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Roon With Squeezelite

Roon With Squeezelite

SETUP ROON SERVER WITH SQUEEZELITE:

You can use Roon to play to Squeezelite (Squeezebox) end-points on your network.

To use Squeezelite on an Antipodes open the Antipodes Control Panel:

  • Select the ‘Settings’ menu item
  • Click on the ‘Squeezelite’ icon – this will open the screen shown below
  • Select the correct output driver
  • Select how your DAC likes to receive DSD files
  • Leave the other settings at the default values
  • Click on ‘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 Squeezelite

In Roon Remote go to Settings/Setup and set ‘Enable Squeezebox Support’ to ‘Yes’.

Finally, in Roon Remote, go to Settings/Audio. Under Networked you should see a Squeezebox device. Click ‘Enable’, enter a Zone Name and you will then be able to select the Squeezelite audio zone and play music through the Squeezelite player.

You can also use Squeezelite with Roon Server on the same Antipodes or on an Antipodes you are using as a renderer. Go to Settings/Squeezelite, set the ‘Audio Device’ setting to the correct output, and click ‘Save Changes’.

Roon Ready sounds a little better than Squeezelite, and the Roon DSP feature set is reduced, but you may wish to use Squeezelite if your DAC has a firmware bug described in this post. The Squeezelite renderer is stable despite the bug due to latency differences.

To use Roon with Squeezelite, you must delete the Squeezebox Server app if it is installed on your Antipodes. Go to Apps/Software Manager, click the ‘Installed Apps’ tab, locate the Squeezebox Server icon, and click ‘Delete’.
You can now use Roon Remote to play music.

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