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Roon Labs Ecosystem Expands Exponentially in 2021

Roon Labs is growing at an exponential rate in 2021 with more than 200 hardware partners. It would appear that the mainstream is paying attention.

Products compatible with Roon

Roon Labs has taken its time expanding into the high-end audio and music streaming categories but it would appear that all of that groundwork has begun to really pay off.

We reviewed the Roon Labs Nucleus music server earlier this month and took a deep dive into Roon 1.8 back in May and we’re pretty confident recommending it as the best music management and playback platform for music listeners who are looking for the best way to integrate Tidal, Qobuz, and their CD library (assuming that it has been ripped to a server) into one tidy package for their home stereo system.

The cadence of new Roon Ready certifications has increased tenfold since the start of the pandemic. In 2020, just a handful of new products were certified each month, and in the first half of this year Roon Labs is already announcing over 100 new Roon Ready and Roon Tested devices.

Roon 1.8 on iPad, MacBook and iPhone

Roon Labs now reports that 40 new brands have submitted products for certification in that timeframe. This includes key product ranges and new launches from notable audio manufacturers, including Arcam, Astell & Kern, Cambridge Audio, and JBL.

Now working with nearly 200 audio brands – including global brands such as Bowers & Wilkins, Denon, Devialet, KEF, Harman, McIntosh, and Naim Audio – and supporting over a thousand individual products, Roon has fast become an essential feature in the listening rooms of music industry heavyweights, music collectors, and audiophiles.

Roon plays with everything – audio products as varied as network streamers, DACs, wireless speakers, all-in-one systems, and A/V receivers – at prices ranging from $100 to $100,000.

Roon 1.8 on iPad

Roon’s versatility and widespread compatibility mean users can have the best music experience with every audio product in their homes, regardless of manufacturer, product type, or 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.

With its new user interface and ever-growing feature set (as evidenced by the recent Roon 1.8 update) and support for high-res PCM, DSD and MQA digital audio file formats, Roon works with the highest level of performance the industry has to offer.

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Roon 1.8 on iPad with classical music selected

Roon is an intuitive way to browse, organize, and listen to music. Artist photos, credits, bios, reviews, lyrics, tour dates, and composers are located automatically, then interconnected by links to build a surfable digital magazine.

Roon is also a multi-room, multi-user networked audio platform – it offers features such as bit-perfect playback, DSD and PCM upsampling, multichannel support, and Signal Path display.

For the full list of Roon partners and certified products, visit: roonlabs.com/partners

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