Tidal playback hangs after resume [with workaround] - Roon 1.8 build 783 macOS


I’m currently playing with trial roon version before bying dedicated hardware and permanent license. I’m experimenting with Mac and Win version, but thinking of NUC and ROCK as a target configuration.
Overall impression is very good including usability, features and sound. The only doubt is about quality and stability of the product. Sometimes it’s minor glitches that go away after roon restart, but sometimes it takes more time to get rid of. Following is a description of one case I faced with on Mac, with workaround.

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

MacBook Air 2020 M1 / macOS BugSur 11.2.3 / Roon 1.8 build 783

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

  1. TP-Link Archer AX90, 2. D-Link DIR-300.

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

  1. Cary DMS-600, Ethernet. 2. MacBook system audio.

Description Of Issue

On Mac, after pausing Tidal tracks and waiting for 10-15 seconds I cannot resume playback quickly. After pressing “play” it takes up to one minute before it starts to play. As it seems to me, the problem appeared out of the blue. The only thing I did: logged out from Tidal on Win laptop, switched back to Mac and deauthorized Win laptop.

I tried to:

  • relogin to Tidal
  • reboot everything
  • strip down roon configuration turning off DSP, upsamping, roon radio, lyrics and album info
  • switch from network player to Mac speakers
  • switch from Ethernet to WiFi and back
  • replace router
  • completely uninstall roon and install it again from scratch

No effect. The problem still persisted. Resource monitor in OS shows no significant CPU load or heavy network traffic but roon keeps silence. Then after a long pause it starts to play by itself. At the same time Tidal played perfectly on the network player (it has it’s own Tidal support) and on the laptop via Tidal web app, both of them connected to the same network.


At that point my wife came to a rescue. Try to play local file, not Tidal, she said. I followed her advice (as I always do). Local file played with no hangs after resume, as expected. But it also solved the initial problem with Tidal. Just after playing back local file I tried Tidal again, and could not reproduce the problem. Gosh, how it can be!


At the moment everything seems to be OK. At least, I have workaround. And my wife once again confirmed that she is my best support. But I think it’s a good idea to report this issue also to Roon Support because I hope it may help the developers in future bugfixing.


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Hey @Alexander_Klepinin,

A 14-days late welcome to the Roon community :wave:

It’s really great to see how seriously you are approaching the exploration of a new product, like Roon. I’m very happy you’ve given it a try and that, in the meantime, you’ve decided to join us as a subscriber. Thank you for your trust and support!**

Talking about support, this is important: we are sorry for not replying sooner. It’s not from lack of wanting or trying. On the contrary, all we’ve been doing is replying to our users. It is taking us longer than normal, since the volume has increased considerably in the past weeks. We are working on that.

We appreciate your detailed report and the positive and hilarious (I followed my wife’s advice, as I always do :joy: ) way you chose to deliver it.

Has this behavior happened again? Can we help with this?

Hey @beka ,

I switched from Mac to ROCK just after that case. Since then it hasn’t happened yet. Surely it doesn’t mean it’s a platform-related issue, but there’s a glimmer of hope.

After a short doubt (and yes, consultations with my wife) we bought a lifetime subscription.

Being a software engineer myself, I fully understand what a hard work is to maintain robustness of the app while providing top-notch functionality. I hope for a succesful future for Roon Labs.

Cheers and good luck to your team,

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