I would really appreciate community feedback on an experience I have had with my Roon setup after migrating to linux for Roonserver. I had tried multiple distributions on my 2012 MacBook Pro Retina (4 Core i7, 8Gb) and quickly realised the dependencies associated with roon server on linux.
Roonserver installed easily on AV Linux 19.2 and uses <1% of system resources when simple non-upsampling streaming of files from Tidal or Qobuz is played. The system uses a non-standard linux kernel.
Upon starting playback there is a repeatable, consistent, significantly different improvement in sound quality which makes no rationale sense to me! The same bit perfect data is sent to my Sonore Optical Rendu as when using a Mac OS X version of Roonserver or indeed other linux versions yet the sound quality improvement is easily noticeable.
Is there any chance someone may consider repeating this on another system to see if they can attain these differences, there is obviously something here I was not previously aware of.
Many thanks in advance