UPDATE: Roon Coming Soon to Bluesound & NAD
Quietly added to the growing list of Roon Partners overnight, was the addition of the Bluesound and NAD logos as Roon Ready network players. While still stated as 'coming soon', this is the first confirmation that Bluesound will in fact work with Roon.
Bluesound's BluOS platform which allows for multiroom streaming in 24-Bit High Resolution and MQA compatibility, has emerged as one of the most popular solutions for whole home audio. Meanwhile, Roon has risen to the top as the ultimate platform for control, and the linking (and syncing in some cases) of various audio products throughout a home in an easy to manage interface.
Bluesound owners have been constantly asking the question about Roon compatibility via social media and the respective brand's own forums. Until recently no official word has given, with the most recent comment being "we're in talks".
Overnight the Roon Partners page was updated to list both Bluesound, and sister brand NAD (which shares the BluOS platform) as partners, but 'coming soon'. Good news for Bluesound and NAD owners, either way.
Rob Darling, Director of Strategy at Roon labs said on their official forums yesterday:
I'm happy to announce that I've just gotten off the phone with the kids at Lenbrook, and we can now say that all BlueOS enabled devices from Bluesound and NAD will be Roon Ready in an upcoming release.
This is a really exciting development for the Roon Ready partner program, given the breadth of the Lenbrook offerings and the number of roles their devices can fill in a multiroom environment.
UPDATE 19th October 2016: A press release from NAD and Bluesound parent company Lenbrook overnight confirmed "NAD Electronics and Bluesound, manufacturers of premium consumer electronics, announced that they will become a Roon Ready Partner." The integration is expected to be live via a firmware update before the end of 2016.
Bluesound is distributed in Australia by Convoy International.
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