Music management discovery and streaming platform Roon has announced new brand partners, with more than 25 new Roon-ready and Roon-tested devices from Arcam, Astell&Kern, Bluesound, JBL, Rotel, Mission and others over the last quarter, from July to September. Additionally, the brand welcomed five new partners into the Roon family.
British loudspeaker company Mission’s new LX Connect all-in-one hi-fi system is Roon Tested. Other new partners include Argon Audio, Avik, Silent Angel, and Zidoo (featuring three 4K UHD media players that are Roon Ready).
New devices that are Roon Ready include: Astell&Kern SE200, SE180 DAP, and KANN ALPHA portable audio players, marking seven Roon-compatible Astell&Kern devices to date; Arcam ST60, the company’s first-ever dedicated hi-resolution audio streamer with MQA; Bluesound Soundbar+ audiophile-grade soundbar; and for JBL’s 75th anniversary, the JBL SA750, a modern-retro Class G amplifier with streaming capabilities.
For the full list of Roon partner brands and every Roon Ready and Roon Tested device available, visit roonlabs.com/partners.
Additionally, Roon has announced updates to software version 1.8, which includes updates like completely redesigned “Versions” view, making it easier to compare different editions of your favourite albums in your own music library, Qobuz, and Tidal.
Also new is one of the most requested features from the Roon community: native control of Roon from your smartphone, even when the screen is locked. You can now access essential controls (play, skip, pause, volume control) natively from your Android or iOS device without going into the Roon Remote app. Gesture controls for iOS users have also been implemented.
Other updates released over the summer are Daily Mixes – six new personalized daily playlists based on your Tidal and Qobuz listening history; redesigned Tidal experience featuring top charts and staff picks; and improved search interface with predictive auto-complete (across artists, albums, tracks, genres, composers and compositions) to make it easier and faster to get to the music you love.
Roon now works with nearly 200 audio brands and supports over a thousand individual products.