Starting in Roon Build 354, any zone in Roon can display Now Playing information and lyrics on Chromecast devices!
Chromecast Displays can be tied to Roon Ready devices, Sonos, Airplay, RAAT, Squeezebox, and more.
You can also display Now Playing information in most web browsers.
Using Chromecast as a Display
If you want your Chromecast device to display what you’re listening to, just click the Displays button on the Volume Popup
If you don't see the Displays button, you may not have any Displays available on your network.
You’ll see a list of Chromecast devices on your network, and you can click Display Now in order to start displaying Now Playing information.
If you want your Display any time you play music on this zone, choose Start On Playback from the menu.
Multiple zones can all use a single Chromecast device as a Display, and multiple Chromecast devices can all be tied to a single zone.
Roon can also send Now Playing information to web browsers like Chrome, Safari, and Firefox.
To set up a web browser for use as a Display, first visit Settings, then navigate to the Displays tab.
Copy the link then open it in your favorite web browser.
Once you have the browser open to your Core’s Display URL, it will appear just like any Chromecast device in the Displays menu.
Web Display supports Chrome, Safari, and Firefox. Edge will also work, but may not perform as well as browsers with full support. Internet Explorer is not supported, but please let us know
if you’re having issues with other browsers.
Roon has lyrics for millions of tracks, with timing data for many that allows us to "sync" lyrics to the track as you listen.
When a track in your library has Real-time Lyrics, you’ll see a small clock alongside the lyrics icon:
When you play a song with Real-time Lyrics, your Display will show lyrics on-screen, scrolling them along with the song.
Real-time Lyrics can be turned off from the Displays tab of Settings. Also, note that the Real-time Lyrics icon is currently only available for content in your library. Real-time Lyrics will be shown for content that's not part of your library, but the icon will not be shown while browsing. We hope to address this limitation in the future.
The devices listed below are known to work as Roon Displays:
Chromecast devices, including Chromecast Gen1, Chromecast Gen2, Chromecast Ultra, and various other devices with Chromecast built in are compatible Roon Display devices. These can be seen when viewing Settings > Displays.
To use your Apple TV as a Roon Display, first open Safari on one of your iOS devices and begin using it as a Display. Now use AirPlay to on your Safari app to display this on your Apple TV.
Amazon Fire Devices
You can use your Amazon Fire device as a Web Display by entering the Web Display URL into your web browsing application.
We have found that the PlayStation 4 console browser is not compatible as a Roon Display.
While some Roon Ready devices have HDMI outputs, only Chromecast and web browsers are supported for Displays at this time.
In most cases, Chromecast issues can be resolved by rebooting your Chromecast device.
If you are having problems with web displays, try clearing the cache in your browser.
If you're still having problems, let us know