Roon Integration Options

Innuos Music Servers provide the option for the user to install Roon software in order to browse, manage and play music. This will replace the innuOS Music Library and Music Player. 3 options are provided in terms of integration:

  1. Roon Core – Your Innuos Server will act as a Roon Core so it will manage the stored music as well as playing music to both connected DACs to the Innuos Music Server as well as other endpoints on your network.
  2. Roon Bridge – Your Innuos Server will act solely as a Roon endpoint, you will need a Roon Core running on another system in order to play music on the Innuos Server.
  3. Experimental Mode – Similar to Roon Core mode where the Innuos Server is running as Roon Core but using Squeezelite as the Music Player instead of Roon’s Music Player.
Experimental Mode may have occasional dropouts. It uses the Squeezebox integration within Roon which supports only audio up to 24bit/192KHz and DSD64. Quarantine and Import will be disabled as they require the internal LMS to be active and that would conflict with this feature on Roon.
Innuos Servers do not meet recommendations provided by Roon – you can check them here – especially with regards to CPU. Our experience of integrating Roon since 2016 has shown us that the main constraint is if you want to upsample music files to DSD (converting PCM files to DSD on the fly requires a lot of CPU power) or if you want to provide DSP to more than 4-5 endpoints. Innuos philosophy has been the use of Low-Power CPUs that pollute as little as possible and allow for higher quality linear power supplies. These have brought, in our view, better results than upsampling to DSD or running a separate Roon Core Server. However, if you do plan to use those features then we recommend not to use the Innuos Music Server as Roon Core and use a different Roon Core instead.

You can jump to the article below for information on how to configure Roon on the Innuos Music Server.

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