Lossless vs Enhanced Signal Path (while using Crossfade)

Core Machine (Operating system/System info/Roon build number)

Innuos Mini Zen MK3

Network Details (Including networking gear model/manufacturer and if on WiFi/Ethernet)

Ethernet connection

Audio Devices (Specify what device you’re using and its connection type - USB/HDMI/etc.)
Musical Fidelity M6siDAC connected to Innuos Mini ZEN MK3 (core) via usb which in turn is connected to my integrated amplifier Musical Fidelity NuVista 800 with a balanced connection.

Description Of Issue

I mainly play music through Tidal (Masters subscription). The crossfading is a function that I need for sure, does it have any effect on the quality of the music played? I ask this because even though I have no DSP function on, whenever I use Crossfade Time ( let’s say 4 seconds) I get an “Enhanced” Signal Path, instead of “Lossless” that I always get when I switch Crossfade Time to 0. When I switch on DSP volume I get a “High Quality” Signal Path ceteris paribus

I think, if you’re doing anything to fool with the signal in Roon, it is no longer considered lossless. Do what sounds best to you with your system.


Seeing “Enhanced” should not be worrying, it means that you are requesting Roon to perform some DSP on the stream, and this enhancing it, more information in our Knowledge Base:

Suppose I do only crossfade, nothing else, will crossfade affect the whole song or only the overlap? Outside the overlapping period Roon could as well copy bit-perfect all the rest of the song to stay as true as possible. Is that the case? That would be cool. I understand that DSP and volume changes affect the whole song but crossfade does not really ask for affecting a song in the middle (outside the crossfade period). Thanks.

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