With the recent Roon 2.0 update and the launch of the Roon 2.0 compatible ARC app for iOS and Android devices, it’s possible to have the Roon experience on the go. Now your entire music library and powerful system features are accessible anywhere, and the app is available for free with a Roon license.
You might be wondering why you would want a separate app to stream with Tidal or Qobuz. The answer is that Roon 2.0 provides a superior user experience for music lovers. Not only does it make your music collection cohesive by merging online streaming with local file playback, Roon offers a plethora of features including sophisticated multiroom capability, pristine quality with pristine playback and the ability to adjust the output on a source by source. base using DSP.
Roon already has a remote app that you use at home to control the system, but that requires a connection to your local network. Roon ARC is different, it works wherever you are, as long as your mobile device is connected to the internet, you get the features that make Roon special, including insightful liner notes filled with relevant links, plus the Roon recommendation engine , radio , and your curated collection of albums and playlists. It even allows users to download music files stored on their local network to a mobile device, so they can have music on the go even if they have no data, for example in flight.
“Roon set the standard for the music experience at home, and what we’ve heard most often from Roon users is that they want to take that experience on the road. It’s truly an eye opener. to have all your music – plus Roon Radio, Daily Mixes and Roon metadata – anywhere in the world. Enno Vandermeer, Founder and CEO of Roon Labs
Personally, I’ve found Roon indispensable for home listening and easily worth the asking price. Having the same interface and curated collections as at home, on the go, adds tremendous value to the platform. In addition, Roon offers a “Signal Path” tab that shows you in real time what is happening on your mobile device and how it handles digital data. With Roon ARC, music lovers who value fidelity can easily check if they’re getting premium sound from their phone or tablet.
Roon 2.0 is available for a $12.99 monthly subscription, $119.88 billed annually, or $699.99 for a lifetime license. There’s a 14-day free trial, so there’s no commitment on whether it meets your needs.