SETUP ROON LOCAL PLAYBACK:
The simplest way to play music with Roon Server, is to play ‘Local’. In the Antipodes Control Panel, select the Settings Menu, and then click on the Roon Server icon.
Click to enable local playback and then on ‘Save changes’.
Roon Server will enable all compatible outputs on the Antipodes.
Setting Up Roon Server
Roon Server is pre-installed on your Antipodes, but the next steps require you to install Roon on the device you intend to use as a remote control. For a PC go to roonlabs.com to download the application. For a tablet or smartphone, go to the app store for your device and search for ‘roon’.
Once downloaded, open it and follow the steps to setup Roon on the remote control device. Note that with an Antipodes music server you do not need to enter a location for your music library during the Roon setup, because it has already been preset for you.
While installing Roon on your remote device, you can select the Antipodes that you intend to use for Roon Server. We recommend that you then make the following 3 setup alterations to Roon Server.
– DSP Settings
If you intend to use DSP for resampling/transcoding, then to tap into all of the power of your server, you should turn ‘Parallelize Sigma-Delta Modulator’ on. To optimise sound quality, an Antipodes server runs the CPU at around 50% of its full speed. To deliver high power without compromising sound quality, you can use all of the CPU cores for the task by setting this option to ‘Yes’.
– Library Settings
There are two Library settings we recommend you make. Open Settings and click on Library.
Antipodes servers run fanless for silent operation and for optimum sound quality. We highly recommend that the Background Audio Analysis function be set as shown below.
If you have Background Audio Analysis on, then it will diminish sound quality while it is analysing your whole library. If you like the feature, then set On-Demand Audio Analysis to ‘Fast’ and the analysis will happen almost instantaneously and only the first time you play the track. This makes it unnecessary to have the analysis running in the background.
But most importantly, you should never set the Background analysis to run any of the cores of a CX at 100%. The passive cooling of the CX is not designed to support such a heavy sustained load.
The second setting is optional, and at Library Settings click on ‘Import Settings’.
We find that most of our customers want to use the Genres already setup in their music files, because they have carefully organised their library by setting genres that make sense to them. The default is to use Roon’s genres, and you can simply change to using the Genres in your music files by making the settings shown above.
Setting Up Roon Local
Once Open Roon (remote control) on your desktop/laptop, tablet or smartphone. Click on the button ‘Manage Audio Devices’, or click on the menu icon top left, then on ‘Settings’ and then on ‘Audio’.
The screen that opens needs a little explanation.
At the top we have ‘Connected to this …’. Ignore this section, as it is just displaying the outputs available on the remote device you are using, but you can enable these if you wish.
The next section down is labelled ‘Connected to Core’. This displays available outputs on your Antipodes and in the image at right, it shows that an ‘Antipodes Prototype DAC’ is connected.
The next section down is labelled ‘Networked’ and displays the available compatible player devices on your network, that you can stream to.
You can enable any or all of these devices for Roon playback, play them independently, or group any set or sets of them in order to synchronise their playback, and now you can play music with Roon Remote.
To use Roon Server Local, you need to make sure none of the alternative Roon playback methods described in the rest of this section are enabled. The easiest way to address this is to use the ‘App Switcher’ to select a non-Roon related renderer.
Note however that while the alternative Roon playback methods involve more setup, they provide slightly superior audio performance.