SETUP ROON WITH ROON READY:
You can play from Roon Server to Roon Ready DACs or Renderers on your network.
But while Roon Ready is designed to be installed on a separate device from the Roon Server app, you can enable Roon Ready on the same Antipodes device that you run Roon Server on.
The simple reason we recommend you use Roon Ready instead of playing ‘Local’ as described in 5.1, is that sound quality is improved. Using both Roon Server and Roon Ready together on the same device will result is more coherent sound and we believe this is because there is less interference/contention between the server and renderer functions.
If you are using any Antipodes to stream to a Roon Ready DAC/Renderer via Ethernet then you don’t need to setup Roon Ready on the Antipodes.
If you are using any Antipodes on its own to play to your DAC then setup Roon Ready on it.
If you are using a CX+EX solution, then you setup Roon Server on the CX and Roon Ready on the EX.
To setup Roon Ready, open the Antipodes Control Panel, click on ‘Settings’ and then click on the ‘Roon Ready’ icon.
Make sure the correct output is selected, set how volume levels should be set, and how DSD files should be handled, and then click ‘Save changes’.
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 Ready
Once you have saved, the Antipodes will appear under ‘Networked’ as a Roon Ready device in Roon’s Audio Settings, and will display the IP Address. If the IP address is 127.0.0.1, it signifies that the player is on the same device as the current Roon Server app.
Open Roon Remote and play music.
There are some USB DACs using the XMOS U8 chip that have a bug in their firmware. This bug surfaces with Roon only with very low latency servers such as the Antipodes servers. The bug means that the USB input chip in your DAC can crash when there is a transition between a 44.1kHz 16 bit track and a 44.1kHz 24 bit track, in your playlist. To recover from the crash you need to restart your DAC.
The firmware bug has been identified and the bug fix has been published but some DAC manufacturers may not have a means to update the firmware, or even know about the bug.
A workaround is to use Squeezelite or HQPlayer instead of Roon Ready and these methods are outlined next. Another workaround is the use Roon DSP to resample all 44.1kHz files.