This remains a problem for me, even with the update to Roon 1.7.
iMac running OS 10.13.6 Core
PS Audio Direct Stream DAC with Network Bridge
Mac has direct ethernet correction to my Xfinity Gateway (router)
Two TP Link powerline adapters (because the DAC needs an ethernet connection and is in a separate room from the router).
Everything is slow especially Search and then loading an album chosen via Search. Especially slow is opening Roon to begin with. I normally do not close Roon on my iMac Core, but occasionally feel the need to refresh either Roon or the iMac itself. Restarting Roon is then very slow – 4-5 minutes.
Even once Roon opens it can take an additional 3-4 minutes for Roon to recognize my PS Audio as a Roon device.
The deterioration in speed has occurred with no change in any of my equipment. I did change the Gateway (router) recently – in fact I thought that improved things – but after the improvement there has since been deterioration.
For awhile after installing Roon 1.7 I was experiencing more dropouts or the music just stopping. That seems to have gotten better in the past two weeks.
The basis of a new thread is to get all the system setup info etc. a non ssd for the database/boot drive is a concern to note…otherwise your 21.5” (Correction needed) should be more than adequate unless your library is huge.
Internal DNS settings might be worth posting and also noting that power line Ethernet is often a red flag too. Your new router could have some different network settings that the possibly impacting discovery of other devices on the network.
The Tidal files are not. However, when you add a album from Tidal to your library, Roon downloads the meta-data the same as if the files were local. So, as your Tidal library grows it has the same impact as if the music was local on Roon’s database. Which is why the SSD is suggested.
I’d second (or third) the recommendation to get a SSD installed in your iMac. It’s not that hard and companies like crucial.com give very good directions. Or as @wizardofoz suggests, most mac or pc fix it shops will do this for you. That’s the single biggest thing you can do to improve performance and you need to tackle this.
I’ve looked into the suggestion you and @wizardofoz made and would like to do it.
But…the wait time is long. At least one week and maybe two. So here is an additional question: Is there any way I can keep Roon running while my iMac is in the shop? I own a Sonore Micro-Rendu. (I am assuming the answer is no but thought I’d ask.)
You have a laptop or another desktop pc and a disk that can be accessed with your music? If so yes… Install roon core on it, re-log into roon and it will take the license from your iMac, load a roon backup from your iMac and you’ll be running while your iMac is being upgraded. Or pay the dudes at the pc shop a premium to do it overnight. Money talks…
I would gladly pay the premium but I’m not sure that will be accepted. Any “PC shop” won’t do. I would not trust my Mac to someone who is not reliably certified to work on Apple equipment.
But…of course we do have another iMac. My wife has one in her photo studio which is in a separate building at least 100 feet from our Gateway/Router. That iMac is on our home wireless network so perhaps that could work? (Apologies for my ignorance about all of this.)
Can you explain further what you mean by…“Install Roon core on it…”?
Are you saying that once I do that and it recognizes the Roon license (or I transfer it somehow) then the second iMac will automatically “load a Roon backup…and you’ll be running”? Or do I somehow need to “load a Roon backup” to the second iMac myself?
And this entire process can be reversed with the license moved back to my rebuilt iMac after I get it back from the shop?
Buy n new Mac and set it up … maybe even restore a time machine backup, but you will not be able to roon with the time machine backup …Kyle will need to u install roon and then reinstall and restore from a roon specific backup…
While your old iMac is being upgraded by Apple, use the new one, the. You have the option to return the new one once your old iMac is done…must be done within 14 days and only from an apple bricks and mortar shop or ordered online at Apple. a little bit of a cheeky way but we pay Apple a lot of money for their systems. I have done this with watches and iPads over the years, and might do it for my wife’s MacBook pro as her track pad had a latte down it and she needs it repaired while still having the same capabilites