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Configuring your Server


Roon is an optional music management and listening solution that takes a very different approach to interacting with your music. Instead of seeing a spreadsheet-like view of your music, Roon provides a very rich non-list based experience, using credits, artist relationships, genres, lyrics, concert/tour dates, artwork, and more to allow for an informative navigation and exploration of your library. Roon manages digital music files collected and optionally integrate with the music streaming service TIDAL. Roon cleans up your music library, upgrades the metadata associated with your music, and provides a user interface that is far richer than anything else out there. Roon makes music exploration and discovery both informative and fun.

Please note that Roon requires a subscription (not included). To learn more about Roon and subscription options, please visit the Roon website.


Roon provides an alternative music management and playback system to the innuOS native system. Therefore, innuOS will be responsible for: 

  • Ripping CDs
  • Importing Music
  • Managing Quarantine
  • Backing up the Music Library 

With Roon installed, the following innuOS services will be disabled: 

  • Music Library - The Music Library will be removed from the innuOS Dashboard. Any changes to metadata and cover art will now be done through Roon.
  • Music Player - The native innuOS memory music player will be disabled as Roon uses its own music player (Roon Bridge). 
  • UPnP and Sonos Integration - Roon creates its own device ecosystem so the UPnP Server and Sonos integration are disabled with Roon. Sonos are shown as Roon-Ready devices within Roon. If you have UPnP streamers, please check first if support for your devices exists within Roon.
  • Music Streaming - Currently Roon only supports the Tidal streaming service. There's no support for Spotify, Qobuz or BBC iPlayer Radio. There is also no Internet Radio listings so Radio URLs need to be inserted manually.


Within innuOS, Roon can be used 3 different scenarios:

As a Roon Core Server and Player

Connects to a Digital to Analog Converter (DAC) via USB or other Roon-Ready devices connected to the network. This is the most usual scenario where you can use the innuOS server as an integrated Roon solution for both managing and playing your music. This also works as a multi-room system with the addition of other Roon-Ready devices.

As a Roon Core Server only

Connects to other Roon-Ready devices connected to the network. In this case, the innuOS server does not play any music, only serves music to other Roon-Ready devices. This is useful for users who focus on a multi-room system (e.g. using with Sonos) or want to use a specific Roon-Ready device for their Hi-Fi system, such as the dCS network bridge.

As a Roon Player only

Connect to another system running Roon Core and use as a player only. This is useful if you plan to use Roon with computationally-heavy Digital Signal Processing (DSP) scenarios, where a very powerful computer is required to perform the heavy-duty processing, such as upsampling to DSD.


innuOS Servers currently use Intel Quad-Core CPUs which are powerful enough for music server duties whilst maintaining the system fanless and limiting the amount of power-noise polluting the audio system. The main task requiring very heavy computational requirements is the DSP processing within Roon. With the current hardware, upsampling CD-Quality files to DSD128 and DSD256 will not work properly. Upsampling CD-Quality files to DSD64 works when this DSP setting is being used stand-alone, as well as upsampling to PCM 384KHz. Combination of DSP settings which require more computational power than currently present will result in stuttering music.

If you plan to use DSP on Roon heavily, we suggest to install Roon as scenario 3, using the innuOS server as a Roon player only and using a powerful PC (Windows/Mac) as the Roon Core server.

Installing Roon

Roon can be easily installed from innuOS version 1.2 onwards.

1. Go to my.innuos.com on your web browser and select your innuOS server


2. Click on Settings

Click on Settings

3. Choose "Choose Server Integrations"

Choose Server Integration

4. Enable Roon Integration. Please note that when Roon is enabled, UPnP Servers and Sonos will be automatically disabled. Then choose "Apply Changes".

Enable Roon

5. Roon will now install and a confirmation window will confirm it's ready

Roon Installed

6. Please download the Roon app for the Apple App Store or Google Play store. The app should now recognise the Roon system running on innuOS. Please follow the Configuration options in the next section to configure Roon.