Roon Partner Update: July 2021

We kicked off summer with an impressive array of 17 new Roon Ready and Roon Tested devices from audio heavyweights Arcam, Astell&Kern, Bluesound, JBL, Rotel and more… 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.

Aavik 
Roon Ready

Joining the Roon family in June, Aavik are a Danish high-end audio brand who develop and manufacture amplifiers, digital-to-analogue converters, streamers and phono stages. You can now enjoy Roon Ready built-in on the S-180, S-280 and S-580 audio streamers.

Arcam ST60
Roon Ready

The ST60 is Arcam’s first ever dedicated hi-resolution audio streamer. Loaded with an abundance of features such as MQA, analog and digital outputs, and now Roon Ready, it is hugely versatile whilst being simple and straightforward to operate.

Astell&Kern KANN ALPHA
Roon Ready

Joining our family of Roon Ready audio partners in March of this year, Astell&Kern is a global leader in portable digital audio players. The KANN ALPHA is the fourth device to become Roon Ready, providing an ultra high power output to drive any headphone so you can enjoy a near-perfect sound experience wherever you are.

AVM
Roon Ready

AVM have been developing and manufacturing audio devices since 1986, making every device by hand in their factory in Southern Germany and is a new addition to the Roon Ready program. 

The OVATION CS 6.3 and OVATION CS 8.3 integrated amplifiers and OVATION MP 6.3 and OVATION MP 8.3 Media Players have all been certified as Roon Ready.

Bluesound Soundbar+
Roon Ready

The Bluesound Soundbar+ was designed specifically to deliver the highest quality sound through its quad-core processor and 120 watts of powerful sound with deep bass and rich detail. Designed to seamlessly integrate with your existing TV set-up, this audiophile-grade soundbar fulfills all of your home entertainment needs with added Roon Ready functionality. 

ELAC Discovery Connect Pro
Roon Ready

The Discovery Connect Pro is a Roon Ready multi-room streamer featuring a total of 8 playback zones. It has  built-in 192kHz 24-Bit audio DACs for each of its six analogue outputs to pair with its two digital outputs. 

JBL SA750
Roon Ready

In honor of JBL’s 75th anniversary, the JBL SA750 is a modern-retro Class G amplifier with streaming capabilities. Inspired by the classic JBL SA600 amplifier from the 1960’s, the SA750 combines mid-century styling with 21st century high-resolution streaming including Roon Ready built-in. 

Rotel RC-1590 MKII and RC-1572 MKII
Roon Tested

The RC-1590 MKII and RC-1572 MKII stereo preamplifiers are now Roon Tested. Both devices feature MQA support and multiple acoustic upgrades and refinements bringing an even higher level of performance and stunning clarity with a natural, enveloping sound stage. 

T+A Elektroakustik HA-200
Roon Tested

The HA 200 is T+A’s first dedicated headphone amplifier and features high-performance output stages that can drive even the most difficult of headphones.

Waversa WBridge and WNode S1
Roon Ready

The Waversa WBridge is a flexible digital bridge featuring WAP (Waversa Audio Processor) DSP and high-resolution playback. Connections include LAN, USB, Optical, Coaxial, AES/EBU and HDMI.

The WNode S1 is an all-in-one speaker system made out of a totally unique all aluminum chassis, that boasts a range of features including Roon Ready.

The Roon ecosystem is growing faster than ever

From our humble beginnings – the debut of the first Roon Ready network streamer (Auralic Aries) at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2016 – the ecosystem of products compatible with Roon is now the largest collection of high-resolution audio devices in the world.

Roon is compatible with over a thousand individual products from nearly 200 brands, including premium audio heavyweights like Bowers & Wilkins, Denon, Devialet, Harman, KEF, McIntosh, and Naim Audio, and also a wide range of manufacturers of smart devices and DIY products. Thanks in part to that focus on interoperability, Roon has become an essential component in the listening rooms of recording artists, producers, record labels, music collectors, and audiophiles.

The cadence of new Roon Ready certifications has increased tenfold since 2019. Back then, just a handful of new products were certified each month, but in the first half of this year we’ve already announced over 100 new Roon Ready and Roon Tested devices. Forty new brands have submitted products for certification in that time, including key product ranges and new launches from notable audio manufacturers like Arcam, Astell & Kern, Cambridge Audio, and JBL.

We set out to create an ecosystem with something for every use case covering a wide range of prices, form factors, functions, and features. Now, Roon really does play with everything – audio products as varied as network streamers, soundbars, DACs, wireless speakers, all-in-one systems, and A/V receivers – at prices ranging from $100 to $100,000. With support for high-resolution PCM, DSD, MQA, and extensive DSP, Roon offers the highest possible audio performance at any price.

Recent announcements about lossless and high-resolution streaming from Apple Music and others have kindled new interest in high-quality audio. For listeners who want to go beyond their mobile phone with Bluetooth headphones, Roon provides the largest and highest-performance ecosystem for listening to high-resolution music on the widest range of audio equipment.

In addition to Roon Ready products, there are hundreds of Roon Tested products that bring the Roon experience to the rest of your home. Support for Sonos, AirPlay, and Google Cast streaming devices – as well as USB and HDMI receivers and DACs – means that Roon helps you get the best performance out of virtually any audio device.

To see the full list of Roon partners and certified products, check out roonlabs.com/partners


Roon Partner Update: September 2019

As our partner program continues to grow, the Roon Ready and Roon Tested offerings from our partners become even more diverse. September was one of those months that covered the whole spectrum. From a thumb-sized USB DAC to a stunning digital upscaler, check out these new products from Audioquest, Cambridge Audio, Chord Electronics, and Stack Audio.

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Roon Partner Update: July 2019

We’ve always admired the timeless nature of the audio industry – from vintage tube amps to modern streaming DACs, we’re spoiled by such a broad spectrum of gear. While it’s not uncommon to see some hardware manufacturers come and go, this group of Roon partners has an average tenure of 63 years!

July brought us new Roon Ready and Roon Tested devices from Onkyo, Pioneer, Integra, Cambridge, ELAC, Opera Audio, and McIntosh. For a full list of the brands we’ve partnered with, and every Roon Ready and Roon Tested device, visit our website.

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Roon Partner Update: April 2019

April was a family affair as a number of complete families of devices passed through our QA department, with a total of 33 Roon Ready and 5 Roon Tested devices joining more than 350 other devices in our partner programs. It’s hard to believe the first Roon Ready devices shipped only 3 years ago!

Enjoy these offerings from Bowers and Wilkins, Bluesound, cocktailAudio, Waversa, Bel Canto, Nagra, and Holo Audio.

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