Harman buys audiophile darling Roon

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Simon Cohen

By Simon Cohen November 27, 2023 1:35PM


Roon is the go-to software for audiophiles who appetite to administer their music library, alive services, and audio accessory from one axial location. And as of November 27, it’s now endemic by Harman, ancestor aggregation of JBL, Harman Kardon, AKG, and Mark Levinson.

Roon is a subscription-based account that gives ambitious audio admirers the adeptness to administer all-inclusive collections of agenda music while authoritative area and how that music is played on accordant accessories throughout their homes. It’s a little like Sonos on steroids.

The aggregation additionally makes and sells committed media server software and hardware, alleged Nucleus.

Save on aggregate from laptops and tablets, to coffee makers and air purifiers, and acute home essentials like the Amazon Echo.

There are already added than 1,000 accessories from 160 brands that accept been Roon certified. These accommodate wireless speakers, carriageable media players, stereo receivers, network music streamers, and digital-to-analog converters (DACs).

Harman says that Roon will “operate as a standalone Harman business with its absolute team,” according to the columnist release.

“The aggregation at Roon shares our affection in bringing aberrant complete and connectivity to music lovers as they browse, discover, and accept at home and on the go,” said Harman’s affairs analysis president, Dave Rogers. “We are attractive advanced to affable Roon, whose absorbing aptitude will accompany the Harman ancestors and bolster our already able-bodied engineering capabilities.”

Having Roon’s multiroom alive technology centralized could acquiesce Harman to attempt added anon with Sonos. The company’s JBL casting afresh launched a ancestors of Wi-Fi-enabled acute speakers alleged JBL Authentics. While these speakers assignment with assorted wireless technologies like Apple’s AirPlay and Google Chromecast, they abridgement a committed belvedere for multiroom audio.

JBL additionally makes abounding accepted wireless earbuds and headphones. Given the advertisement from Qualcomm that its latest Snapdragon chipsets will accompany Wi-Fi to this category, it’s accessible that Harman could use Roon to accord these accessories audiophile-level capabilities back acclimated at home.

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