Hi Chris, your post needs to be moved to the Support area and tagging @support will also help highlight it. There are a lot of very helpful people in the forum Chris, hopefully they can sort out your issues quickly.
Could a mod please move this to the support area. @andybob Chris is obviously very frustrated
Hey @Chris_Lischy — Thanks for sharing your report with us, and apologies for the difficulties you’re experiencing.
So we can better understand what you’re experiencing, please describe your network configuration/topology, including any networking hardware currently in use, so we can have a clear understanding of how your devices are communicating.
Just to confirm, do other files play okay?
Does this behavior happen to all endpoints, or just certain ones?
As mentioned above, does this behavior seem to be related to the Mac Mini going into rest mode?
Just to confirm, is this all zones, or just certain ones.
Is firewall enabled on the Mac Mini? If so, does temporarily disabling this yield any positive results?
How is the Mac Mini connected to the network? Is it also via Ethernet?
When Roon is unable to play to this device, are you able to play to it outside of Roon?
Is firewall enabled on the this machine? If so, does temporarily disabling this yield any different results?
Just to clarify here, do these zones not show up when you are not using the iPad remote?
The most maintenance free way to run Roon is a NUC running ROCK using modern unmanaged gigabit switches for your network. That will remove any bottlenecks to do with processing performance and network capacity, as well as not suffering the issues of the machine going to sleep. You can add another layer of simplicity by making the NUC passively cooled if siting is an issue. Of course if your MacMini meets the required spec you could iron out the wrinkles with your existing setup but you intimated that you might not want that. ROCK does require a small element of tinkering to set up but not a huge amount. Most importantly it works for the vast majority and is easy to trouble shoot.
If I were you I wouldn’t rush to assume that the Mac Mini is necessarily the source of your woes. As a counter-example I’ve been running Roon on a Mac Mini for some time during which it has been entirely trouble-free. (I realise that’s not much help, except insofar as it might help you avoid a wild goose chase.)
Agreed and was likely my course of action. Buying a NUC is secondary to a possible issue with the Synology specs. It’s five years old, 8 bay but with newer WD 7200RPM drives. Still might be the issue. Maybe a cheap-ish solution is a larger USB attached, music drive, to the Mac Mini.
The Synology will keep everything safe (plus it’s backed up) but the dedicated USB attached to the Mac Mini will serve my music needs. The library isn’t changing that much. Worth giving a try.
I’d like to propose a test that should give us a little more information above exactly what is causing the behavior you’re experiencing.
Try temporarily using the iMac as your Core machine. Do all of the same behaviors exist when doing so? If they do, this points to networking issues that we will need to look more into. If not, there may be some settings on the Mac Mini causing issues.
Give this test a try and let me know the results, this will be a great data point for knowing what our next steps are.
Hi, an i3 generation 7 NUC is more than enough for most unless you have a massive library or are doing DSP. You can go second hand and go as far back as a gen 5 machine although I wouldn’t go lower than an i5 (which is what I use). It is supported and can do DSD X2 (128) plus a couple of other zones. You can price a new i3 with 4-8gb RAM and a 64 or 128gb M2 and you may well be presently surprised. And you can always sell the Mac. I did run Windows 10 but ROCK takes away a lot of the concerns about the OS.
I used to run Roon on a 2014 i5 Mini. I hated it for many reasons, but not being able to run Roon wasn’t one of them. The Mini, running Roon Server, and having music files on a Synology DS214 had no problem running Roon or any files’ formats. I also upsampled my music to DSD256. The Mini and the Synology probably aren’t the problem.
Although I changed to an i5 NUC and a USB attached HDD, there’s no reason to do that yet.
There are many people here who will help you figure it out.
Agreed. I’ve run Roon on my 2011 Mac Mini until a couple of months ago when I moved the core/server part and the music files to a NAS (QNAP). Never had an issue. It’s much faster loading album pictures now, but that’s all. Still using the Mini as a streamer (the NAS feeds the Mini which feeds the DAC).
Might your mini be busy doing many background tasks? If I understand right, your problems are only with high rez/DSD files?
I suppose this brings us back to the original question. Can this be simple? Nucleus is as simple as it gets. NUC/ROCK is more involved in setup but once past that hurdle things should be as easy as they can be. Windows and OSX add potential layers of complexity due to updates and issues around support. They do work well enough but when they don’t that is when it can become tough going.