In big news for the audio world, Samsung subsidiary Harman International has officially acquired acclaimed music player platform Roon. What does the deal mean for Roon’s legions of devoted enthusiasts? Rest assured – operations carry on as usual, just with Harman’s backing to accelerate growth while retaining the fan-favorite platform’s full functionality.
For the uninitiated, Roon caters to discerning listeners through a rich music browsing interface, expansive hardware compatibility, and an audiophile-grade playback engine. Supporting major desktop and mobile OSes, it makes your library shine while discovering new artists. Roon also certifies streaming devices and DACs as “Roon Ready” when meeting sonic standards.
While financial terms remain undisclosed, there’s already speculation Harman targeted Roon to anchor more premium streaming products. Importantly, Roon springs from a genuine passion for showcasing music at its best – a dedication Harman pledges to nurture rather than undermine.
Harman President Dave Rogers welcomed Roon’s “exceptional talent” enhancing existing audio engineering capabilities. More crucially, Rogers affirmed Roon will operate independently as a dedicated business unit.
So what stays the same for existing users following the acquisition? Namely everything central to daily enjoyment!
- Monthly/yearly/lifetime subscriptions carry over seamlessly
- Regular software updates continue steadily
- All supported devices and Roon Ready gear retain compatibility
- Certification of new Roon Ready products moves ahead
- The current Roon team all remain in place
With no expected layoffs or leadership shake-ups, stability shines as the guiding priority. After all, maintaining Roon’s sterling reputation amongst demanding listeners motivated Harman acquiring the platform outright rather than building a half-baked competitor.
While the door now opens for potentially tighter integration with Samsung devices, Harman pledges Roon endures as the same beloved hub enthusiasts cherish. And the backing of a major player like Harman could additionally bring Roon’s auditory bliss to entirely new audiences yet to discover its magic!
For now, newly-christened “Roonians” can rest easy knowing the platform they adore stays course. With sound quality remaining the guiding light, Harman’s stewardship may take Roon places founders never imagined – while keeping the soul of sublime musicality beating strong as ever!