Macbook Pro 2016 2GHz Dual Core i5, 16GB RAM, 500GB SSD. MacOS 11.4 (Big Sur)
I’ve changed the energy-saving setting to not sleep when on power
MBP connected via a new Cat7 ethernet cable to a Technicolor router
Local music files on WD 2TB NAS drive, connected to same router via ethernet
Streaming via Qobuz hires
Endpoint is Auralic Aries Mini, connected to network via wifi. This outputs to Benchmark DAC3, etc.
1000 albums, 12,000 tracks
Description of Issue
Playback is ruined by constant stalling and skipping. This happens with both Qobuz and local files, but bizarrely (to me, anyway) it seems if anything worse when streaming local files. An error message pops up saying the music is loading slowly, etc.
For example, I just tried to play a 25-minute, 5-track violin concerto, which is stored as a FLAC ((44/24) on the NAS. After the 5th or so stall/skip during the first 10 minutes, I gave up and switched to streaming it to the Aries using Auralic’s LIghtning app – this played the whole work flawlesly – with the same file, same storage/network/endpoint hardware.
I’ve had my 30-day trial and am now paying for a montly subscription. I love the metadata side of things, and would prefer to switch to an annual sub and perhaps invest in a separate NUC/ROCK core, but I’m unwilling to spend the £550+ this would involve if I can’t see it working on my existing hardware which is surely adequate? (if inconvenient.) Processing speed is shown as 45–50x.
Any suggestions? I really want to have this work but it’s just too frustrating at present!