After many problems with my laptop and Roon, I gave up and replaced it with a 2011 Mac Mini I had in the house. I use it with my DAC/HPA and headset.
It worked well the first week. Now I have the strange problem that when playing a song it looses connection to the core (another Mac Mini). It takes a couple of seconds, then it is on again, but the music has stopped and I have to press the play-button again. It looks like network problems, but I am not sure it is.
- I can play for hours with Aurdirvana 3 on the same Mini and the same library (NAS server + Tidal HI-FI) without this issue.
- I can play for hours on Roon to my other end points, 3 Sonos speakers in other rooms and Magna Mano in the same room.
Once in a while it also gets the clutter - stops, orange text indicating hardware problems, the skipping to next song.
Both Mac Minis core and end point are 2011, core i5 with 8 GB memory.