New to Roon - Since Early December. I have found the information contained within these forums is fabulous and has allowed me to progress with my Roon system. My thanks to all of the contributors for their time and efforts in these Forums.
Please allow me to explain my progression and finally the addition of a Ropieee end point.
My initial setup was -
MacMIni (Roon Server) --> gd-Audio DI0214 USB to IS2 --> gd-Audio Master 7 DAC --> 300b Preamp --> 300b MonoBlock Amps --> zu-Audio speakers(main listening area)
I use iPhone’s and iPad’s for Roon Control.
This install went perfectly, tested for a while, feel in love with Roon, completed music library load, signed up for Qobuz, dropped Apple iTunes streaming, ended trial period with Roon and paid my annual fee to Roon.
Added a pair of Sonos One (paired for stereo) connected via Sonos Streaming(separate listening area). This install also went perfectly, resulting in my desire to add reset of my listening areas to Roon.
As a precursor to my expansion of listening areas to Roon, I modified my setup to include a Roon Bridge as follows -
MacMIni (Roon Server) --> MacMini (Roon Bridge) --> gd-Audio DI0214 USB to IS2 --> gd-Audio Master 7 DAC --> 300b Preamp --> 300b MonoBlock Amps --> zu-Audio speakers(main listening area)
Roon Server is connected to home wireless network provided by Amplifi HD Wifi router --> ATT Uverse router running in IP pass thru mode. BTW Good solid connection via wireless to Roon Server. Roon Server and Roon Bridge are connected via ethernet cable. Roon Bridge using NOT using wireless.
This new implementation worked great and ran for several weeks without a single issue. At this point, I decided I wanted to reduce the equipment, specifically I wanted to drop the MacMini as a Roon Bridge and replace with something a bit smaller, more economical, etc. My research on these great forums led me the Raspberry PI and Ropieee. I decided to build a Ropieee Bridge with a HifiBerry digi+ Pro and I would replace the MacMini Bridge and the gd-Audio DI-2104 for use elsewhere.
Raspberry Pi 3b+, HifiBerry Digi+ Pro HAT ordered. while awaiting these items to arrive, I modified my current Roon Bridge setuo toi be as follows -
MacMIni (Roon Server) --> MacMini (Roon Bridge) using s/pdif output(optical) --> gd-Audio Master 7 DAC --> 300b Preamp --> 300b MonoBlock Amps --> zu-Audio speakers(main listening area).
I ran this for about 5 days, no errors, sound quality was equally good as previous. Flawless to my tastes.
My Raspberry equipment showed. Using Ropieee website and the excellent instructions on how to build/setup the RoonBridge using Ropieee – I was up and running as follows within about 2 hours.
MacMIni (Roon Server) --> Raspberry pi 3b+ / Hifi digi+ Pro HAT using s/pdif output(optical) --> gd-Audio Master 7 DAC --> 300b Preamp --> 300b MonoBlock Amps --> zu-Audio speakers(main listening area).
This installation worked great. Leaned how to use the “website” on the Ropieee bridge, setup the auto update and reboot schedule(s), etc. This has worked well.
So sorry for the long post to get to my actual problems. Under this final arrangement, i have had several incidents where my playback seemed to stop being replaced with what I will describe as “test tone” but with a steady stutter as opposed a true test tone. The first time, i just rebooted Ropieee and all was fine.
But this behavior continued to occurs over the coming days. On each event I checked via Roon Control, the music is still streaming, but the audio out is as previously described. A simple restart on Ropieee corrects issue for “hours” of uninterrupted listening. After reading forums for guidance, I did several things on subsequent failures -
Reflashed Ropieee on new sdcard, same results appears hours into listening
Next I noted music playing looking for pattern of streaming music on failure or was I playing local music, no pattern over those days of failure.
Check temperature of RoonBridge using Ropieee web page immediately after Ropieee restart. The temperature seems high to me but appears within Spec of Raspberry hardware — 61-65 c
In the end, there does not seem to be a pattern for reproducing or pattern that I can point to that leads to the failure. I did search the forums for like behavior and can’t find any.
Really love how Ropieee is put together, its ease of use, config, and low impact foot print. I also cannot tell any difference in sound quality compared to my previous setups building to Ropieee bridge install.
Ideas appreciated. Thanks in advance.