Roon Partner Update: July 2022

We continued adding to our partner family in the summer as we added new devices from the likes of Burson Audio, dCS and TAD. 

For a full list of our partner brands and every Roon Ready and Roon Tested device, visit our Partners page on the Roon website.

Burson Audio – Composer 3XP, Conductor 3P, Conductor 3R, Conductor 3X GT, Conductor 3XR, Playmate 2 and Timekeeper 3i
Roon Tested

We added seven devices from Burson Audio who also come in as a new partner to our growing family. Burson Audio is dedicated to challenging the conventional and is pushing the boundaries of audio excellence through innovation.

Their revolutionary discrete audio opamps are benchmarks in the HiFi industry today, establishing a totally unique perspective on music delivery. Each of the new products from the Burson Audio Conductor range (3XP, 3P, 3R, 3X GT 3XR) and the Playmate 2 and Timekeeper 3i are all certified as Roon Tested, ready to deliver spectacular performance in any system.

dCS Lina
Roon Ready

The all-new Lina is the 13th certified device from the renowned HiFi engineers at dCS joining our Roon Ready family. Featuring the remarkable dCS Ring DAC technology inside, the Lina Network DAC is a showcase of the incredible precision manufacturing that dCS is known for, along with their passion for perfect music reproduction, all at an approachable price point.

This is a totally unique entry into the streaming DAC space, and when combined with its complimentary Lina family components, it’s a supremely capable single-stop solution for every Head-Fi need.

TAD D1000TX DA1000TX
Roon Tested

We’re thrilled to announce that Technical Audio Devices Laboratories (TAD) is a brand new Roon partner, jumping in with two new Roon Tested products, the D1000TX Disc player and the DA1000TX DAC. Each of these reference HiFi components is meticulously crafted with hand-picked componentry, assembled to the highest of standards. The DA1000TX is equipped with TAD’s Asynchronous USB Communication Engine, offering support for resolutions up to 32/384kH in PCM and DSD256. The D1000TX shares this masterclass digital topology, enhancing its overall functionality with an integrated SACD and CD player.

Both of these sources can effortlessly deliver your music with perfect timing thanks to TAD’s Master Clock UPCG. From showcasing your CD collection in flawless form to ensuring your digital-first listening system is fully equipped, the DA1000TX and the D1000TX are stellar solutions for nearly every HiFi setup.


Roon Partner Update: June 2022

We’ve had a bright start to the summer as we introduced five new devices from audio brands such as Thrax Audio, Matrix Audio and Zidoo.

For a full list of our partner brands and every Roon Ready and Roon Tested device, visit our Partners page on the Roon website.

Matrix Audio element i2, M2 and X2
Roon Ready

Four new devices from Matrix Audio’s family of streaming DACs were certified as Roon Ready in June: the Element i2, Element M2, Element X2, and the Mini-i Pro 3 all can now stream Hi-Res audio natively from Roon. Each of these DACs are engineered to deliver spectacular sonic reproduction at an equally impressive value and comes standard with useful connectivity options such as balanced audio output, a balanced headphone connector, and USB-C. The Element series sports a fantastic touchscreen interface with a revamped UI, and the Mini-i Pro 3 features cutting-edge Bluetooth streaming, unlocking even more streaming possibilities for your system. 

Thrax Audio Ares
Roon Ready

We’re welcoming Thrax Audio’s third device to the Roon Ready family with the Ares MkII, a powerhouse integrated amplifier. Featuring tandem full monoblock amplifiers in its chassis, the Ares has individual linear power supplies and transformers dedicated to each of its stereo audio channels, ensuring that the powerful solid-state amplification stages receive every bit of current they need. The Ares’ digital capabilities are equally impressive, with power delivered by a dedicated transformer, and support for resolutions up to 32/768kHz, this is a complete listening solution for many two-channel Roon users. 

