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HARMAN acquires Roon

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Harman International, a large corporation that is presumably the largest in audio history, is a subsidiary of even bigger Samsung Electronics since 2017. Under the corporate structure HARMAN covers numerous brands and audio-related markets ranging from automotive to studio and high-end for both enterprise and consumer sectors. According to a HARMAN press release on November 27th, the company announced the 'acquisition of Roon, the music management, discovery, and streaming platform for music enthusiasts.

Roon will operate as a standalone Harman business with its existing team. All Roon operations will stay in place and continue to be dedicated to serving and growing Roon’s community of device partners and customers, under a joint mission to deliver engaging and personalized audio experiences across a universe of products and platforms.
Aligned with its ‘work with all’ strategy, HARMAN is committed to growing Roon’s open device ecosystem which includes collaborating with more than 160 other audio brands, delivering audio to more than 1000 high-performance devices'.
Enno Vandermeer, Roon labs founder, wrote in a post for Roon users community that 'we’ve found a partner committed to helping us amplify what we do' and that Roon will remain committed to 'all monthly, annual, and lifetime subscriptions as well as trials' while keeping the team unchanged.
HARMAN ( designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things. With leading brands including AKG, Harman Kardon, Arcam, JBL, Mark Levinson and Revel. More than 50 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30 000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In March 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics.

Roon Labs was founded in 2015 by a group of music software developers for Sooloos, Meridian Audio, and HP. As Enno Vandermeer puts it 'In 2015, our tiny team of Sooloos/Meridian veterans created a one-page website that teased a new way to browse, discover, and listen to music. In nearly nine incredible years since, we’ve introduced ten successive versions of Roon, built the world’s broadest ecosystem of compatible audio products, and attracted a community of the world’s most dedicated music and audio enthusiasts'.

Chord Electronics products which are Roon Tested (to ensure compatibility): 2Go, Blu Mk II, DAVE, Hugo2, Mojo 2, M Scaler, Hugo TT2, Qutest and some others. Roon ready (with embedded Roon protocols and certified for performance): Poly.
Cary Audio has all its network players in DMS series certified as Roon Ready, AiOS (all-in-one-system) is Roon Ready as well.
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