basically Plex is the poor man's Roon, and whilst I'd love to be able to drop $500 on Roon, the incremental improvement in features seems marginal at best. Actually I can't see much gain other than multi-room streaming, and there are features in Plex (like streaming to my mobile device when I'm out of the house) which aren't available on Roon. The bigger issue is that to do multi-room streaming I'd need to upgrade all my end-points from £30 chromecast audios (96/24) to probably £500 bluesound units (192/24), which feels like a huge outlay for very little benefit. If I did that I'd probably skip Roon and use Bluesound's app.
Am i missing something?
But the more I read about Tidal the less enamoured I am with it. Setting aside JayZ's involvement, it's a US company (so my privacy is less secure) and also there's talk it will be bought by Apple sometime soon. I'd love Qobuz (French firm, EU only) integration with Roon but seems like this is being held up at the Qobuz end. That would be a killer combination.