Zidoo Neo Alpha
Roon Ready

The brand-new Neo Alpha is the latest Roon Ready device from Zidoo. The Neo Alpha is an all-in-one streaming hub for your home media and Hi-Fi listening system, and includes HDMI output with support for 4K streaming, alongside support for a myriad of Hi-Res streaming formats, including DSD and MQA. This is the total solution for anyone who appreciates high-quality video and audio streaming and can function as a powerful hub for all of your multimedia needs.


Roon Partner Update: May

Throughout May, we introduced ten new devices from audio brands such as Arcam, Astell&Kern, Chord Electronics, CanEVER Audio and JBL.

For a full list of our partner brands and every Roon Ready and Roon Tested device, visit our Partners page on the Roon website.

Arcam
Roon Ready

Arcam has added four new devices to their ever-growing lineup in our partner family last month, with the AVR11, AVR21, AVR31, and AV41 all becoming Roon Ready. All of the new models in Arcam’s lineup this month feature modern HDMI 2.1 connectivity, and include DIRAC Live room correction built-in.

The AVR11 and AVR21 use fantastic A/B amplification in their multichannel designs, while the AVR31 offers Arcam’s powerful Class G amp technology onboard. The AV41 is a stellar Preamp/Processor with a host of inputs and full support for Dolby Atmos output.

Astell&Kern
Roon Ready & Roon Tested

We’re excited to announce two more Astell&Kern have joined the Roon partner family with the Roon Tested AK HC2 and the Roon Ready KANN MAX. The AK HC2 is a USB-C based portable DAC offering HiFi performance in a package that couldn’t be easier to toss in a pocket and bring anywhere you go. 

The KANN MAX is the Digital Audio Player in the award-winning KANN series, and features the high power output you’d expect in an even smaller and more convenient package. Of course, the KANN MAX is bolstered by a high end ESS Sabre DAC, and can thank Astell&Kern engineering for its stellar sonic performance.

Chord Electronics
Roon Tested

We would like to join Chord as they welcome the Mojo2 to the Roon family, this being the 12th Chord device to be certified as Roon Tested.

The Mojo2 builds on the foundation made by the much loved, award winning Mojo, taking its familiar pocketable form factor and elevating the experience offered to even greater heights. With improved charging circuitry, a USB-C port, and industry-leading lossless DSP volume capability, the Mojo2 is a remarkable and welcome addition to the Roon Tested lineup. 

CanEVER Audio
Roon Tested

Last month our brand new Roon Partner, CanEVER Audio, announced that the ZeroUno DAC is now Roon Tested. CanEVER is an Italian HiFi manufacturer, attuned to the joy and energy brought out by the music that we love.

The ZeroUno is a unique tube DAC, and emphasizes accurate reproduction of musicality and the emotive nature of sound in its design. With a jitter-free USB implementation, and an incredibly low noise floor, this DAC is certain to be an exciting addition to any system.

JBL Synthesis
Roon Ready

New Roon Ready additions from the exciting JBL Synthesis line include the SDR-35 and SDR-58.

The SDR-35 is a powerful Class G home theater AVR that features DIRAC Live room correction and Dolby ATMOS capability out of the box. The SDR-35’s 16 channel output and with HDR10+ support ensure that capability and home theater performance are top-notch. The SDR-58 is a 16 channel preamp and processor with full support for HDMI 2.1 built-in.

Just like its AVR sibling, the SDR-58 features AirPlay 2 and Chromecast support built in, alongside its DIRAC Live room correction technology. Whether you’re taking advantage of JBL’s Sythesis amplification technology or providing your own, you can’t go wrong with these AV solutions.

Roon Partner Update: April

We had a bright start to Spring as we introduced three devices from Bryston and Zidoo throughout April. 

For a full list of our partner brands and every Roon Ready and Roon Tested device, visit our Partners page on the Roon website.

Bryston BR-20
Roon Ready

We’re pleased to announce Bryston’s sixth certified device last month, bringing the BR-20 into the Roon Ready family. This preamplifier features 14 analog and digital inputs, combined with an integrated streaming module as well as AV connections, for total versatility.

