Post by klinemj on Jul 9, 2018 17:33:26 GMT -5
So in my case, I'm looking for a solution in 3 rooms:
- home theater where I have wired internet access.
- family room where I have wireless internet access (could be wired if needed).
- my office where I have wired internet access (could be wired if needed).
The server part I get. Likely the server will be my laptop in the office. Or I could use a cheap laptop dedicated for this.
What's the difference between "clients" and "end-points"?
I also don't "get" this whole Roon thing. The terminology and what one gets are confusing. From what I can see, I can use a device (like my Surface Pro 3 or other device) to choose tunes to play in up to 8 locations...or "endpoints", with each needing some type of receiving device, like an r-Pi, an Oppo player, a Chromecast, etc. AND...if I don't like the sound quality there, I might have to output a digital signal from that device to a DAC.
And, unless I want to pay year by year, the price is fairly high (what...$499 now?). And year by year is cheaper, but...still high. And, if I want to use Tidal, I pay that + Roon's fees.
In my system, for multi-zone, I use Sonos and have 5 zones. No doubt - that's pricey, but my wife and kids can all use it easily (PRICELESS!). For my critical listening, where I'd consider Room as an alternate, I have 2 really cheap PC's (each cost less than an annual Room subscription) to either play from jRiver or Tidal using my Surface Pro 3 to control the final PC - each PC taking tunes off my NAS or the internet via TIDAL.
So, what would I gain from Roon? (and if the answer is more metadata about each album...don't need it...given each PC is internet capable, I can get all the info about each album I play and more easily if I want...).