roon sound wasn't as good

I'm among a smaller group of audiophiles who have tried roon really hoping to keep it for tis wonderful functionality, but chose not to continue to not use it based on sound quality.   Basically, sound quality via room was different than direct from my Naim streamer using its native (not great functionality) software.  I lose some of the warmth and ambiance and get a harder edged sound  You don't hear this often (though I have read a few others who were also not happy with a perceived sound difference) but I tested several tracks and music types (using tidal in all cases) and the results were consistent  My server for roon was my pc,  the Naim is an ND5 XS2 and is a roon end point.  I am using the Naim built in DAC.  


Roon can sound great it requires superior programming skills and hardware designed to run roon optimally,


our 432evo servers run Roon in an entirely different fashion by maximizing how roon is run by the CPU:.

we run Roon on one of the CPUs cores.

we run background processes on another core,

we then run music caching on another core.

all non essential processes are turned  off on the motherboard and we electrically shield the cpu with a custom designed shield, add a custom Sata cable, a shock mounted  suspension for ths Ssd,and a separate electrically isolated usb card and clock.and we use two Sbooster external power supplies one to drive the CPU and one to power the usb and clock cards.

And because we have separate boards and power supplies we also have zero obsolescence as better parts become available the servers can be upgraded easily

Dave and Troy

audio intellect NJ

Us importers 432evo music servers 














the result is a server which sounds more liken analog source when combined with a great Dac.


yes Roon can sound amazing whem implimented correctly

I created my own room correction filters for Roon using Room EQ wizard freeware and a $100 minidsp mike using an online guide. I apply the room correction then add additional eq filters to season to taste. Results can be tuned in perfectly to personal preference this way. You just have to get up the initial learning curve and experiment a bit at first. Perhaps the best tweak ever for less than $1k. We are talking total transformation as needed.

One of my rooms required very little adjustment but others quite a bit. Just using the mic and REW to get a handle on what issues your room has alone is a worthwhile learning experience that can help one make wiser decisions moving forward. I suspect there are many out there who would care but have no way of knowing to what extent their room as opposed to the equipment itself is determining what they hear.

But the server (core) usually matters far less than the player.

@fuzztone - I also have found this to be true. My server is in my network room, and streamer in my system room. I like the sound from the Signature Rendu SE optical streamer better than others I have tried but cannot reliably hear differences between servers. I would like to try the Innuos Pulsar streamer. Currently using a DDC after the Sig Rendu to provide more flexibility in digital connections into my DAC. Unfortunately, I don’t know how I would incorporate some of the digital processing options discussed here with my NOS R2R DAC.


This is the dirty little secret nobody wants to talk about. 

Innuos Sense vs Roon. Take a comparison listen sometime.

Even with that said I have Roon and will keep it. Reason is simple.

I will trade off some SQ for improved access to new music. 


That maybe true , but it does have HQ  player built in ,with that you can Taylor the sound  exact to your system.   Innous has Avery good interface ,sounds better and can use HQ player.