The BR-20 brings Bryston’s award-winning digital technology into a state-of-the-art preamp, making for a truly stellar overall package.

Zidoo Neo S and Neo X
Roon Ready

Zidoo introduced Roon Ready streaming to the Neo S and Neo X this month, marking their fifth and sixth products now in the Roon family.

The Neo S and Neo X bring spectacular versatility and capability as all-in-one streamers – and include unique video playback technology as well. A true one-stop solution for many systems.




Roon Partner Update: March 2022

We’ve been incredibly busy at Roon since the start of the year. 

In the first quarter of 2022, we welcomed over 40 new Roon Ready and Roon Tested devices from over 20 audio brands, including Arcam, Astell & Kern, Cyrus, McIntosh, NAD, Onkyo, Pioneer, Sonus Faber & more.

We added to that throughout March, bringing you 18 device releases from Cyrus Audio, ExaSound, Hegel, McIntosh, AVM, Astell&Kern, Piega, Atoll and iFi Audio. 

For a full list of our partner brands and every Roon Ready and Roon Tested device, visit our Partners page on the Roon website.

Astell&Kern ACRO CA1000
Roon Ready

We’re excited to introduce the ACRO CA1000, a very uniquely fashioned headphone amplifier combined with a Digital Audio Player to the Roon Ready family. 

The aforementioned headphone amp has up to 15Vrms of output on tap, while the DAP half of the ACRO CA1000 supports resolutions up to PCM 32bit/384kHz PCM and native DSD512. This purpose-built enclosure offers a truly no-compromise portable music listening experience.

Atoll Electronique MS120, SDA200 Signature, ST200 Signature and ST300 Signature
Roon Ready

Brand new to the Roon Ready family, we want to welcome the MS120, SDA200 Signature, ST200 Signature and ST300 Signature from Atoll Electronique. 

Each streamer, from the full-sized and full-featured ST300 Signature and ST200 Signature to the miniature MS120, offers resolution support up to PCM 24/192 and DSD128, and the same goes for the SDA200 Signature. 

Bringing support for a plethora of streaming services, from Spotify, Deezer, Qobuz to TIDAL, the options don’t stop there. Each device offers inputs in the form of analogue, coaxial, optical, Bluetooth, USB capability, in addition to LAN network connectivity. The case of the ST200 Signature and ST300 Signature, WiFi is also supported. 

AVM Evolution CS 3.3 and CS 5.3
Roon Ready

AVM welcomed their first Roon Ready devices to the partner family with the CS 3.3 and CS 5.3. 

These new integrated amplifiers bring Roon Ready streaming via the AVM X-Stream Engine®, which supports resolutions up to 32/384, and DSD256. This streaming engine is custom built by AVM, and is completely software-based for future-proofing. 

The amplifiers have much in common, and even feature the same stylish (and in the case of the CELLINI version, eye-catching chrome) enclosure. The CS 5.3 offers a unique integrated tube-based analogue stage, with custom circuitry designed in-house by AVM. Inputs include HDMI, network via LAN, bluetooth, phono, USB device and USB storage drive, analog (balanced and unbalanced), optical, coaxial, and even a CD drive. 

Cyrus Audio Pre-XR, i7-XR and i9-XR
Roon Tested

The Pre-XR features a hi-resolution display, machined chassis, and capacitive touch controls to the table, bringing ease of use to the forefront. On the listening side of things, Cyrus’ award-winning QXR DAC is coupled with an all-new analogue buffer stage, and this preamp offers unique support for power supply modularity. Inputs include unbalanced analog, MM phono, coaxial, optical and USB. 

The i7-XR and i9-XR each respectively take much of what the Pre-XR has to offer and integrate powerful and accurate amplification to the package. Featuring a 52 watts per channel (i7-XR) or 91 watts per channel (i9-XR), Cyrus has a listening solution for nearly any pair of speakers.

