McIntosh Labs: Roon Tested Certification for Eleven Products

It was only a matter of time until the big blue meters swung around to point the way towards streaming-audio software palanquin Roon and all the hassle-free and optimized listening that comes with that compatibility.

McIntosh Labs just announced that a good chunk of their preamp and integrated-amplifier lineup that are serviced on the digital side by their eight-channel, 32-bit/384kHz, DSD 256/DXD DAC used in Quad-Balanced mode all received Roon Tested designation. The qualified models are the: C47, C52, C2600 and D1100 preamplifiers, the MA5300, MA7200, MA8900 and MA9000 integrated amplifiers, the MAC7200 receiver, MHA150 headphone amplifier and the MXA80 Integrated Audio System.

To be clear, Roon Tested does not mean Roon Ready. What it means is that “products designated as Roon Tested have been profiled and tested by both Roon and McIntosh for maximum compatibility. Roon will recognize these devices and send them audio optimized for their capabilities. The device settings in Roon are optimized to improve the customer experience. No fiddling with checkboxes or dropdown menus. Roon Tested devices are automatically identified and configured out of the box.”

So what is Roon Ready? According to the company it is “the highest level of Roon integration available to partners, and means that Roon technology is actually customized for, and embedded into, their devices. It's a designation given to audio-player hardware products that have both implemented RAAT, (Roon Advanced Audio Transport – connectivity for a wide range of software and hardware applications without format support restrictions) and have been certified by Roon Labs for proper implementation.”

With this first Roon lock-step, McIntosh has taken an important stride in the computer-audio stratum of the hobby as Roon is seen by many digital enthusiasts as the software player of choice because of its compatibility with so many different hardware vendors products.

If you don’t have a Roon account, you will need to acquire one and then download and install the application Core on your laptop, PC, Intel NUC or Roon Nucleus. Roon Remote can be used from a smartphone, iPhone, tablet or iPad. Existing Roon users can acquire the McIntosh device icons and optimized settings by restarting Roon Core. After that, navigate to the “Identify My Device” feature in “Device Settings” and apply the new information. To find out more, check out McIntosh and Roon.

Press Release Highlights

Binghamton, NY – March 13, 2019 – McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for 70 years, is proud to announce that 11 of its products have received Roon Tested designation.

Roon is a rich and engaging way to browse, organize, and listen to music. Artist photos, credits, bios, reviews, lyrics, tour dates, and composers are located automatically, then interconnected by links to build a surfable digital magazine. Roon is also a multi-room, multi-user networked audio platform, it offers features such as bit-perfect playback, DSD and PCM upsampling, multichannel support, and Signal Path display.

“Many McIntosh customers have requested support for Roon, and today we are happy to announce that all of our current model preamplifiers and integrated amplifiers with digital audio are now Roon Tested,” said McIntosh President Charlie Randall. “All of these products were already full-featured units, and now with adding Roon Tested capabilities they will bring even more value and enjoyment to their owners.”

"We're excited to be working with the team at McIntosh to give their customers the best experience possible of their McIntosh equipment and Roon,” said Rob Darling, Roon Director of Strategy. “Being Roon Tested will make it easier for McIntosh users to enjoy music while taking the technology of their systems to its fullest potential, from streamlining first-run set up to removing the complexity of configuring Roon DSP Upsampling so they can take advantage of the incredible high-res performance offered by McIntosh's digital designs.”

McIntosh Laboratory Inc.
2 Chambers Street - Binghamton, NY 13903-2699