Roon, a music management, discovery and streaming platform, boasts that it continues to deliver an digital music experience to a wide range of audio devices.
According to the company, it has had a busy quarter with an array of over 25 new Roon Ready and Roon Tested devices from companies such as Arcam, Astell&Kern, Bluesound, JBL, Mission, Rotel and more.
Additionally, Roon says that it has welcomed five new partners into the family, including the British loudspeaker company Mission, whose new LX Connect all-in-one hi-fi system is Roon Tested. Other new partners include Argon Audio, Avik, Silent Angel and Zidoo (featuring three 4K UHD media players that are Roon Ready).
New devices that are Roon Ready include:
- Astell&Kern SE200, SE180 DAP and KANN ALPHA portable audio players – Astell&Kern now have seven Roon-compatible devices
- Arcam ST60 is the company’s first-ever dedicated hi-resolution audio streamer with MQA
- Bluesound Soundbar+ is an audiophile-grade soundbar with Roon Ready
- For JBL’s 75th anniversary, the JBL SA750 is a modern-retro Class G amplifier with streaming capabilities.
For the full list of Roon partner brands and every Roon Ready and Roon Tested device available, visit: roonlabs.com/partners
To learn the difference between Roon Ready and Roon Tested, visit: https://roonlabs.com/roon-partner-programs
Emphasizing its 1.8v software, Roon says new updates include a completely redesigned “Versions” view, making it easier to compare different editions of users’ favorite albums within their music libraries, Qobuz and Tidal.
Also new is one of the most requested features from the Roon community is Native control of Roon from a smartphone, even when the screen is locked. Users can now access essential controls (play, skip, pause, volume control) natively from their Android or iOS device without going into the Roon Remote app. Gesture controls for iOS users have also been implemented.
Other updates released over the summer include its Daily Mixes, which offers six new personalized daily playlists based on users’ TIDAL and Qobuz listening history. Additionally, the platform is offering a redesigned TIDAL experience featuring top charts and staff picks; and improved search interface with predictive auto-complete (across artists, albums, tracks, genres, composers and compositions) to make it even easier and faster to find music.