We’re proud to welcome Cyrus Audio into the Roon family with the release of their first Roon Tested devices, the Pre-XR, i7-XR, and i9-XR.

exaSound s82 
Roon Ready

Heralding as the 17th device from exaSound to join the Roon family, the s82 is a streaming DAC with a stylish enclosure and the high-end Sabre ES9038PRO DAC from ESS inside. 

The s82 offers a wide range of file and resolution support (all the way up to PCM 32/384 and DSD512) with output handled by a dual-mono output stage and a fully balanced internal design – ensuring low distortion sonic output no matter the source. With an inputs list that includes Network via LAN, USB, SPDIF Coaxial, Optical, and even USB storage, you won’t be wanting for any capabilities from this streaming DAC.

Hegel H120 and H190
Roon Ready

We’re thrilled to announce the Hegel H120 and H190 integrated amplifiers to the Roon Ready family. 

Each featuring their own, fine-tuned versions of Hegel’s SoundEngine2 error canceling amplifier, these amps preserve the details and dynamic range of the original music signal while minimizing distortion on playback. That nuanced musical touch also packs a punch, with the H120 offering 75 watts per channel and the H190 offering 150 watts per channel on tap. Inputs include Roon Ready or AirPlay via LAN, balanced and unbalanced analog, optical, coaxial and USB, alongside Control4 integration.

iFi Audio Zen Stream
Roon Ready

iFi Audio have added their seventh device to the Roon family with the Zen Stream, but it is also their very first Roon Ready device! 

The iFi Zen Stream brings clean, simple Hi-Res streaming to just about any listening setup, bringing new life to the speakers or headphones you know and love. Featuring support for TIDAL streaming in addition to Roon Ready streaming (via LAN or WiFi), you’ll be able to connect the Zen Stream to your system via USB or coaxial SPDIF ports.

McIntosh MA8950 and MA9500
Roon Tested

McIntosh is a name that needs no introduction, and we’re excited to announce that the MA8950 and MA9500 have joined the fold as Roon Tested devices. 

These stereo integrated amplifiers feature tried and true preamp and amp designs from McIntosh, and bring some serious power to boot, with the MA8950 flexing 200 watts per channel, and the MA9500 raising its sibling 300 watts per channel. Each amplifier offers a swath of analog inputs (6 unbalanced, phono and also balanced), alongside coaxial, optical, USB and HDMI inputs. 

PIEGA Ace 30 Wireless and Ace 50 Wireless
Roon Ready

We’re happy to welcome PIEGA to the partner family, featuring the Ace 30 Wireless and Ace 50 Wireless speakers. 

PIEGA’s speakers offer flexible connectivity from Spotify Connect, Google Chromecast, and Roon Ready, so whether they’re used for simple streaming, multiroom, or TV listening, you’re ready to go. Both the Ace 30 Wireless and Ace 50 Wireless offer all-in-one designs, ensuring a simple setup and easy installation no matter what your listening environment requires. 




Roon Partner Update: February 2022

Throughout February, we released four Roon Ready devices from audio heavy weights Sonus Faber, Thrax Audio and Waversa.

For a full list of our partner brands and every Roon Ready and Roon Tested device, visit our Partners page on the Roon website.

Sonus Faber Omnia 
Roon Ready

We welcomed our first ever Sonus Faber device to the Roon family last month. 

The Omnia is a certified Roon Ready all-in-one wireless speaker; boasting Sonus Faber’s prestigious heritage in music reproduction, brought into a beautiful frame that can adapt to any environment. 

In addition to its elegant design, the Omnia features the tactile SENSO touch panel on its top for precise control of your music as it plays. The SENSO panel is complimented by a remote as well as Sonus Faber’s own app, making access to the Omnia’s many music playback inputs a breeze. The CRESCENDO technology allows Omnia to produce an immersive three-dimensional soundscape, no matter where it’s placed in a room. 

