Originally Posted by Steve Bruzonsky
I was told by a Mac rep at CEDIA that there will be an announcement this Monday and my impression (not 100% sure) is it could be a ROON Ready successor to the MX-160. Wait and see if I somehow screwed this up?
Originally Posted by gdfein
That would be cool. My local Mc dealer says it will be an MX170 as the flagship PrePro.
I question Roon Ready vs Roon Tested as all the recent vintage of releases Mc has issued are only Roon Tested and cannot function as an Endpoint without the assistance of another device.
Roon Tested is a misleading moniker imho and I’m sure there are consumers buying Roon Tested devices thinking it to have been synonymous w/ Roon Ready and finding out otherwise.
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"Roon Ready network players
Roon Ready is the highest level of Roon integration available to partners, and means that Roon technology is actually customized for, and embedded into, their devices.
It's a designation given to audio player hardware products that have both implemented RAAT, and have been certified by Roon Labs for proper implementation. For more details on what RAAT can provide, how it differs from other network streaming protocols, and the design philosophy behind it, please check out the RAAT page.)
But the Roon Ready program's biggest strength is that it goes beyond technology... it leads to a great product, in both sound quality and user experience.
We've seen too many great audio products hindered by poor user experience (UPnP), and too many good experiences compromise on sound quality (AirPlay), so we designed the Roon Ready program to ensure this wouldn’t happen. Roon Ready Partners and Roon are each in control of what they are best at... audio is in the hands of the hardware manufacturer, and the control of the user experience in our hands.
And the products will be certified by both the manufacturer and by Roon, which means you can trust that you will receive the best experience and support from Roon Ready devices, regardless of the manufacturer.
Roon Tested DACs
We want Roon to work with all the hardware out there, but most importantly, we want our users to have confidence that the products they have (or are considering buying) will work well with Roon. To achieve that, we came up with a second hardware partner program called "Roon Tested". We need to have a working relationship with the manufacturer to make this happen.
The idea is that we test various manufacturers' audio endpoints with Roon, using a much more rigorous test than any normal user would. The manufacturer also tests Roon with their product, and makes sure we don't do anything bad to their endpoint. Because the manufacturer has provided us with their hardware, we can test our software against every device when we make new releases.
A few USB and networked audio products out there do some special in-app stuff when you hook them up to Roon. They're identified in Signal Path and the zone selector, and Roon can identify the product, support extra features, provide links to the manufacturer website and the product's manual, and so on...
If your favorite product is not showing up as Roon Tested, contact your manufacturer and tell them to get it tested. We only can test what we have in our possession. Feel free to link them to this post."