The Roon website describes Roon as, ‘The music player for music lovers’, and I can only agree. Just as a fine DAC reveals inner sound details of a digital recording, Roon reveals inner details about the music itself; the listening experience becomes a journey. If you are using a typical music server software, then at the end of the day (or month, or year...) you might become a better software engineer; but if you are using Roon, then you will become a better audiophile, listener, student and musicologist. I could be wrong, but I am guessing that within another year the majority of audiophiles will be using Roon as their reference. Roon is in a league of its own. Very highly recommended.
As for its worthiness: You don’t buy Roon, you subscribe to it for $119 a year. Alternatively, you can purchase a lifetime license for a one-time payment of $499. If music is something you only play in the background while you’re doing other tasks, you probably won’t get enough benefit from Roon to justify that annual cost. But if music is one of your passions, if you yearn for every detail about what went into the production of your favorite records, if you crave new music discovery, if you want to learn who influenced the artist, the engineer, or the producer—and who they influenced or inspired in turn—Roon is a must-buy.
So Roon isn’t perfect -- yet. It’s kind of like meeting Emilia Clarke or Kit Harington when she or he was 18: already unbelievable, but will probably continue to improve with age. The best news is that Roon Labs’ owners have ears, and seem to care about getting things right. I predict a long life for Roon, with lots of improvements along the way. I can’t think of a better way for those with really big collections of music to spend $499.