Omnia features streaming integration for a host of services via Ethernet and WiFi, an HDMI port, and an analog port with MM phono support.

Thrax Audio Maximinus and Enyo 
Roon Ready

Thrax Audio has released their first devices to the Roon Ready family with the Maximinus and Enyo. 

Enyo heralds as a Roon Ready integrated amplifier, featuring a Thrax designed and built tube amplifier stage with built in auto biasing, guaranteeing both quality performance and ease of use. 

The Enyo is capable of putting out 50W of analog power to any system, with the utmost care and effort poured into each aspect of how the amplifier has been engineered and constructed.

Streaming capabilities are handled via LAN connection (featuring Roon Ready streaming) or Bluetooth, and other inputs include USB, balanced XLR or unbalanced RCA analogue connections, along with an MM and MC phono stage. 

Maximinus features a high-end, in-house designed and custom built R2R ladder DAC with DSD capabilities, bringing the whole package for your digital-to-analog audio conversion needs. 

Thrax has put special effort into designing the output and clock stages of the Maximinus, bringing a fantastic signal-to-noise ratio, low noise floor, and accurate musical timing directly to your ears no matter the source.

Speaking of sources, Maximinus features 6 inputs, including balanced XLR and unbalanced analogue connections, LAN network connectivity for Roon Ready streaming, as well as coaxial, USB, optical and AES/EBU digital inputs.

Waversa WSlim Pro
Roon Ready

The WSlim Pro is Waversa’s 16th device to be added to the Roon family and it is Roon Ready. 

The WSlim Pro is an all-in-one amplifier, designed to be the direct successor to the well received and much loved WSlim Lite. The WSlim’s thin, precision machined case guarantees a very adaptable package that can fit into any set up, large or small.

Engineered for low-latency music playback while simultaneously giving fantastic measured performance, the WSlim Pro offers a breathtakingly low noise floor and stellar signal processing no matter the music source. 

Don’t worry about your ultra Hi-Res music library, the WSlim Pro can handle 32/384kHz and DSD256 files with ease. Input options on offer are Ethernet and USB, with Roon Ready streaming, UPnP and DLNA support built in. 



Roon Partner Update: January 2022

We kicked off the year in style with an impressive array of 15 new Roon Ready and Roon Tested devices from Cary Audio, Integra, Onkyo, Pioneer, Rotel, and Zidoo.

For a full list of our partner brands and every Roon Ready and Roon Tested device, visit our Partners page on the Roon website.

Cary Audio DMS-650 and DMS-800
Roon Ready

The Cary Audio DMS-650 and DMS-800 network audio players are both now Roon Ready. 

The redesigned DMS-650 is the entry-point into the DMS platform, and features the AK4497EQ VERITA DAC at its heart. This is Cary’s no compromise, introductory centerpiece full of rich streaming capabilities, and strong digital and analog output compatibility. 

The DMS-800 features a complete dual mono design, with two AK4499EQ current output switched resistor DACs, each paired to separate left and right channel digital and analog boards. Every aspect of the signal path of the DMS-800 is witness to its status as their flagship network audio player.  

Integra DRX 2.4, DRX 3.4 and DRX 5.4
Roon Tested

The Integra DRX 2.4, DRX 3.4 and DRX 5.4 channel network AV receivers are all now Roon Tested, taking Integra’s total number of Roon compatible devices to eight. All three devices feature Dolby Atmos and HDMI 2.1.

The DRX 3.4 and DRX 5.4 models implement Dirac Live room correction allowing for perfect sound regardless of your listening space. 

These AVRs are AV swiss army knives that can satisfy any household’s need for movies and music. 

Onkyo TX-NR6050, TX-NR6100, TX-NR7100 and TX-RZ50
Roon Tested

We welcomed four new Onkyo devices to the Roon partner family last month. The TX-NR6050, TX-NR6100, TX-NR7100 and TX-RZ50 AV receivers are now Roon Tested and deliver robust, high-current power for your home-theater systems. 

