+1, Room looks brilliant, the pricing is pretty scary though.
I'm hesitant to try the trial because of the potential setup involved. I currently have everything running smoothly in Audirvana, to install and setup my library for a trial of Roon that's going to end seems a little bit of a mission I don't need.
How hard is it to setup the library in Room, and does it migrate files or tweak meta data or anything like that? Audirvana creates a database instance, but doesn't touch the underlying files or file structure.
I run both Audirvana and Roon.
Roon beats Audirvana pants down for user experience. Without iTunes intergration, Audirvana's user interface is extremely basic. Roon's database management is also more efficient than that of Audirvana.
Up until the latest version of Roon (version 1.3) I thought Audirvana's sound quality is superior. The new version of Roon however levelled the playing fields. This new version of Roon also simplified meta data management.
Audirvana 3 is however imminent (overdue actually) and speculation is that it will include MQA decoding and a couple of other tricks.
If I had to choose now, I would take Roon above Audirvana (and I was a sceptic when Roon was first launched). It really works well and it has a slick and polished feel to it.
I do think Roon Remote sounds much better than Roon Endpoint, but that is a "cable type discussion". I have done my own comparisons and drawn my own conclusions. For now, Roon is the bees' knees as far as audiophile software goes.
You can safely download the Roon trial. There is an option in Roon settings that disables it from messing with your file structure. If selected it will not interfere with Audirvana and your music files at all. Give it a go.