Core Machine (Operating system/System info/Roon build number)
HP MicroServer Gen10 Plus 3.4GHZ XEON Processor 32GB RAM SSD OS
Network Details (Including networking gear model/manufacturer and if on WiFi/Ethernet)
Netgear 1GB Wired Ethernet.
Audio Devices (Specify what device you’re using and its connection type - USB/HDMI/etc.)
Apple Airplay (HomePod)
Standard PC Speakers
Description Of Issue
I am a trial user of Roon and my experience has been, well… awful. I like the software, feature set, etc. etc. – it all looks fine and dandy, but – man, there are some major issues with how you’ve designed the solution.
Entire house is on wired ethernet (gigabit) with * extremely * fast XEON-based workstations and servers… (Core is running on a XEON-based server, for example)… I get nothing but hiccups playing back the audio, pauses… skips… the interface lags horribly, works sometimes just fine – others, unusable.
I’ve googled this of course and see lots of other people tend to have similar issues.
One other beef I have is that the Core is not running as a service but rather a foreground application on the server, which confounds my mind as a IT guy of 30 years… I can watch performance of the app on my server take up to 32GB of RAM, which – also confounds… high CPU, that I can accept a bit – I can see it working through the 110,000 audio files (around 725GB) of music I have in various formats…
It’s been running 24/7 for the past 6 days and I’ve only chewed through 10,000 or so files… which seems a bit on the odd end of things, but – when it seems to be processing audio on the backend in Core, it seems to have a lag on playback.
The skips and audio drop outs…that’s the part I can’t wrap my head around… over a gigabit network…most audio files are less than 10MB, so – why stream them at all… or better yet, why aren’t they buffered?
I’ve used it all… WinAMP back in the 90’s over 100MB network… no issues… in the 00’s and up until now, mostly iTunes (which is a god-awful app in it’s own right)… still, even craptastic iTunes never dropped audio like Roon…
There’s no way I’d pay for this thing if it works like this, so – would love to actually get to “use it” for a while before I pay that hefty yearly fee…