The full model line-up features a plethora of audio and video chops, HDMI 2.1, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos just to name a few. The TX-NR7100 and the TX-RZ50 can bring even more audio heavy lifting to your system with Dirac Live or AccuEQ room correction.

Pioneer VSX-LX105, VSX-935, VSX-LX305 Elite, VSX-LX505 Elite
Roon Tested

The Pioneer VSX-LX105, VSX-935, VSX-LX305, VSX-LX505 are the latest AV receivers from Pioneer’s strong line-up of AVRs to become Roon Tested.

The VSX-LX305 Elite and VSX-LX505 Elite each feature DIRAC Live® Room Correction sent out to 9.2 or 11.2 channels respectively. The VSX-LX105 and VSX-935 are designed to make music streaming simple, and inherit many of the cutting edge connectivity of their bigger siblings, such as HDMI 2.1 and Dolby Atmos capability.  

Rotel A12MKII
Roon Tested

The A12MKII integrated amplifier is Rotel’s ninth Roon Tested device. Its sleek design features 60 watts of dynamic class AB amplification output into 8 ohms and a host of digital and analog (including phono) inputs.  

This amp routes digital audio through an audiophile grade, 32-bit, Texas Instruments DAC, and even features a Rotel designed toroidal power transformer inside of its thin and sleek packaging.

Zidoo UHD3000
Roon Ready

The Zidoo UHD3000 is the latest device join our Roon Ready family. The UHD3000 is a 4K Blu-Ray, music and video streaming media player that supports Dolby Vision and advanced 4K 12Bit HDR10+ playback.

When it comes to audio, the UHD is designed to impress with the latest ESS9068 Sabre DAC built-in and MQA + DSD playback. 

Roon Partner Update: December 2021

We had a busy December with an impressive array of seven new Roon Ready and Roon Tested devices from audio heavyweights Astell&Kern, Cocktail Audio, Dutch & Dutch, Lumin, Mcintosh and MiniDSP. For a full list of our partner brands and every Roon Ready and Roon Tested device, visit our Partners page on the Roon website.

Astell&Kern SP2000T
Roon Ready

Astell&Kern released their eighth Roon Ready device with the SP2000T.  The SP2000T combines the OP AMP configuration of the SP2000 with a nostalgic vacuum tube amplifier adding a vintage feel to the portable player.

Cocktail Audio N25AMP
Roon Ready

Cocktail Audio added the N25AMP to the Roon partner family.

The N25AMP is an all-in-one network audio player featuring a built-in 125W amp, a Sabre32 Reference DAC chip and a high-performance Dual Core ARM Cortex A9 processor and is certified as Roon Ready.

Dutch & Dutch 8c
Roon Ready

We are delighted to announce that the Dutch & Dutch 8c is now Roon Ready.

With its origins in mixing and mastering studios around the world, the Dutch & Dutch 8c are taking the audiophile world by storm. They deliver the kind of sonic experience one would expect from a system of separates and matched speakers four times the price. With built-in boundary matching, listening position optimization, and room equalization, the 8c adapts itself to your listening environment in order to deliver the performance as the artist intended.

Lumin P1
Roon Ready

Lumin added their 11th device to the Roon partner family with the P1.

The Lumin P1 has an array of features, including analogue and digital inputs, and Roon Ready functionality. Designed to be the heart of your system, you can use the P1 as a streamer, DAC and preamplifier or all three.

McIntosh RS150 and RS250
Roon Ready

The RS150 and RS250 wireless speakers are the latest additions from McIntosh to join the Roon family and are McIntosh’s first to offer networked Roon Ready playback.

The RS150 and RS250 combine wireless music streaming with legendary McIntosh sound quality for easy modern listening. The RS150 delivers big sound in a small package while the RS250 is McIntosh’s most powerful and advanced home audio wireless speaker system.

MiniDSP
Roon Ready

We welcomed MiniDSP into the Roon Partner family this month with their first Roon Ready devices, the SHD, SHD Power and SHD Studio.

