Pops and cracks in Bluesound Node2i

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

MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010), 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7, 8 GB 1067 MHz DDR3, SSD 250 GB
MacOS 10.13.6
Roon version 1.7 (build 571)

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

Bluesound Node 2i ethernet cable to TP-Link AC1750, WiFi to other Flex 2i, 500Mbs internet line

Audio Devices (Specify what device you’re using and its connection type - USB/HDMI/etc.)

Bluesound Node 2i into integrated amp, 2 x Bluesound Flex 2i

Description Of Issue

I am in the trial period of Roon and I am very pleased with the UI and the integration of my small local library and my Tidal account. Unfortunately the way I organize my favourites in BlueOs/Tidal app is not kept in Roon - date of release or date of added to collection.

But the problem is that I hear pops and cracks when I play Tidal through Roon to my Node 2i and into my main rig.
I like the quality of the sound but the pops are a real nuisance and they come and go. Last night I spent some 2 hours listening to music with Roon, and at one point I had to use BlueOS, because the pops were often and frustrating. Like every 20 seconds or so.
Now I am listening while I write the message and is fine. Erratic problem.

I plan to upgrade the core to a dedicate NUC in the future and commit to Roon but this pops are a serious issue.

Please advice.

Hi @Vlad_Dumitrescu,

How is the Core connected to the network in this case, are you using WiFi or Ethernet? Any change in behavior if you use Ethernet if currently on WiFi?

Do the pops occur on the Flex as well or just on the Node 2i?

Does the issue only occur when playing certain types of content such as MQA or 192kHz+ tracks? Is there any pattern to the behavior?

Core is connected via wifi - strong connection 54db.

Pops in Node only but I seldom listen to Flex.

Could not see a pattern but I was playing a mix of MQA and 44.1/16, could not replicate the pops again. Strange.

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Hi @Vlad_Dumitrescu,

I wanted to check in with you here - have the pops returned after your last message or is the system still working as expected?

All good. No pops.

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That’s great news @Vlad_Dumitrescu!
Do let us know if you have any other Roon issues!

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