I’m using Tidal for 99% of music listening. When streaming directly with Volumio (which is integrated in the minidsp SHD) the sound is awesome, very clean, very defined, just a pure pleasure (thanks to Dirac). But I’m not happy with Volumio, since sometimes playback just stops (no, no networking problem) and Tidal sorting of albums doesn’t work correctly for me. Since I was always keeping an eye open for Roon, I got myself an Intel NUC8i7 with Roon and connected it via USB to the SHD with the provided USB cable by miniDSP (with the same Dirac filters of course).
But the sound just isn’t the same as over ethernet and Volumio, it’s narrower and the bass is a little less precise and more boomy. Still good but over ethernet it is clearly better.
So my question is, what can I do, to achieve the same result with my NUC via USB as with the SHD and ethernet? Better Power supply for the NUC? Wait for the SHD to become RoonReady and stream via ethernet?
Thanks a lot in advance!