The SHD has extensive connectivity options with three digital inputs, two analog inputs and USB audio enables the SHD to fit right into any modern audio system.

The SHD Power includes a 120W per channel low-distortion power amplifier for powering your main speakers, and two additional analog outputs for connecting a subwoofer or subwoofers.

The SHD Studio includes a variety of our powerful but user-friendly DSP audio tuning software – ten-band parametric EQ per channel, crossovers up to 48 dB/octave, compressor/limiter, and a flexible 2×4 matrix mixer.

Roon Partner Update: November 2021

We kicked off this fall with an impressive array of 7 new Roon Ready and Roon Tested devices from audio heavyweights Arcam, AVM, Audiolab, NAD, and TEAC. Read all about them in our latest partner update below. For a full list of our partner brands and every Roon Ready and Roon Tested device, visit our Partners page on the Roon website.

Arcam AVR5
Roon Ready

Arcam have added the AVR5 as their eighth certified Roon Ready device. The AVR5 is a high-performance A/V receiver that delivers stunning realism for the ultimate home cinema experience.

AVM SD 6.3, SD 8.3
Roon Ready

AVM joined the Roon family in June 2021 and now have six Roon Ready devices.

The SD 6.3 and 8.3 are the latest additions to the OVATION line. The SD 6.3 is built on AVM’s pure solid state technology while the SD 8.3 features a tube line stage for a warm and natural sound reproduction.

Audiolab Omnia
Roon Tested

We welcomed Audiolab into the Roon Partner family this month with their first Roon Tested device, the Omnia.

Omnia is a ‘just-add-speakers’ all-in-one system that caters for a music lover’s every need. It’s packed with features, including an integrated CD player, extensive inputs for external sources, and high-quality amplification to make the most of whichever speakers or headphones you choose to partner with it.

NAD C399
Roon Ready

The C399 is the latest NAD device to be added to the Roon family.

The C399 is an integrated amplifier with DAC utilizing NAD’s Hybrid Digital technology. It incorporates the latest generation of NAD’s Modular Design Construction for future extensibility and can accommodate all digital and analogue sources.

TEAC UD-701N, NT-505-X
Roon Ready

The TEAC UD-701N and the NT-505-X are the latest additions to join the Roon family.

The UD-701N is a new USB DAC/Network Player with a high-current headphone amplifier and full analog pre-amplifier functionality. It features their newly-developed TEAC ΔΣ (Delta Sigma) discrete FPGA DAC which implements state-of-the-art engineering and conversion algorithms.  It’s a versatile all-round unit that matches new listening styles for a new era.

The NT-505-X is a USB DAC and network player featuring dual ES9038 Q2M DACs in order to achieve the highest levels of signal-to-noise. Its headphone amplifier uses TEAC-HCLD 2 analog output circuits to ensure high current output capacity in all scenarios.

Roon partners win big at the What Hi-Fi? Awards 2021

The 39th edition of the What Hi-Fi? Awards took place on November 4th which saw 21 Roon Ready and Roon Tested products win across 11 different categories. 

There were multiple awards up for grabs at the prestigious event in London, which included product ‘Best Buys’ and ‘Product of the Year’ awards across 26 product categories, as well as five ‘Special Awards’ – all of which featured products from the Roon family. 

You can read about them all below.

Product of the Year Awards

Five Roon partners were awarded the ‘Product of the Year’ accolade, celebrating the very best tech of the year. 

Bluesound Node | Roon Ready
Best music streamer

“At this money, it represents one of the most entertaining and comprehensive ways of adding music streaming to your hi-fi system.”

Cambridge Audio CX81| Roon Tested
Best stereo amplifier

“If you’re looking for a well-equipped integrated at this level, this is a great place to start.”

