Dylan, in testing things a bit further this evening, here is what I experienced.
Initially I played Roon to my Auralic DAC like I normally do. After several minutes, I experienced several skips and drop outs to the point of album playback completely stopping. I then switched to playing Roon (same recording, same tracks) exclusively to a secondary system in another room which consists of a small wireless Gracenote bluetooth amplifier connected to a pair of B&W speakers. This connection is basically through my Mac System Output. Up to now, after allowing Roon to play for about 45 minutes, I have experienced no skips or dropouts.! Here are a few shots of signal path for both setups, image|375x500, 50%
After listening uninterrupted to the Gracenote/BW system, I switched back to the Auralic set-up and, sure enough, started to experience skipping again.
This would support the notion that the problem is being caused by something affecting the WiFi connection from my Core to my modem or an issue with the connection or signal to the Auralic DAC, correct?
I do not have the ability, at least not at this time, to try connecting my MAC/Roon Core directly to my Auralic DAC via ethernet in order to see if the issue occurs during this set up.
What I am experiencing this evening, due to small sample size of testing, may be purely coincidental, But, if not, then we may be narrowing down on the cause of the problem.
Btw, when Roon is playing it represents about 6-8% of CPU.
Any further recommendations at this time?