Recognising others may disagree, I think Roon is some weird joke being payed on audiophiles. For me, $119 per year is utterly ridiculous.
I'm not keen on subscription software, but I must admit I like Roon and have a subscription.
It's not only the cost of the software but the work involved in curating information about the media and one of the more intelligent ways I've found of getting recommendations of similar material.
The cost is perhaps higher than I'd like, but most of us using Naim streamers which are Roon capable will have paid a substantial amount for the streamer and if the software ticks the boxes for someone then in that context it's probably a small expense compared to the overall outlay on our systems.
I've not used it for a few weeks as I had the software on my Mac Mini's internal HD but have been booting from a USB 3.0 attached SSD more recently.
I just installed the software on the SSD and deauthorised the other copy, pointed it at a folder on another external drive containing my Qobuz downloads and virtually instantly I can control playback of this stuff from the Mac as I type or on my iPhone/iPad.
Qobuz metadata is challenging and I've spent far too much time fiddling changing that (generally for classical works) on my NAS in order that I get a single entry for a given work which can play in track order. With Roon it just seems to work as I'd expect it to without any of this metadata editing, and as a time saver alone it's probably worth the cost.
The Roon RAAT engine in the Nova is the only way I can reliably play back hi-res gapless audio currently - I could use Airplay which works, but that is limited to CD quality and I mainly buy hi-res audio. Chromecast works ok for on streaming purchases via my iPhone to the Nova but gapless is a non-starter
If Roon support Qobuz in the future (which I think would be mutually beneficial) I will hopefully be able to stream gapless non-purchased on demand from Qobuz too which may push me to upgrade to their Sublime+ product.
Appreciate I'm repeating myself but the fact 'it just works' the majority of the time is what I love about it - I'm not fighting the poor metadata in downloads, or the way the NAS handles this and presents it to the Nova.
Streaming digital media the way you want to can be challenging - playing a CD or vinyl LP is simple and works as you expect it to. Playing digital media via Roon is the same and works as you expect it to.
If you've never tried it give it a whirl via a trial - if you've trialled it then it's probably not for you irrespective of the cost.