ike to know what you guys are using and why you like the product.  

I know there is  the Google Chromecast audio on the cheap side for like $50 bucks, and then then you go all up to like a PS Audio Dac that runs double duty as a dedicated DAC and Roon endpoint.  

My requirements thus far obviously is that it can handle HiRes, it utilizes WiFi, and that it has a dedicated out to attach to a DAC.  

So far I like the Bluesound Node 2i, but I have seriously considered the Bowers and Wilkins Formation Audio unit.  The B&W unit utilizes it’s own dedicated mesh WiFi network which runs independently of your home WiFi network, and it boasts a transfer at like .03 seconds to sync music to various WiFi speakers.  

At this point, I’m looking for a reasonable solution without breaking the bank. The cost between the Bluesound Node 2i and the B&W is like $150, so if I jump into that price point, then I would probably go with the B&W Formation Audio unit.  

Here are the links to the aforementioned units...

https://www.bowerswilkins.com/formation/audio

https://www.bluesound.com/products/node/


The Chromecast Audio was discontinued in Jan. 2019, so the page is no longer active.


Thanks in advance.

Dom
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Re: Roon Ready Endpoint /Music streamer recommendation
Reply #1 - 11/19/19 at 21:55:04
 
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Reply #2 - 11/20/19 at 02:20:44
 
I have a Sonos and wired for sound has an upgrade for 550 bucks that transforms it to high res. The cool thing about it is that sonos has 50 some apps that it supports. I like my radio by tune in for npr and kexp. The bridge II still needs  room core before the endpoints so a computer or nas has to be on the WiFi. That’s how I understand it anyway. After recovery from my dac purchase’ I’ll probably get the Sonos upgrade.
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Re: Roon Ready Endpoint /Music streamer recommendation
Reply #3 - 11/20/19 at 14:13:58
 
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     Posted on: Yesterday at 21:20:44
I have a Sonos and wired for sound has an upgrade for 550 bucks that transforms it to high res. The cool thing about it is that sonos has 50 some apps that it supports. I like my radio by tune in for npr and kexp. The bridge II still needs  room core before the endpoints so a computer or nas has to be on the WiFi. That’s how I understand it anyway. After recovery from my dac purchase’ I’ll probably get the Sonos upgrade.


Bikehappy1...I originally ruled out the Sonos Connect because That piece of equipment hasn’t been updated by the manufacture in a really long time. The wired for sound modified version seems like a nice upgrade.    I will definitely look into this unit along with the Bluesound and B&W unit.  The only drawback I could see is that it is not Roon ready, which is what I will be buying to interface my Qobuz subscription.  I think for anyone with a Sonos Connect.... the W4S upgrade is essential.

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Reply #4 - 11/22/19 at 16:48:25
 
“NEWS FLASH”....Just spoke with Wired 4 Sound, and while speaking with him regarding their modified Sonos Connect, he told me that they are in the testing phase of their new digital streamer.  The unit will be Roon Ready, handle all the big streaming services, can do DSD, and will cost sub $1000.  He indicated that it should be out for Christmas.  

Been reading not so great things on the Bluesound Node 2i on their Customer support chat site.  Lots of guys complaining that it has trouble with the Roon integration,  and saying that it should be pulled off the Roon site.  Great...looks like I may pull the Node 2i off the short list.

So for the time being I ordered up a Chromecast Audio to play around with.  For $50 bucks, this will keep me happy until I iron out what streamer/ Roon endpoint I want.

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Reply #5 - 11/22/19 at 21:42:57
 
Have you looked at, Pro-ject Stream Box S2 Ultra as an option. If anyone is interested, there is a couple on Ebay for a good price.
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Reply #6 - 12/12/19 at 07:39:15
 
I'd suggest looking at a Sonore MicroRendu. I've really enjoyed mine.

look for a B stock unit. Less $$ than a blue node and I found it to have far superior sound quality.

EDIT: I just realized you asked for Wifi. I say it would behoove you to connect via ethernet if at all possible.
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Re: Roon Ready Endpoint /Music streamer recommendation
Reply #7 - 12/12/19 at 22:55:28
 
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I'd suggest looking at a Sonore MicroRendu. I've really enjoyed mine.

look for a B stock unit. Less $$ than a blue node and I found it to have far superior sound quality.

EDIT: I just realized you asked for Wifi. I say it would behoove you to connect via ethernet if at all possible.


My mistake....I accidentally left that out.  Yes....a requirement would be to also include an Ethernet input as well.  

I have been actually looking at the microRendu. I would probably want to configure it with Uptone LPS 1.2, so the total coast for both units will be somewhat costly.    I will probably wind up going that route down the road.  

After purchasing the Chromecast Audio....I went on a research binge on chat forums.  I bought the Chromecast Ethernet adapter and will play around with that for while.  I am getting the new Bifrost TrueMultibit for Christmas, so once I tie that into the system via Toslink and the Ethernet adapter, I will see how that sounds.    I know the CCA has its limitations, so I don’t expect huge gains, but for the price it may do the trick in the short term to keep me busy.

Thanks for the input and recommendation.  

Dom



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Re: Roon Ready Endpoint /Music streamer recommendation
Reply #8 - 02/28/20 at 13:56:42
 
Look for Allo DigiOne Signature ; it accepts a variety of OS (Volumio etc..) Roon ready.
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Re: Roon Ready Endpoint /Music streamer recommendation
Reply #9 - 02/29/20 at 20:42:29
 

I could also build you some Roon ROCK endpoints for about $300 shipped.

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