…and all the great info in this forum. I’ve been searching for info on a similar problem, but though mine may be related, is a bit different. I’m not having hi-rez (24/192) tracks stop, I’m getting scratchy, poppy, sound - like not all the data is being received or isn’t being decoded correctly.
BUT, I’m running Roon on a Mac Mini (late 2012 all solid state) running El Capitan 10.11.3, not a Windows machine. General configuration is Synology NAS - Mac Mini - Cisco managed Gigabit switch - Verizon Fios Router - Aries - Ayre QB9. All ethernet cables on this gear are Blue Jean Cat6a except the I have fiber running to the Aries.
I guess the simple question is…might the issue be the same as that diagnosed in this thread? And, if it might, is it likely that the 1.2 upgrade will solve it?
We decided to create a new thread, cause we aren’t 100% sure that you are suffering from the same issue.
Can you please clarify are you getting sound distortions while playing 24/192 only or this is not limited to sample rate/file format ? Can you also describe when pops are happening (end of the track, beginning) ?
Can you verify that Aries device is using the latest firmware?
What ver of Roon do you use?
Can you make a screenshot of the Ayre QB9 zone settings in Roon?
Sound distortions are with 24/192 files only, though I haven’t tested a 176 file. (I’ll have to find one and test) 24/96 are clear and sound great. The distortion is from the first note all the way through; I actually let an album play to see if things would improve with time, but the issue remained constant.
Aries Firmware is v3.2
Room version is v1.1 build 102 Stable (64bit)
Zone settings screen shot is below:
Some things I’ve tried:
At first I was concerned that the issue was related to my network so I cleaned some things up - specifically putting all Audio related devices on the same switch (2-switch issue was an anomaly created by installers) and I improved the wiring for all Audio devices - all are now on Blue Jean Cat6a except the Aries which is fiber (prior was installer terminated Cat6). Also, I tried switching the Aries to Cat6a but it made no difference. Net of it all, I don’t think the issue is related to my network setup…but you never know with networks!
Quick update: On 24/96 albums, when I first select an album to play, I get the same distortion. But it appears to only be the first 24/96 album and it only last several seconds, then things clean up and sound normal.
Playing through other players works fine, no problems at all resolution levels. If I play directly through the Aries’ Lightning App (which takes the Mac Mini and Roon out of the path) playback is clear, and when Roon goes directly from the Mac Mini to Ayre DAC everything is clear. (Exclusive Mode, Integer Mode, and Force Max Volume selected).
Please try this issue again with 1.2. The “Roon side” of RAAT has matured a bit over the past couple of months, and while this issue isn’t an exact match for something we know about, there is a decent chance that it is fixed now.