Merging Technologies

Heralding from Merging Technologies’ acclaimed history in professional audio recording systems, the MERGING+PLAYER is a true all-in-one Roon system. Featuring a full Roon Core with Roon Ready streaming handled by a ESS Sabre Reference DAC and integrated preamp, this is the comprehensive turnkey solution for enjoying the music in your library.


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Roon Ready
Coaxial and Optical S/PDIF input
An expertly crafted Core
The MERGING+PLAYER is a masterfully designed and crafted Roon Core, featuring a machined anodized aluminum enclosure that houses a dedicated computer section running Roon's custom built RoonOS operating system. This eliminates the need for any additional computer or Roon Core devices in your home—just use your smartphone, tablet, or laptop as a Roon Remote and you're ready to start streaming.
Use what the pros use
The goal of the MERGING+PLAYER is to combine Merging's multichannel audio engineering prowess with the best music playback solution in the world, Roon. Featuring up to 8 channels of playback and DSD256 support, the MERGING+PLAYER is the compromises choice to build your Roon playback system around while retaining the advantages of a fully integrated system.
High quality, adaptable I/O
The MERGING+PLAYER features a flexible set of input and output options. The rear of the device offers AES/EBU XLR, S/PDIF coaxial, and S/PDIF optical connections. For outputs, the device features up to 8 channels of analog outputs with mirrored RCA and XLR connectors for each channel. The front-panel houses 3.5mm (⅛") and 6mm (¼") headphone jacks for personal listening sessions.
Why Roon recommends
Engineering & construction
The MERGING+PLAYER features a spectacular machined aluminum chassis (weighing nearly 25 lbs), and a clear design emphasis on robustness and reliability throughout. Everything down to the locking Neutrik EtherCon RJ45 Ethernet cable (a pro audio optimized design) on this device is built to last.
A first class pedigree
Merging Technologies has been leading the development of high-resolution digital audio recording systems for 25 years, and is a regular recipient of the recording industry’s prestigious GRAMMY® award. Merging equipment is featured in recording facilities, concert halls, opera houses, and symphony orchestras all around the world.
Simplicity at its finest
The MERGING+PLAYER brings everything you need to start a Roon system in one box, from Roon Core to your audio output and volume control. Bring your own powered speakers or amplifier and speaker setup, and the rest couldn’t be easier.
Merging+Player setup
Useful information
- Product Specifications
Connectivity			| Roon Ready
Audio inputs 			| AES/EBU on XLR
                        | Optical S/PDIF
                        | Coaxial S/PDIF
Audio output     		| 8 x Balanced 3-pin XLR
                        | 8 x Unbalanced RCA
                        | 3.5mm headphone jack
                        | 6mm headphone jack

Formats supported       | PCM up to 384 kHz, DSD up to DSD256

Network                 | Gigabit Ethernet LAN

Word Clock              | BNC connector input

USB                     | For music libraries on USB drives or memory sticks 

Control interface		| iOS NADAC app

Power supply 			| AC 100V-240V/47-63Hz	

Dimensions              | 17.12" (W) x 3.74" (H) x 17.12" (D)

Weight                  | 24lbs 4.01oz

- What's in the box	
1 x Power cable 
1 x RAVENNA Ethernet cable
1 x Quick Start Guide

- Manuals and Downloads

- Warranty
The MERGING+PLAYER PL8 is covered by a three-year warranty effective from the date of purchase