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Denon and Marantz bring Roon compatibility to products

Roon for manoeuvre

by Andy Bassett
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Denon and Marantz bring Roon compatibility to products

Owners of a selection of products from audio specialists Denon and Marantz will now be able to enjoy Roon’s music management capabilities.

Parent company, Sound United, has announced that 59 Denon and Marantz products have been officially certified as being Roon Tested. Such accreditation enables owners to seamlessly stream their music libraries from a Roon server or Roon Core device to the approved devices and take advantage of the subscription based music management software.

All told, 31 Denon and 28 Marantz products are now accredited, including AV receivers, network audio players, wireless speakers, integrated amps, SACD players and  Denon’s new DHT-S516H soundbar. Links to the full list of compatible equipment can be found below.

Brendon Stead, senior vice president of product development at Sound United commented, “A critical aspect of the listening experience is learning more about your favourite artists, song writers and bands. It makes the music more intimate and alive.” He added, “In the past this intimacy was delivered by the record or CD covers and has been missing from digital online music. Roon helped pioneer this type of experience in the world of streaming music. We’re very excited Denon and Marantz is now Roon Tested so our enthusiastic listeners can continue discovering more about the music they love.

Roon Tested products have been profiled and certified by Roon Labs to offer best in class audio performance. Roon will recognise these devices, automatically configure them  and send them audio optimised for their capabilities.

Using a graphical interface, Roon adds to the music experience by locating and bringing together information including artist photos, credits, bios, reviews, lyrics, tour dates, and composers into a searchable digital magazine covering the music in your library.

Approved devices integrate local music files with Hi-Res streaming services such as TIDAL and Qobuz, so that listeners can access a cross-platform music ecosystem using server apps for Roon Nucleus, Windows, Mac and Linux. 

Control is managed using apps for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android with networked audio output capability to any Roon Ready, Roon Tested, AirPlay, Chromecast, Mac, Windows, iOS, or Android device on the network

Rob Darling, Directory of Strategy at Roon Labs, stated, “We're excited to have worked with the Sound United team to ensure the best possible experience of Roon with dozens of Denon and Marantz products. Few brands in audio have the storied histories of Denon and Marantz, and we're honored to be a part of their future.

The list of Roon Tested Denon products can be found here.

The list of Roon Tested Marantz products can be found here.

If you own one of these approved products, are you now tempted to get a Roon subscription? 

Source: Press release
Image Source: Denon

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