Primary Core Machine #1: macOS Monterey 12.0.1/Roon 1.8 Build 831 - Mac mini 2014/2.6 Ghz Intel Core i5/8 GB RAM/500 GB SSD
Test Core Machine #2: macOS Big Sur 11.6/Roon 1.8 Build 831 - Mac mini 2018/3.0 Ghz Intel Core i5/64 GB RAM/500 GB SSD
Test Core Machine #3: Windows 10 Professional/Roon 1.8 Build 831 - HP Z2 Mini G3/3.4 GHz Intel Core i7/16 GB RAM/256 GB SSD
All CAT6 ethernet connections: xfinity Cable Modem Apple Airport Extreme 802.11 ac (6th Generation)/tp-Link TL-SG105 unmanaged 5-port Gigabit switch/ethernet to computers.
Speedtest results on all computers typically about 300 Mps download/10 Mps upload 20ms latency.
KEF LS50 Wireless via USB, Optical and wired Ethernet / Audioengine DAC-1 USB / Airport Express A1264 wired Ethernet
1700 Albums/24,000 Tracks – Local storage and Tidal HiFi Plus
Playback Issues with both Mac computers #1 and #2:
When attempting to play an album using the big primary ‘Play now’ button, a long delay is typical. Sometimes get the “Tidal Media is loading slowly” message. After a long delay, plays the first 15-20 seconds of a track, then skips to next track on album. After one or two more tracks, playback freezes… “Playback was interrupted because a track failed to load”. A minute later, playback of the next track begins for a few seconds, then stops with “Tidal Media is loading slowly” message again.
Clicking on individual tracks, sometimes selecting ‘Play now’ from the dropdown works to play that track immediately, sometimes the track doesn’t play. Selecting ‘Play from here’ usually does not work.
This behavior occurs during playback of FLAC and MQA files from Tidal almost all the time. On rare occasion, playback works normally for an album or two, then the issues begin again.
There are never any playback issues (as described above) for albums and tracks from the local storage library on either Mac computer.
Search and Display Issues with both Mac computers #1 and #2:
Most of the time, issues with slow searching functions… search terms don’t autocomplete while typing in, if finished typing and hit enter, long waiting while Roon symbol pulses.
On artist pages, slow loading of OVERVIEW and DISCOGRAPHY tab contents.
On rare occasion, these search and display functions behave normally and reasonably quick.
None of these issues exist on the Windows computer #3:
Playback and search/display functions are always solid and fast, with no delays or degraded performance. Since all three computers are connected to the same 5-port switch via ethernet, I think this would rule out a network hardware problem.
I’ve been using Roon for a couple of years on Mac mini 2018 (computer #2) with no issues on Build 814. Issues started on that machine with Build 831. I acquired the Mac mini 2014 (computer #1) as a dedicated Roon core, only have had Build 831 installed on that one.
Please let me know if you need any additional information, thanks!