Using Roon with speed conversion to DSD128 (USB) and DSD64 (SPDIF coax). Source to iFi Zen Stream.
Playing Tidal Hifi+. My iFi Zen Stream feeds a Chord Hugo 2 DAC (most of the time via coax).
Noticed that configuring MQA across Zen Stream and Roon, impacts frequency of occasional audio disconnections.
Can you suggest the “optimal” device settings across Roon and Zen Stream?
I’d let the DAC deal with everything at its native resolution. No upsampling in Roon. If you think it sounds better with some help from Roon then only upsample to the maximum PCM rate your connection allows. As intimated above Chord DACs are configured to work a certain way in PCM and although it can work with DSD it only converts it back to PCM before doing its audio conversion thing. Give the whole signal chain less work to do and see how you get on.
You will only get the first unfold with a Chord DAC. Just let your Roon core do the first unfold and set your device as renderer only and it should work although you can try no MQA capability (or similar words). You want Roon to recognise and act on a MQA signal but you will not get the final stage of rendering. You get Chords processing instead.