Roon Rock Music Server Review

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Roon is a music server software that allows you to play and manage your personal music collection. In this Roon Rock Music Server Review, we’ll take a look at the features and benefits of this software to see if it’s the right fit for your music needs.


Roon is a music server/player software application with a pedigree: it was developed by co-founders Enno Vandermeer and Aidan Taylor, two of the guys behind Meridian’s Sooloos player. Sooloos was one of the first (and still one of the best) high-resolution music systems, so Roon has some serious lineage.

The software is designed to work with a wide range of audio hardware, from budget soundcards all the way up to top-flight DACs, and aims to make it quick and easy for users to store, index and play back their music collections. It also incorporates Tidal’s lossless streaming service into its search functions, giving users access to over 25 million hi-res tracks.

What is Roon?

Roon is a music server that allows you to store your music files on a central computer and then play them back on any number of other devices around your home. It’s designed to give you the best possible sound quality and to make it easy to organize and browse your music collection. Roon can be used with any type of music files, including MP3, FLAC, WAV, and more.

Key Features

Roon music servers are designed for audiophiles who want the best possible sound quality from their music collections. Here are some of the key features that make Roon servers stand out from the competition:

-Support for high-resolution audio files: Roon music servers can handle files with resolutions up to 24-bit/192kHz. This means that you can play back your music in exceptional quality, even if your file formats are not supported by other music servers.

-Integrated queue management: With Roon, you can easily manage your playback queue and customize it to suit your listening preferences. This is a great feature if you want to create a personal playlist for a party or event.

-Advanced search functionality: Roon’s search engine is powerful and easy to use, so you can quickly find the music you’re looking for. You can also use it to discover new artists and albums that you might like.

-Detailed artist and album information: Roon provides detailed information about your favorite artists and albums, including biographies, discographies, and images. This is a great way to learn more about the music you love.

User Interface

The Roon user interface is one of the most intuitive and easy to use interfaces of any music server on the market. The main screen is a large album art window with your music collection displayed in a grid below. You can browse by artist, album, or genre, and you can create your own custom playlists. Roon also offers comprehensive internet radio and streaming services integration.

The Roon interface is not just limited to browsing and playing your music collection. It also provides a wealth of information about your music. When you hover over an album or artist in the grid, Roon will display detailed information about that album or artist, including reviews, biographies, and discographies. Roon will even show you which of your friends are listening to the same music as you are.

Ease of Use

Roon music server is very easy to use. The user interface is very intuitive and easy to navigate. The software automatically detects and indexes your music collection and makes it easy to find what you’re looking for. You can also browse by artist, album, genre, or playlists. Roon can even recommend new music for you based on what you’ve already listened to.

Sound Quality

Critics and users agree that the sound quality of the Roon Rock music server is excellent. The server uses a high-quality audio DAC (digital-to-analog converter) to deliver amazing sound quality. It supports a wide range of file formats, including FLAC, WAV, and MP3. The server also upscales lower-resolution files to improve sound quality.


The pricing for Roon is a bit of a hot topic. There are three tiers to the pricing. For a single user, the cost is $119 per year or $499 for a lifetime pass. The second tier is for up to four users and costs $499 per year or $1,399 for a lifetime pass. The third tier is an enterprise level that has no set price and must be negotiated with Roon directly.

Roon also offers a free 14-day trial which does not require a credit card. After the trial, if you do not cancel, your credit card will be automatically charged.

Pros and Cons

Roon is a music server software designed to give users the most comprehensive, immersive experience when listening to their music collection. Roon can be used as a music player, music library manager, and streaming service all in one. It offers software support for a wide range of audio formats and file types, as well as DSD playback. Roon also integrates with Tidal, Qobuz, and other streaming services to give users access to millions of tracks.

There are many things to love about Roon, but there are also some drawbacks. Here is a quick overview of the pros and cons:

-Roon offers an incredibly comprehensive and immersive experience when listening to music.
-Roon integrates with many popular streaming services such as Tidal and Qobuz, giving users access to millions of tracks.
-Roon supports a wide range of audio formats and file types, including DSD playback.

-Roon can be quite expensive, especially if you need to purchase additional hardware such as an external DAC ornetwork player.
-Roon can be challenging to set up and use if you’re not familiar with computer audio systems.


Overall, we really liked the Roon music server. The interface is intuitive and easy to use, and the sound quality is excellent. If you’re looking for a high-quality music server that can stream your music to multiple devices, Roon is a great option.

Further Reading

If you’re interested in learning more about Roon, we recommend checking out our full Roon review. You can also find helpful information in our Roon knowledge base articles.

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