Sound United, parent company to Denon, Polk Audio, Marantz, Definitive Technology, Classé, and Boston Acoustics, is teaming up with digital music distribution/management service Roon to bring Roon Tested Accreditation to 68 Denon and Marantz AVRs, amps, preamps, SACD/CD players and other devices enabling seamless easy-to-use streaming of locally stored and online music using Roon servers or Roon Core devices.

Roon Tested’ accreditation means that a specified A/V receiver or similar device is automatically configured to perform within the Roon ecosystem, and applicable products will carry an icon within the signal path selector. The capability will enable listeners to easily stream music from a Roon Core (Mac, Windows PC and Linux systems with Roon app installed, or a Roon Server device) to the A/V receiver or supporting device.

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In a joint announcement, the companies said the applicable Marantz and Denon devices will leverage the Roon platform to provide extensive song data with rich listings and categorization that provides accurate genres, lyrics, artists’ concert/tour dates, artwork, and other pertinent information to expand the user experience through their music libraries. The newly enabled and tested Roon devices from Denon and Marantz will be able at tap into local digital music files and high-resolution streaming services like TIDAL and Qobuz, to generate a cross-platform networked music ecosystem equipped with server apps for Roon Nucleus, Mac, Windows, and Linux.

Control is managed via apps for Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android, with networked audio output capability to any Roon Ready, Roon Tested, AirPlay, Chromecast, Mac, Windows, iOS, or Android device on the network, the companies said.

“A critical aspect of the listening experience is learning more about your favorite artists, songwriters and bands. It makes the music more intimate and alive,” stated Brendon Stead, senior vice president of product development at Sound United. “In the past this intimacy was delivered by the record or CD covers and has been missing from digital online music. Roon helped pioneer this type of experience in the world of streaming music. We’re very excited Denon and Marantz is now Roon Tested so our enthusiastic listeners can continue discovering more about the music they love.”

Another benefit to the Roon interface is how it integrates and lists streamed music using the TIDAL and Qobuz streaming services. Denon and Marantz users can enjoy their personal content libraries seamlessly merged with their high-resolution streaming favorites so searches and playlists will include content from both sources.

The Sound United announcement follows a similar announcements including Onkyo & Pioneer’s fall 2019 announcement that select Onkyo brand receivers are also Roon Tested.

The interface can be controlled from Roon’s app on any device, including a smartphone, laptop, PC or tablet. A subscription to Roon runs you about $119 for a year. But purchasers of applicable Denon and Marantz products can acquire a free 60-day Roon trial coupon for a limited time. Further information is available at, or

In order to store the actual music files library, users will need either a PC with above average storage capacity (4GB of RAM); a Network Attached Storage (NAS) Device (4GB of RAM and an SSD); or a dedicated server (no monitor). Roon can play standard file formats including WAV, FLAC, AIFF, ALAC, DSD and PCM files up to 24 bit/384 kHz (AIFF and WAV up to 32 bit/384 kHz), and DSD up to 256. Gapless playback is also supported.

Among the Roon supporting Denon and Marantz AVRs, integrated amps, preamps, and SACD/CD players, are the following:

Device Name Brand Product Type

AVR-X3600H Denon AV Receiver
AVR-X2600H Denon AV Receiver
AVR-X1600H Denon AV Receiver
AVR-S950H Denon AV Receiver
AVR-S750H Denon AV Receiver
AVR-S650H Denon AV Receiver
AVR-X6400H Denon AV Receiver
AVR-X4400H Denon AV Receiver
AVR-X3400H Denon AV Receiver
AVR-X2400H Denon AV Receiver
AVR-X1400H Denon AV Receiver

Device Name Brand Product Type

AVR-S930H Denon AV Receiver
AVR-S730H Denon AV Receiver
AVR-X8500H Denon AV Receiver
AVR-X6500H Denon AV Receiver
AVR-X4500H Denon AV Receiver
AVR-X3500H Denon AV Receiver
AVR-X2500H Denon AV Receiver
AVR-X1500H Denon AV Receiver
AVR-S940H Denon AV Receiver
AVR-S740H Denon AV Receiver
AVR-S640H Denon AV Receiver
PMA-2500NE Denon Integrated Amplifier
PMA-1600NE Denon Integrated Amplifier
PMA-150H Denon Integrated Network Amplifier
DNP-800NE Denon Network Audio Player
AVR-X6300H Denon Network AV Receiver
AVR-X4300H Denon Network AV Receiver
CEOL N-10 Denon Network CD Receiver
DHT-S716H Denon Soundbar
DRA-800H Denon Stereo Receiver
HOME 150 Denon WiFi Speakers
HOME 250 Denon WiFi Speakers HOME 350 Denon WiFi Speakers
SR6014 Marantz Amplifier
SR5014 Marantz Amplifier
SR7013 Marantz AV Receiver
SR6013 Marantz AV Receiver
SR5013 Marantz AV Receiver
NR1609 Marantz AV Receiver
NR1509 Marantz AV Receiver
NR1710 Marantz AV Receiver
NR1510 Marantz AV Receiver
ND8006 Marantz CD Player
PM7000N Marantz Integrated Stereo Amplifier
NA6006 Marantz Network Audio Player
SR7011 Marantz Network AV Receiver
NR1608 Marantz Network AV Receiver
NR1508 Marantz Network AV Receiver
ND8006 Marantz Network CD Player
M-CR612 Marantz Network CD Receiver
AV7703 Marantz Pre-amplifier
AV7704 Marantz Pre-amplifier
AV8805 Marantz Pre-amplifier
AV7705 Marantz Pre-amplifier
SR8012 Marantz AV Receiver
SR7012 Marantz AV Receiver
SR6012 Marantz AV Receiver
SR5012 Marantz AV Receiver

Device Name Brand Product Type

SA-10 Marantz SACD/CD Player
SA-12 Marantz SACD/CD Player
SA-KI RUBY Marantz SACD/CD Player / DAC
NR1200 Marantz Stereo Receiver

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By Greg Tarr

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