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#289492 - 2019-12-02 20:09 Re: QNAP software [Re: Ian]
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I do wish I understood what you are talking about! I have spent a little time trying to get to grips with Roon, simply by playing around with it. Unlike Sooloos, which I found very straightforward and intuitive, at least for the simple things I want to do (search for and play music and store and access my own collection), one really has to work at Roon because of its power and complexity. I have even benefited from some absolutely invaluable personal help from a very talented and knowledgeable Meridian Unplugged member, but I struggle to go beyond what he has helped me do. As my school report said, I really must try harder.


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TV+Music: MS200(x2), Explorer2, i7NUC8gen, QNAP TS253A, DSP33(2), 3xC10s, Ensemble, TwinStore, 218.
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#289496 - 2019-12-02 21:17 Re: QNAP software [Re: Longitude0]
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Registered: 2002-02-14
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Loc: Surrey, UK
Apologies I am not trying to appear judgemental here. However, Sooloos was driven by an album browser that had a couple of ways to be sorted.

Just use Roon/albums browser and it behaves exactly the same way.

I use that 99% of the time and get to what I want in a couple of clicks using the filter (funnel icon top right)

You can just really ignore any of all of the other stuff. Get your zones set as you want them away off we go.

IMHO it doesn’t have to be used in a complex way.


Rgds,
Nick

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Edited by ncpl; 2019-12-02 22:54.
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#289503 - 2019-12-03 15:37 Re: QNAP software [Re: ncpl]
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Registered: 2007-05-17
Posts: 341
Loc: Gerrards Cross, UK
The more I get to know Roon the more I realise how to use it in just a simple way, not drawing on all of its capabilities. The difficulty I am gradually getting over is that I have had to become much more knowledgeable than I think should be required of a novice in order to know how to use it simply.

Sooloos was to my mind much more of a consumer product. I mastered it easily, but it does only what I want - and I can understand that others may want a lot more, or be like me and be content with less.

Even I like Roon's ability to deal with a wide range of endpoints (a killer advantage for me) and my only disappointment functionally is I can't use my earlier generation iPads as controllers, as I have already noted.

To reach the widest markets I would certainly advise Roon to offer it (no need for different prices) with a simpler initial interface with a "switch" that unlocks the full power for more experienced or ambitious users. They have done that in terms of hardware with their Nucleus and with ROCK, the implementation of which on an i7 8th generation Intel NUC I found a piece of cake using their simple instructions. Let's have a similar (temporary if required) option in the software.


Cinema: 861v8, ID40, UHD722, 800v4, DSP5200SE(2+C), DSP3300(4), DSW, + various recorders and streamers.
TV+Music: MS200(x2), Explorer2, i7NUC8gen, QNAP TS253A, DSP33(2), 3xC10s, Ensemble, TwinStore, 218.
Music: All Quad incl ESL63.
Kitchen: AD88 (bluetoothed via i80 dock).
Spare: 101, M2(2), 104 Tuner.
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#289504 - 2019-12-03 16:26 Re: QNAP software [Re: Longitude0]
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I may have missed it but have you considered Logitech Media Server, Squeezebox, set up? Free, uncomplicated, good controller via iPeng?

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#289507 - 2019-12-03 16:41 Re: QNAP software [Re: Ogri]
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Registered: 2007-05-17
Posts: 341
Loc: Gerrards Cross, UK
Yes, I have a Squeezebox and I use iPeng. But I also use Roon with the Squeezebox, which illustrates Roon's wide capability with endpoints. I have used iPeng for a few years and like it not least because I am full of admiration for its originator. What a great guy and a true example of the power of the individual over corporate sloth, incompetence and narrow mindedness.


Cinema: 861v8, ID40, UHD722, 800v4, DSP5200SE(2+C), DSP3300(4), DSW, + various recorders and streamers.
TV+Music: MS200(x2), Explorer2, i7NUC8gen, QNAP TS253A, DSP33(2), 3xC10s, Ensemble, TwinStore, 218.
Music: All Quad incl ESL63.
Kitchen: AD88 (bluetoothed via i80 dock).
Spare: 101, M2(2), 104 Tuner.
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