The train never stops over at Roon and today’s release of Roon 1.6 brings a host of welcome updates and a fresh look. Most notability official support for Qobuz. At CES 2019 Qobuz US Beta went live, so if you are a Qobuz beta tester, you can add your account to ROON and access all of your Qobuz content seamlessly. Official support for Qobuz arrives with Roon 1.6 software update.
From the Roon Press release:
Now you can access the entire Qobuz catalog in Roon, allowing you to take advantage of Roon’s metadata with all of your favorite Qobuz content.
Seamlessly sync your Roon and Qobuz collections, use Roon’s Versions to replace your lossy content with lossless versions from Qobuz, and fire up the new Roon Radio to start discovering more of what’s available from Qobuz.
Sample of Roon Signal Path dialog when using Qobuz and my dCS Network Bridge:
Roon search receives a fresh look and a streamlined experience for content across the local library and attached streaming music sources. It is now easier to know if a content is available from multiple sources when looking at an album.
Amped up Roon Radio:
Roon Radio works generally ok, but was not dialed to 11 until now! It was the only the reason my wife and kids will sometimes not use Roon, so that they can access to Pandora’s radio capabilities. But I think that is about to change as Roon Radio may have cracked the code on providing great radio capabilities over your favorite hi-resolution music.
From the Roon press release:
“Roon has always been great at reconnecting you with the music you’ve collected over the years, but now we’ve completely reimagined how Roon creates your personalized radio experience. Designed from the ground up with new machine learning technology, Roon Radio can play a mix of your favorites along with music from beyond your library, using the vast catalog of music from TIDAL and Qobuz.”
The Roon 1.6 Release Notes detailed:
“Based on more than a year of research and development and several months of alpha testing, Roon Radio makes recommendations based not only your own music preferences but also those of other Roon subscribers with similar tastes in music.
As you listen and interact with Roon Radio over time, it learns more about what you like and helps you discover new music by curating great recommendations.
Roon Radio considers metadata-based relationships, listening history, overall popularity, and significance of content, to build a model that predicts the affinity between radio picks and your Roon profile. Internally, Roon Radio will also consider dozens of expert-opinion dimensions–the classical-ness of content, whether it is holiday music, and so on. It uses a variety of techniques to avoid irrelevant picks, excessive repetition of the same content, inappropriate/irrelevant content playback, etc.
Roon Radio can be started on any content that our cloud services know about, including tracks, albums and artists that are in your library or on Qobuz or TIDAL.
Roon Radio requires an internet connection and an active streaming service. If these conditions are not met, Roon will fall back to “Offline Radio”, which will operate within your library as in previous releases. Roon will also fall back to offline mode if the content you’ve chosen is that is unknown to our cloud services.
After skipping a radio pick or pressing “thumbs down”, Roon Radio will ask users for additional feedback, which will help us tune the algorithm over time, as we learn which picks tend to be rejected, and which tracks aren’t appropriate because they’re skits, audience applause, intros, etc.”
We look forward to putting it through its paces, especially the family test.
Updated “Now Playing”:
Roon’s “Now Playing” gets a new look and five tabs to easily album info, artist bio, lyrics, and artwork.
One of the most powerful features of Roon is its DSP capabilities. Roon’s DSP skills feel like a swiss army knife, and can rival other solutions at significantly higher prices. Roon 1.6 brings a re-design to the DSP user experience to make it more approachable and easier to understand / setup.
The update is available now. Let us know what you think of Roon 1.6 and how you like the Qobuz support?