First understand I am only a few days into this Roon product.
My issue is the appearance of periodic static sounds while I am listening to music via Roon. Never heard this prior to installing the product. It is not constant, just a little rift every 15 - 20 seconds. I have the Roon Core installed on a windows 10 PC, connected via ethernet to my router - which is from Xfinity. The balance of gear connects over WiFi. Besides some local digital files (which produce static as well) I use both Tidal and Qobuz.
My primary listening is via a Blusound Node 2i, connected to a Cambridge Audio CXA81 with Klipsch Speakers. These connections are both analog as well as digital and the static is observed over both modes (Node 2i>CXA81 via RCA for true MQA; Node2i>CXA81 via Coax for other).
The static does not seem to be there when I play through a zone with out the Node 2i in the loop such as Desktop>CXA81 via USB Audio.
I have tried multiple electrical reconfigurations for Node2i, Core PC and CXA81. When I use the Node 2i via the Blusound Controller, the sound is flawless. It is only when using the Roon connection that I hear the static.
I am in my 3rd or 4th day of a trial, and if this doesn’t resolve I will have to cancel - which would be a shame as the functionality of Roon is so great.
Started out on a Dell desktop i 5 chip, 12G mem running windows 10. Moved to Laptop which is Dell XPS i 3 chip 8 G mem running windows 10, dedicated to Roon App.
The static seems to be identical on both devices. Would consider a NUC setup, but not interested in investing in that unless I am sure issue would resolve.
I am inclined to think issue is caused by router. Router and service provided by Comcast/Xfinity. The Router plays some role in distributing Both internet and Cable television content.
Router has 4 ethernet connections - my last try I had Core on one and Node 2i on another, but still got static when using Roon - would have thought it was acting primarily as a switch. I have tried to get comcast to provide a separate Internet feed but am told that they cannot.
Yes, that is correct - pretty much just the Node 2i connected to router (headphones connected to Node via 3.5mm on front of node) and the laptop that I have Roon core running on also attached to router. Signal path shown.
Not sure how to factory reset Node, but will figure it out and try.