My setup is as follows:
MacMini running High Sierra wired to a gigabit switch which connects directly to my router (Netgear Nighthawk X8). The switch goes to a wired Bluesound Node 2, for which I’ve never had any issues.
Previously upstairs from my router I’ve had Sonos Connect Amps, for which I’ve had only extremely rare connectivity issues. These were used over Wi-Fi with no Sonos device wired (ie. not using SonosNet). I would often get issues when grouping multiple Sonos Zones in Roon, which worked completely fine when using Sonos rather than Roon.
I’ve since bought new amps for upstairs (Peachtree Nova 150 and Nuprime IDA-8) and instead of using Sonos, upgraded to Bluesound Node 2 at both locations in hopes of playing high res files upstairs as well. In one room I previously used a Sonos connect with the Peachtree with no issues.
Since upgrading to Bluesound, I’ve had very frequent drop outs and issues. There are times where it works completely fine and plays both hi res and regular files without issue and other times where I can’t even stream mp3 quality.
I’ve tried limiting output in Roon to CD quality and it doesn’t seem to make a difference. When I check my connection status in blue sound under diagnostics it typically always says Good to Excellent, although there are rare times when I go to blue sound app and all wireless node 2 have dropped from network.
- Dropouts during the song that skips to the next track, but then have inability to play next song until I either: group the blue sound to another blue sound zone or unplug and replug the power to the blue sound. Grouping to another zone instantly fixes issue (and then I just ungroup them).
- Dropouts and then skipping through entire album and saying nothing in que.
- Player disappearing from roon, requiring either waiting a while for it to come back or unplugging and replugging power.
I never had these issues using Sonos. I also use Plex on my phone and have never had issues ever streaming hi-res files to my phone when using a usb dac and headphones (literally zero dropouts no matter where I am in the home, although I’m guessing my phone more often connects to the 5ghz band while blue sound is limited to 2.4 ghz).
My Mac, Router and Bluesound are all updated to most recent software/firmware.
My guess is that Bluesound is far less reliable over Wi-Fi than Sonos, but that there may also be an issue with Roon being unable to just restart playback after a drop out. When I would get the rare Sonos hiccup it would just stutter and then pop back to playing.
Any help suggestions would be greatly appreciated.