Originally Posted by tngiloy
I'm kind of afraid to ask these questions here. My questions will show my computer/streamer ignorance, so please be kind.
I'm thinking about switching from JRiver to Roon.
The 205 is listed as a 'roon ready' device.
How do I hook up roon to the 205? Do I need a roon ready streamer box hooked up to the 205 ??
Or can I hook up Roon directly to the 205?? If so how??
Configuration of the Oppo 205 as a Roon endpoint is dead simple. In fact, setup of most Roon endpoints is pretty easy. Once you setup your Roon Core on whatever machine you choose, you can configure all your endpoints from any client on the network....PC, Mac, iOS, Android...it doesn't matter. Just make sure they are powered on so the Roon Core can find them. The clients don't search for the endpoints themselves...they rely on the Core machine to know where they are and whether they are available. So when you choose which endpoint(s) you want to play through, you'll only see the ones the Core sees at that time.
So to configure, select "Settings" from the menu in the upper left corner of the screen. From there, select "Audio". Roon will then present every available endpoint on the network. My screen shot has my two Oppo devices, a 205 and a 203 as well as a number of Airplay devices including Apple TVs, a Airport Express and a Denon receiver. Click the "enable" button next to your 205 and then give it a name to your liking. If you want to tweak some of the preferences for that device, click the "gears" icon next to the name and select "Device Setup". But defaults should serve you fine in most cases since the 205 is known endpoint type to Roon. There is also a selection here for "DSP Settings" which can get into some of the finer configuration of a given endpoint and is probably not needed in most cases but feel free to check it out.
The Roon Core remembers whatever preferences you selected for the endpoint in question so if you turn the endpoint off, Roon stops broadcasting its availability to the clients. If you turn it back on, then you'll see it again with all of your changes intact.
Keep in mind that using an Oppo 203/205 as an Roon network endpoint has three key drawbacks:
1. All DSD music is converted by the Roon Core to PCM since the endpoint software on the 203/205 can't handle it.
2. All multichannel music gets converted to 2 channel (there is some control in the preferences on how this is handled)
3. While MQA music can be played through the optical disc transport, USB thumb drives, network shares (SMB/DLNA) and through the USB DAC input on the rear, I don't think that it can handle it through the Roon enabled networked endpoint. Bob Pariseau can confirm that. Roon Core can do the 1st stage unfold of MQA files before the endpoint sees it. But if you want real unfettered MQA support, use another device like a PC, Mac or separate dedicated Roon endpoint to feed the Oppo 205's USB DAC port directly.
Finally, I've found the Roon Core to be extremely flexible in how it handles music regardless of the source and delivers content regardless of the endpoint. If you have a 24bit/352khz music file and you try to play it through an Airplay device only capable of 16/44.1, it handles it seamlessly. Roon will also tell you what's happening in the conversion process by clicking on the "star" icon next to the music selection in question. This is much like how JRiver tells the user about the conversion and transport process.