Yes but do you need to install HQPlayer on the Wcore 2.0 to be able to use it with roon and get better sound quality from roon?"The addition of the HQPlayer module allows using Roon and all of its benefits along with even better sound than was possible using the now-discontinued RoonReady module. Additionally, Aqua’s modularity ensures that the product remains up to date. I fully stand by my original conclusion that the Aqua LinQ is nothing less than a milestone product. It is the very best network endpoint that I have heard and I enthusiastically recommend an audition!” Christiaan Puntner, hifi-advice.com"
Waversa WCore 2.0 runs any of the three protocols: DLNA, ROON RAAT and their own proprietary WNDR (buffer-less Ethernet protocol).
The biggest problem with streaming widely used networks using DLNA is that the standard does not consider continuous audio streaming at all; it is just a standard for packet-based data transmission allowing multitasking Ethernet switches to function seamlessly while maintaining accuracy. In this...whatsbestforum.com
Judging from the statement above and their website, I speculate the engineers LinQ chose not to pay the licensing fee for ROON RAAT (and be verified) and found a work around using HQAPlayer. In this process the new module design had sonic benefits making the old module obsolete.
In the case of the WCore 2.0, your ROON controller (iPhone/iPad/computer) would see LinQ under Audio endpoint under ROON Player (aka ROON RAAT) 'unverified'. Otherwise it would connect using DLNA. The setup should be strait forward.
Thanks, i will ask Cristian from Aqua to explain me how that works.Either the LinQ processes the HQPlayer NAA Ethernet protocol or uses HQPlayer processing algorithms for better sound, or both. Hopefully they will chime in.
I am certain you do not need to install HQPlayer to run ROON, since this would limit the versatility of the LinQ.
Thanks, any idea when this LinQ core for HQPlayer will be available ?There is no license fee to be certified Roon Ready. A decision was made not to pursue Roon certification for several reasons. One of the pillars of Aqua is modularity and if Aqua proceeded with Roon Certification it would have essentially created a situation where Roon would constantly have to be involved with each new module/upgrade for the LinQ. This alone made it impossible for Aqua to agree to such oversight. Having an outside company "approving" future R&D wasn't acceptable.
The HQPlayer NAA has simply a higher SQ vs Raat and without any bureaucratic obligation.
The future LinQ core for HQPlayer will have zero-setup and a user-friendly UI. Plug and play, just the IP address to write in the Roon settings (for HQP).
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