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Postby mdickey » Sat Aug 01 2015 17:21

The brilliant software team who brought us Sooloos was spun out of Meridian a few months ago to form Roon Labs (https://roonlabs.com/). If you haven't yet tried Roon you really should. I've used a bunch of different media servers and control points over the years and believe these guys are really going to shake everything up.

Today, you can play music to Volumio using Roon and AirPlay, but this is of course limited to 44/16. The team seems very interested in using Raspberry Pi as a renderer (see https://community.roonlabs.com/t/raspberry-pi-support/1129/18) and is working on a "Roon Speakers" network protocol for streaming over LAN (see https://community.roonlabs.com/t/roon-speakers-what-when-how-and-for-whom/290). They plan for this to fix all the ugliness of UPnP, AirPlay, etc. and ultimately become the gold standard.

In short:

It doesn't compromise on user experience or compatibility (unlike DLNA/UPNP)
It doesn't compromise on sound quality (unlike AirPlay)
It doesn't compromise on reliability (unlike RTSP)

MQA is an oddball in that list--it's a bitstream format, not a network protocol. Meridian does have a networked streaming protocol (part of their Sooloos offering). It is the closest thing to RoonSpeakers that's commercially available today. RoonSpeakers will be capable of carrying MQA content.

...No royalties, not even for codec licenses.

...The Raspberry Pi 2 is an important early target. It has a very comfortable hardware spec--more than the minimum, but it ticks the right boxes and is very inexpensive.


Anyway.. I just wanted to put this on people's radar and see if anyone was interested in or already working on writing a upmpd-like daemon for RoonSpeakers that bridged it to MPD?
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Postby alangcreech » Tue Jun 21 2016 05:28

I don't know about this. You should ask with experts.
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Postby wizardofoz » Thu Jan 12 2017 14:41

With some help from guys on the Roon Community threads there are several of us who have managed to get Roon Bridge to coexist with Volumio - thus allowing to pay via Roon or use the Volumio interface.

It did involve a rather big apt-get update as per the following commands...maybe this could be narrowed down as primarily I think it was to get bzip2 to install - but I'm not well versed in Linux or RPi distro's

If there is a better way please advise ... I would love to streamline this to a minimalist changes to be added/downloaded/updated/upgraded

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sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install bzip2

And to install Roon Bridge for armv7hf

curl -O http://download.roonlabs.com/builds/roonbridge-installer-linuxarmv7hf.sh
chmod +x roonbridge-installer-linuxarmv7hf.sh
sudo ./roonbridge-installer-linuxarmv7hf.sh


Oddly enough the Volume in Volumio interface can control the Roon output levels which is kind of fun.

Now I just need Volumio for the Allo Vana setup I have and all will be rosey.
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Postby wizardofoz » Tue Feb 07 2017 04:26

I tried the exact same thing on another exact same hardware setup and it won't work now...

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sudo apt-get install bzip2
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
You might want to run 'apt-get -f install' to correct these:
The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 libpam-systemd : Depends: systemd (= 215-17+deb8u6) but 215-17+deb8u5 is to be installed
 systemd : Depends: libsystemd0 (= 215-17+deb8u5) but 215-17+deb8u6 is to be installed
E: Unmet dependencies. Try 'apt-get -f install' with no packages (or specify a solution).
volumio@volumio:~$


any help would be much appreciated

likewise the first command gives

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sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
Hit http://archive.raspbian.org jessie InRelease       
Hit http://archive.raspbian.org jessie/main Sources   
Hit http://archive.raspbian.org jessie/contrib Sources
Hit http://archive.raspbian.org jessie/non-free Sources
Hit http://archive.raspbian.org jessie/main armhf Packages
Hit http://archive.raspbian.org jessie/contrib armhf Packages
Hit http://archive.raspbian.org jessie/non-free armhf Packages
Ign http://archive.raspbian.org jessie/contrib Translation-en
Ign http://archive.raspbian.org jessie/main Translation-en
Ign http://archive.raspbian.org jessie/non-free Translation-en
Reading package lists... Done                                                 
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
You might want to run 'apt-get -f install' to correct these.
The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 libpam-systemd : Depends: systemd (= 215-17+deb8u6) but 215-17+deb8u5 is installed
 systemd : Depends: libsystemd0 (= 215-17+deb8u5) but 215-17+deb8u6 is installed
E: Unmet dependencies. Try using -f.
volumio@volumio:~$
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