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10 minutes on T+A, Roon Ready certification

  • T+A. Calm down – this isn’t Carry On Up Your Crossover but an abbreviated ‘Theory + Application’ belonging to 40-year-old German hi-fi company T+A whose MP 1000E, R 1000 E and MP 2000 R MKII each put CD transport, digital tuner (FM, FM-HD and DAB+), Bluetooth input and UPnP network streamer into a single box.

    For users not in love with the T+A Control App that executes each multi-source device’s local UPnP and cloud streaming (Deeter, Qobuz, Tidal) via a somewhat pedestrian UI, a firmware update will soon add Roon Ready support so that each unit will instantly appear as a streamable endpoint to any installation of Roon’s server software, Core.

    Catch up here:

    In a recent press release, Siegfried Amft, owner and managing director of T+A, is quoted as saying, “After we accomplished the Roon Ready certification for our MP 8 in August this year, we are pleased that three of our most successful streaming devices have reached the same status now. Further T+A streaming devices are currently undergoing the certification process and will follow in due time.”

    On UI, we go from this:

    …to this:

    Roon adds guaranteed gapless playback, hi-res audio support with signal path transparency, options for multi-room streaming and a hyper-linked magazine layout with metadata overlay. End users get what they pay for.

    For Amft and his team, Roon Ready certification isn’t simply a matter of dropping Roon’s SDK onto their streaming board and calling it a day but, as Roon CEO Enno Vandermeer describes it, an “iterative process” that can see plenty of back and forth between hardware manufacturer and Roon’s development team until a specific set of (device dependent) functional requirements are met.

    According to Vandermeer, this development process guarantees the best possible experience for the end user.

    In this ten-minute interview, I chat with Vandermeer about Roon’s hardware partnerships, Roon Ready and how it differs from Roon Tested:

    Further information: T+A | Roon Labs

    Written by John Darko

    John currently lives in Berlin where he creates videos and podcasts and pens written pieces for Darko.Audio. He has previously contributed to 6moons, TONEAudio, AudioStream and Stereophile.

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