Roon Debuts Version 1.6 With Qobuz Support and a Whole Lot More

Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Play apps both listen very carefully to what we’re all saying and while Roon does something altogether different than voice-activated access to data of all types, it seems Roon Labs are listening just as intently to their (audiophile) audience.

The newest update to the audio-streaming playback software puts it at Version 1.6 and while this is only a point update if you’re counting (previous version was 1.5) it’s a much bigger improvement to use, stability and feature-richness wise than that single point would denote.

I’ve been using the Beta 1.6 version for a couple weeks now and I can tell you the differences are not small. It’s an order-of-magnitude faster in all aspects of use and it’s set-up and implementation are seamless and easier than ever to get going. It found everything on my network immediately, asking me to name my audio playback zones based on whether devices were Roon Ready, AirPlay or Chromecast enabled.

I can tell you that being able to control everything I have hooked up via wi-fi with Roon certainly helps to simplify playing music for me. Roon through the Aurender (albeit at 16-bit/44.1kHz maximum in ALAC per AirPlay protocols) to the connected headphone amplifier/DACs the N10 is feeding without having to switch between apps is a great option. And while the downsampled DSD64 version of “Gloria’s Step” via AirPlay might not have same upper-register air and decay to notes as the original, it’s still awfully good thanks to Roon’s RAAT (Roon Advanced Audio Transport), bit-perfect playback protocol.

Add in vast improvements to Roon’s seemingly empathetic Roon Radio feature with advanced algorithm predictive music-choices for keeping the vibe alive after what you’ve chosen to listen to is over and you’ve got a veritable Pandora’s Box of rabbit holes to explore from any artist or genre standpoint.

A re-jigged and simplified DSP engine interface makes tailoring the sound to your surroundings as simple as choosing a zone and moving a few slider bars. If you’ve been on the fence about trying Roon because you’ve been satisfied with the software you’ve been previously using for headphone listening at home, I think the time has come to acquaint yourself with Roon 1.6 and give it a try. Update to version 1.6 HERE. Download your free trial of Roon HERE.

Roon 1.6 press release highlights

Roon has always been great at reconnecting you with the music you've collected over the years, but now we've completely reimagined how Roon creates your personalized radio experience. Designed from the ground up with new machine learning technology, Roon Radio can play a mix of your favorites along with music from beyond your library, using the vast catalog of music from TIDAL and Qobuz. To get started, click the Roon Radio button on any album, artist, track, or genre from your library, TIDAL, or Qobuz!

Uncompressed high-resolution music from Qobuz

These days there are many ways to get your music – streaming services, digital download stores, and internet radio stations – and Roon supports them all. We’re committed to giving Roon subscribers more choices, which is why we’re excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with Qobuz to integrate their streaming offering in Roon! Now you can access the entire Qobuz catalog in Roon, allowing you to take advantage of Roon’s metadata with all of your favorite Qobuz content. Seamlessly sync your Roon and Qobuz collections, use Roon’s Versions to replace your lossy content with lossless versions from Qobuz, and fire up the new Roon Radio to start discovering more of what’s available from Qobuz.

A Fresh New Look

We listen to feedback from our subscriber community, and we’ve really taken that feedback to heart when redesigning several key areas of Roon 1.6. Check out our new Now Playing, Search, and DSP screens for some examples of how Roon is easier and more fun to use than ever. Roon’s metadata takes the spotlight on Now Playing, displaying a high resolution artist image, Real-Time Lyrics, credits, review, bio, and streaming resolution.

Search prioritizes the most relevant content in an easy-to-read layout, and lets you toggle between seeing only what’s in your own library, or including results from TIDAL and Qobuz.


Our DSP engine has been simplified to be more approachable and easy to understand, with a simple preset system that works across all devices, including your phone or tablet.

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ednaz's picture

The only thing missing for me is that Roon only connects to the 320K stream for Radio Paradise. For whatever reason, the lossless stream isn't supported (although... maybe it is now, just haven't had time to try...) JRiver HAS worked out how to do it, and that's one of the biggest things that's keeping both library managers running on my home server.