Roon Labs launches Roon Ready hardware program; Partners to demo at CES
Roon Ready has announced the launch of their hardware program, which will put Roon technology into network audio players from partner companies.
“Audio enthusiasts have been forced to choose between having simple and reliable networked audio, from companies like Apple and Sonos, or having high performance quality audio on the network, with technologies like UPNP,” Roon Labs CEO, Enno Vandermeer, said in a statement.
“Roon Ready certification means that network players from any of our hardware partners will work as simply and reliably as they would if they were our own devices, while they deliver bit perfect playback at the highest quality levels,” he continued.
Roon Ready is meant to allow hardware from a host of manufacturers to work together while offering the same setup and reliability as a closed hardware system.
It offers file playback of up to 24 bits/384khz PCM, as well as DSD. Roon Ready guarantees the highest level of audio performance by clocking off the receiving device. Roon Ready allows partner devices to be grouped and synchronized as a single whole-home system.
“Networked audio offers countless benefits, but until now its complexity and lack of reliability have kept it on the margins of performance audio. With Roon Ready, we look forward to teaming with our partners to make networked audio widely adopted in the high performance space,” Vandermeer also said in a statement.
Over 30 partners have signed on to the Roon Ready program, including Audio Alchemy, Auralic, Bel Canto, Bryston, Cary Audio, Constellation Audio, dCS, Exasound, LH Labs, Lumin, PS Audio, Small Green Computer, Sonore, SoTM, and TotalDAC.
The Auralic Aries and Aries LE will be the first devices certified as Roon Ready with the January 6 release of the 3.0 Aries firmware. It can be heard at the Venetian Towers Suite 29-122.
Updates from IQ Audio, Small Green Computer, and Sonore will also ship this month that will certify devices as Roon Ready.