Giving RoonLabs a run

Doing the trial of Roon by RoonLabs. A very fine audio media controller. A wonderful interface and well thought out on the display and designed specifically for audiophiles and music lovers. I’ve got a few days left on the trial but I think I’m going to subscribe in spite of the severe network limitations on configuration.

Ugh, everything must reside on the same subnet. The server, the audio output devices, the controller. You don’t get an option to manually enter addresses, it just does a discovery on the local subnet. That’s actually a problem for people multiple subnets like myself. Everything that’s wired is static with the 192.168.1.0 network. All wireless devices are on the Google Mesh network which is 192.168.86.1 such as the Sonos Connect, the Oppo and AppleTV. Oh, the Synology NAS is wired too.

I wanted to run the server on a Centos7 VM on ESXi like I do with Plex and my other systems but I then couldn’t discover the Sonos or Oppo well because, ESXi doesn’t support wireless devices. (Which leads to a whole other question for VMware’s edge strategy but that’s for another post) Next up, I had to put the Roon server on an old MacMini and enable wifi, there have been pauses, not optimal. My thought is to purchase another Intel NUC, and using it for Plex and Roon, enabling wired and wireless and not virtualizing. That’s a weird feeling.

It’s alomst time

When I first got my Bowers and Wilkins P5, I knew that one day I would be the proud owner of an 800 Diamond series. So I created my virtal slush fund, on average about two bucks a day, more or less. Well the time has come and with the completely redesigned 800 series to include the new 803 D3, this is the year.

My current config is the P5 fronts, HTM3 center and two media rears. They have served me well these many years. The rears and the HTM3 center is staying, but it’s time to retire the P5’s.

Introducing the 803 D3, a mixture of sound and art with the heritage of the Nautilus line. Hopefully to soon be in Castle Nelson. Of course, it’ll be in the Rosewood.

theater updates

A friend tiped me off to some really good afforadble theater seating from Havertys. Saved about ~20% for their Memorial Day sale, each seat reclines fully and the separators have power for the electronics. Really nice layout. Also, got new storage cabinets for the media (vinyl and CDs) from….wait for it….Walmart. Better Homes and Gardens brand has some good stuff for the price. The old vinly storage was old, like almost 30 years old and was definitely aged.

Love the new look and its defintely been a while since I’ve spent significant time in here.