Chord Qutest| Roon Ready 
Best DAC

“Chord has managed to do it again. The Qutest sets a new benchmark at this price”

KEF LS50 Wireless II| Roon Ready
Best all-in-one system 

KEF’s revisions have paid off; these sequels are among the most thrilling speaker systems we’ve heard”

Naim Mu-so Qb 2 | Roon Ready
Best wireless speaker

“The Mu-so Qb retains an inherently likeable presentation, but has matured over the three years since its first generation.”

In addition, a month before revealing the overall ‘Product of the Year’ winners, What Hi-Fi? announced all of their ‘Best Buy’ products, featuring thirteen Roon partner devices. 

Best Buy Awards

Arcam ST60 | Roon Ready
Best music streamer £1,000-£1,500

“If you’re happy with your hi-fi system but simply want to smarten it up by slotting a streamer next to your separates, the Arcam ST60 is a strong choice.” 

Astell&Kern A&futura SE180 | Roon Ready
Best portable music player over £1,000

“Astell & Kern’s quirkiest player yet is also one of its best value”

AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt | Roon Tested
Best DAC £200-£300

“If you loved the DragonFly Red as much as we did, and you’re looking to make the next step up without compromising on size or form, the Cobalt represents something of a no-brainer.”

Cambridge Audio CXA61 I Roon Tested 
Best stereo amplifier £600-800

“Class leaders are constantly being replaced in hi-fi, but rarely is it done so soundly as by Cambridge Audio’s CXA81 integrated amp”

Cambridge Audio CXN V2 | Roon Tested
Best music streamer £750-1000

“Making the best even better, the CXN (V2) is the best streamer out there at this price point”

Cambridge Audio DacMagic 200M I Roon Tested
Best DAC £300-£500

“Cambridge’s top-of-the-line DAC is a well-armed, high-performing all-rounder”

Chord Hugo 2 | Roon Tested
Best DAC over £1,200

“There isn’t another DAC around at anywhere near this sort of price able to communicate so torrentially, so unambiguously or so effortlessly. We like it a lot.”

iFi Zen DAC V2 | Roon Tested
Best DAC under £200

“One of the very best ways to upgrade your desktop headphone system.”

JBL Synthesis SDR-35 | Roon Ready 
Best home cinema amplifier over £3,000

“If you’re building a high-end home cinema, the SDR-35 should be the first AVR you audition”

KEF LSX | Roon Tested
Best all-in-one system under £1,000

“A neat, compact and entertaining all-in-one system of rare sonic quality”

Marantz PM7000N | Roon Tested
Best hi-fi system under £1,000

“A practical, well furnished just-add-speakers streaming system that impresses with its entertaining performance”

Naim Uniti Atom | Roon Ready
Best hi-fi system over £1,000

“Rarely does a product look and sound as good as the Uniti Atom, but here Naim has drawn big old capital S’s on Style and Substance”

Naim ND5 XS 2 | Roon Ready 
Best music streamer over £1,500

“The Nait XS 3 is a gentle upgrade but remains one of the most musically enticing options at this price”

Our friends at TIDAL also picked-up ‘Best music streaming service’: TIDAL’s expansive, accessible and hi-res-inclusive catalogue remains the best option for streaming-savvy audiophiles”.

Three of our audio partners also won in the ‘Special Award’ category which acknowledges their outstanding innovations and contributions to the audio industry. 

Special Awards

Cambridge Audio Evo 75 | Roon Ready
Readers Award

“The Evo 75 is a shining example of just how appealing a just-add-speakers streaming system can be”

Linn Klimax DSM AV | Roon Tested 
Temptation

“When it comes to insight, clarity and dynamic expression, Linn’s exceptional range-topping Klimax DSM is second to none”

Marantz PM6007| Roon Tested
Hall of Fame

“Clearer and punchier than its award-winning predecessor, Marantz’s latest entry-level amplifier never puts the formidable 6000 Series dynasty in doubt” 

Congratulations to all of our award-winning partners this year! You can find out more about the What Hi-Fi Awards 2021 and see all 109 winners here.