What is Roon?
Roon is a music management and listening solution that takes a very different approach to interacting with your music. Instead of seeing a spreadsheet-like view of your music (as with iTunes and almost all other media systems), Roon provides a very rich non-list based experience, using credits, artist relationships, genres, lyrics, concert/tour dates, artwork, and more to allow for an informative navigation and exploration of your library.
Roon manages digital music files collected on hard drives and networked storage. It can also watch your iTunes library, and optionally integrate with the music streaming service TIDAL.
Roon cleans up your music library, upgrades the metadata associated with your music, and provides a user interface that is far richer than anything else out there. Roon makes music exploration and discovery both informative and fun.
Roon provides no-compromise audio perfection. Bit-perfect playback of lossy and lossless file formats, including high-resolution audio content (PCM and DSD). Additional conveniences such as crossfading and volume normalization make it suitable for both concentrated listening sessions as well as social events.
Roon manages your audio renderers (the things that make sound). Whether they be built-in sound devices, like your laptop's audio output, a USB connected DAC, or even networked audio devices.
Roon is an application suite that must be installed. It is not a website. It runs on Macs, Windows PCs, and Tablets, Linux PCs, Android Tablets, Apple iPads, and iPhones. Support is provided on the Community Site, and membership details and configuration are provided on the Roon website.
Roon uses your music files, Internet Radio streams, and content from the TIDAL streaming music service, but doesn't come with any music.
The Roon software is constantly being improved and updates are always free of charge to licensed users.
Free 30-day Trial
Try Roon for free for 30 days when you purchase any compatible device.
THE BEST WAY TO EXPERIENCE ROON
Roon software can be used on many platforms, including Mac, Windows, and Linux PCs, as well as NAS devices and a variety of media servers. Each of those platforms has its benefits and shortcomings, but none of them achieves a perfect balance between ease of use, raw performance, and audiophile design.
Based on feedback from audio dealers and custom integrators, Nucleus was designed to do just that... provide the best Roon experience in each of these areas.
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
– Antoine de Saint-Éxupery
Roon has enjoyed tremendous success among computer audiophiles and other tech-savvy enthusiasts, but Nucleus was created to reach everyone who loves music. It is a product which requires nearly no computer knowledge or networking skill. You literally take it home, plug it in, and control it with the Roon Remote app for iPad, iPhone, or Android device (and of course the Roon app for Mac/Windows). Because it's running Roon, Nucleus finds the audio devices on your network and makes it easy to stream to them.
How it works
Roon is a controlling software that links all of the pieces of your music library. There are three pieces to this equation: the Control, the Core, and the Output.
Browse and play music through the Roon app, available for Mac, Windows, iPad, iPhone, and Android devices.
Roon runs as a central media server software — It's what keeps everything connected and running smoothly. This requires a powerful computer, NAS, or turnkey appliance (from a Roon Core partner) located on your home network.
The core compiles an interconnected music library from all of your media sources. This includes USB devices, streaming services (like TIDAL), iTunes, and network attached storage (NAS).
Roon streams to all of the gear you already own: any Mac or PC, Airplay, Squeezebox, and Meridian, just to name a few.
Connecting the Pieces
Roon connects your entire music library, whether it's on a computer, a music server, or your DAC. DACs can be directly connected via USB to a computer or music server, or they can be connected via a network connection, allowing your system to spread into multiple rooms.