Roon Labs brings software to more third-party devices
Multi-room music software maker Roon Labs just made a move to bring its functionality to more consumers. It has launched its Roon Core Hardware Program, which "places Roon Core software functions into partner devices so that server companies can offer a turnkey Roon experience," said the company. It also announced the 1.2 update to its software.
“For many customers, the journey of building and managing a computer audio system is a hobby that they enjoy, but for others, working through the challenges of making an ideal computer audio system is an obstacle to enjoying music," said Roon CEO Enno Vandermeer. "The Roon Core program means that these customers can leave the technology to others and have an off-the-shelf experience of Roon from trusted partners.”
Roon Core partners currently include 432 Evo, Amare Musica, Antipodes, Blue Smoke, Computer Audio Design, dCS, Elac, ExaSound, Melos Audio, Music Vault, Pink Faun, Rockna, Salk Sound, Sforzato, Small Green Computer, SOtM and Sound Galleries.
The company also introduced the Roon Bridge background app, which turns any Mac, PC, Raspberry Pi or Linux computer into an output for Roon. "Once installed, it locates all of the audio outputs on the device and connects them to the Roon Core so they are available as Network Zones in Roon," said the company.
“Computers have been part of music listening for many years, but making all the pieces fit together can still be difficult," said Vandermeer. "With Roon Bridge, we’ve added another way to break down the walls between operating systems and protocols and hardware ecosystems, to help bring all your audio devices together with one interface.”
Roon 1.2 marks the release of Roon Remote for iPhone and Android phones. It can already be controlled via Macs, PCs, iPads and Android tablets.