Rockhound: The issue is either Roon software or the Nucleus hardware.
To answer your question: The brief pause happens with any source, Tidal, Qobuz or from my NAS. It’s not a network issue. Here’s why…
First, I stream 4K video w/ Atmos for hours on end. No issues. Not a buffet, not a pause. I’m sure you know there is a ton more bandwidth usage than streaming music. Sources are NETFLIX, Hulu, Peacock, Paramount, Disney, Discover etc.
Second, what I listed as hardware is my network. Modem, router, cabling, WiFi devices. Network is Easy-peasy: 1 eero is the router. 5 eero’s are the access points that form the mesh network. Arris SURFboard SB8200 is the router. I use CAT 8 for all connections. I use Netgear Pro (unmanaged) switches. Simple, fast and extremely reliable. 1GB down which measures at the modem 955Mbps reliably.
Lastly, once the DSP volume level is turned off…I can stream music 24/7 without one glitch.
So, care to explain to me, a network admin since 1986, how turning on -or- off DSP will affect my ability -or- inability to stream music with or without issues over my WiFi network?
Let me ask that again. How does having DSP volume leveling turned on within Roon screw up just my music streaming on my network? It’s not network congestion as I’ve had all devices on my network on standby when troubleshooting.
The volume leveling uses CPU resources of the Nucleus. It has to examine, compute the increase or decrease in volume and then change the volume. I believe it is this computation and/or resulting volume adjustment that causes the music to briefly pause.
It ain’t me. It’s something within the software (e.g. not efficiently written) or the hardware isn’t capable of examining the stream and doing its calculations (or whatever) and adjusting the volume without exceeding those resources.
I really don’t appreciate comments that it’s my network until you can show me hard proof (logs, tracing etc.) that points to my network. Just so you know, I have been all over my network looking for issues. Computers, home automation, TV shows, movies, personal devices all work without a glitch. Let me also add, it’s not network congestion, because I’ve had just Roon streaming music with DSP volume level on and all other devices on standby. The only traffic on the network is Roon and the interruption of the music for a couple of seconds still occurs. Turn off DSP, perfect streaming.
Let me also define “drop the music”. It doesn’t go on streaming and then you pick up a few seconds later. Example: The music/singer is playing, “Take me out to the ball game”. When it drops / pauses, it does this: “Take me out -2 second pause- to the ball game.” If the song did this: “Take me out -2 second pause- game.” Then you’d have a case for a network issue. The music cannot be held in “memory” on the network. The stream is paused and then resumes. The bottleneck is within the hardware as the traffic/packets aren’t lost on the network.
An analogy: The interruption in music is as if I pressed a pause button. Upon releasing the pause button music resumes without losing a beat.
So, PLEASE add that to the explanation of how it’s my network.
Please understand that I’m not trying to be snide or condescending. I’ve been looking into this issue for a few months. It was frustrating and now I have the cause identified. I’ve been working in Software Engineering since 1986 and within electronics as a senior tech since 1982. While I have never considered myself a guru or special in any way, I do trust my experience. I’ve started networking in 1986 on Novell. Pretty close from the start of networking. I had the very first IBM PC on my workbench to use to troubleshoot desktop printer issues (IBM, Apple and Burroughs printers). Infancy of desktop printers. I can go on, I won’t, but it has been a fancinating career. I’ve been the one of the people to have created the wave of technology, the wave that either sweeps you up with it or washes over you and drowning your tech future.
So, since I am not perfect, please show me how a software switch within a computer (i.e. nucleus) can screw up my WiFi. We all can learn something new everyday.