Roon and SA30 certification

Disappointing news from Roon regarding Roon Ready devices. Affects the SA30

Important Changes to how Roon interacts with your Roon Ready devices

Dear Roon subscriber,

When we first started our Roon Ready certification program, our goal was to provide a way for our customers to know that they were getting the best possible experience with their audio devices. People have come to trust Roon Ready devices to not only sound great, but work seamlessly in their homes with Roon.

In an effort to continue making Roon Ready a reliable, trustworthy signifier of quality, we are implementing some changes to what happens when a Roon Ready device has not completed the certification process.

What is changing?
Starting September 21st , Roon Ready devices that are uncertified will no longer have the ability to be enabled on the Audio Settings screen. When this change is made, uncertified devices will be discoverable, but cannot be Enabled for use with Roon.

Why is it changing?
The Roon Ready certification allows people to trust that they’re getting the best quality possible, but when products are prematurely released before their certification is complete, that trust is undermined. Not only can it create problematic situations for all parties involved, it hurts the reputation of the entire Roon Ready program.

How will this impact me?

*** If your device is Enabled in Roon’s settings, it will stay Enabled. But if you Disable the device, you will not be able to Enable it again after September 21st.**
*** If you purchase a device that is not certified as Roon Ready, you will not be able to Enable it for use after September 21st.**
What do you need to do?

*** Avoid Disabling the device after September 21st**
*** Contact your device’s manufacturer to make sure that they are working to complete their Roon Ready certification.**
We do not have a mechanism for grandfathering specific products, so when we flip the switch on September 21st, it flips for everyone at once.

We hope that taking these steps will ensure that Roon Ready continues to be a sign of quality for our customers. While we can’t comment on specific certifications that are in progress, please reach out to us if you have any questions.

If you have any questions, please head over to the Roon Community.

Thanks, and happy listening,
The Roon Team

Edit. Update from Roon

Hi everyone:

To clarify, this only affects devices which are going to be Roon Ready network players but were released before their Roon Ready certification was completed. When our partners create a Roon Ready network player, they go through a certification process that ensures they meet the quality requirements expected of all devices in the program.

When a device releases in an uncertified state like this, they are in violation of our licensing agreements. This change is to better ensure that Roon Ready network players live up to the quality that is expected of Roon Ready devices.

This does not affect non Roon Ready devices like USB DACs, Roon Tested devices, Airplay, Sonos, etc. These devices will continue to be supported. If your device does not specifically say Uncertified on the audio settings screen, it will not be affected.

Well, Arcam still has 12 whole days to get it certified, so that shouldn’t be a problem :grinning:.

Ha ha - yeah, shouldn’t be a problem.

However we shouldn’t just assume that it will be Arcam that is delaying the certification, it could be Roon. I know from being on the Headfi forum that Chord are claiming that their 2Go Streamer is awaiting sign off from Roon. Chord claim they have done their bit, so ball is in Roon’s court.

It looks like Roon are preparing to back down on this