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What bit rate/sampling rate can be achieved via Google Cast?

Regarding the app, I was referring more to lack of continuous play, artist or song based radio, ability to shuffle without having to create a queue first.

In theory and on the spec sheet, anything up to and including 24/96 is supposed to be supported.



In practice, I've had trouble (in terms of reliability and stability) with anything above 24/48, at least wirelessly to chromecast audios. And it's (mostly) not my local network, because 24/192 generally works-without-error wirelessly to a raspberry pi via Roon Advanced Audio Transport.


That's actually the main reason why I finally broke down and paid the $$$ for Roon. When I'm using Google Cast (which is my whole-home-audio solution, as I only have RAAT working on 2 zones and a headphone rig), Roon downsamples all 24/88.2 and 24/176.4 to 24/44.1 and all 24/96 and 24/192 to 24/48... and thus plays back without glitch or stutter to all of my CCA's.

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In theory and on the spec sheet, anything up to and including 24/96 is supposed to be supported.



In practice, I've had trouble (in terms of reliability and stability) with anything above 24/48, at least wirelessly to chromecast audios. And it's (mostly) not my local network, because 24/192 generally works-without-error wirelessly to a raspberry pi via Roon Advanced Audio Transport.


That's actually the main reason why I finally broke down and paid the $$$ for Roon. When I'm using Google Cast (which is my whole-home-audio solution, as I only have RAAT working on 2 zones and a headphone rig), Roon downsamples all 24/88.2 and 24/176.4 to 24/44.1 and all 24/96 and 24/192 to 24/48... and thus plays back without glitch or stutter to all of my CCA's.
I hear great things about Roon but can't wrap my head around spending that kind of money for what it delivers.
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I hear great things about Roon but can't wrap my head around spending that kind of money for what it delivers.
Yes it is pricey, but for me, the selling point was its ease of installation and a rather small learning curve. I had the trial version up and running within 15 minutes.

Then the "rabbit hole" affect takes over. What I mean by that is the "liner notes" for each album. It's gets really bad when you have Tidal or Qobuz involved.

You find out that a particular artist played on a song you're playing, then you click on said artist, and find out he or she contributed to this album or that song, it gets maddening, but in a good way.
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I hear great things about Roon but can't wrap my head around spending that kind of money for what it delivers.

I think a lot of it comes down to how complicated your intranet/internet music listening is (how many seperate listening rooms/rigs/"zones" you have, and how varied/diverse they are), how much of a *power user* you are (if you value things like parametric EQ curves rather than hard discrete steps applied blunt force to a numeric range; how much you value transparency of your entire signal chain and to see what's being delivered along the way, etc), and just how much you like to geek out over meta-data and fun bells-and-whistles.


If you got a large list of "zones" you use for whole-home-audio playback, Roon really does that *right* in a way nothing else I personally tried did...



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Yes it is pricey, but for me, the selling point was its ease of installation and a rather small learning curve. I had the trial version up and running within 15 minutes.

Then the "rabbit" hole affect takes over. What I mean by that is the "liner notes" for each album. It's gets really bad when you have Tidal or Qobuz involved.

You find out that a particular artist played on a song you're playing, then you click on said artist, and find out he or she contributed to this album or that song, it gets maddening, but in a good way.

+1 to this. The linkable clickable metadata let's you sort on CRAZY stuff. You start to find out things about yourself and your listening habits like how might have a favorite MASTERING engineer (for example: I like what Ted Jensen does. When he's involved, records sound better, to me at least, than when he's not. I generally prefer the albums he did for Disturbed and Norah Jones alike, more than the albums he didn't... fascinating, IMO).
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