In the network audio ecosystem that is Roon, the remote tells the server (aka Core) which audio to push to the Roon endpoint, when to stop pushing, when to skip to the next track or when to play something different, even from Tidal.
The most affordable Roon endpoint are the Apple TV and Apple Airport Express. In saving coin, users are saddled with Airplay audio transmission. To play hi-res audio and/or feel the benefit of Roon’s own asynchronous RAAT protocol, a Roon Ready endpoint is required, so called because it has been officially certified by Roon’s own tech team.
Available right now are Roon endpoints from AURALiC, Exasound, IQAudIO, Musica Pristina, Sonore and TotalDAC. Coming soon, with sign-off rumoured to be imminent, are Roon Ready units from DEQX and PS Audio. Roon is slowly but surely building third party hardware partner momentum.
Up this week with Roon Readiness are Bryston. First shown at CES in January, the Canadian company’s BDP-1, BDP-1USB and BDP-2 digital players are now a firmware update away from playing the Roon endpoint game.
BDP owners are directed toward the ‘Update Firmware’ function in Settings to update their device to the new S2.28 firmware. Job done.
Never used Roon before? Bryston are also bundling a 60-day Roon trial coupon. You’ll find it tucked away in the ‘Services’ menu once the new firmware has been installed. That’s a nice touch.