OK, let me start out by saying that, no, CORRELATION DOES NOT NECESSARILY IMPLY CAUSATION but, hear me out…
All my streaming woes seem to be behind me (apart from regularly having to restart the Naim app to get it to see items in my library). However, I’ve recently made a few changes: first, I swapped out the 1TB HDDs in my Synology NAS for two 2TB SSDs. Second, I had solar PV + battery installed.
One evening, I started listening to some 24-96 files through my ND5 XS, but found that they were stuttering every 7-8 seconds, then 1-2 seconds silence, rinse, repeat. Weird, given that there was no problem playing them from the 1TB HDDs. The SSDs, being much faster, should show no bottle-necking at all, should they…?
So, the next morning, I restarted the router, NAS, etc… no problem, 24-96s play as they should. Later that evening, after sunset (you can see where I’m going with this, can’t you?), I settled down for some more listening: the ‘stuttering’ problem on 24-96s had returned. Restart router / NAS, problem persists. Now, the only common factor I can see with this stuttering is the PV battery: the house was running 100% on battery power during these sessions and that’s when the stuttering occurs with 24-96s. At the moment, the house is running on a mix of PV and grid power, and 24-96s are playing no problem.
The only case I haven’t checked is the house running from a mix of grid and battery, and I may get a chance to do that tonight, because it doesn’t look as though the battery will fully charge today.
16-44s play no problem, no matter the power source. Weird, eh…?