Hi to all, having read most of the forum entries on Roonification of legacy streamers, I am trying a Sonore UPNP bridge from SGC for my NDS. No problem with basic setup, software updates, discovery etc. The issue is tracks skipping (the whole time, not just occasionally). I have tried to isolate a few things and I think the issue is anything over 44.1kHz red book. So any 24/96 or higher from my own library and anything from Tidal Masters. Once the skipping starts I have also had it happen to red book files as well. I’m not overloading it by rapid button presses or lots of DSP - as soon as I try hi-res, skipping starts immediately. I can get anything from continuous skipping through tracks on the playlist, up to about 30 seconds of playback before it skips.
Roon works perfectly on my other endpoints up to 24/96 so I don’t think it is a Core issue. Set up as follows:
Netgear unmanaged switch connected to:
Win 10 PC running Roon core
QNAP NAS for local files
Cat 5 running underfloor to Music Room:
Cisco 2960 switch:
Bridge settings used: Max sample rates tried from None right up to 384kHz and Format both WAV & LPCM (I found LPCM was just delivering noise, although in your documentation it does indicate this should work with Naims 1st generation streamers). I will add that I have not tried any DSD files, just working with FLAC for now.
To isolate the issue I have also configured the Bridge to send the stream to my Kitchen MUSO (thus taking the CISCO 2960 and NDS out of the equation). Exactly the same behaviour.
Also re-starting Bridge and / or Roon in between trying every variable seems to make no difference.
Finally I have focussed on Roon settings – it seems that in the advanced device settings for a Squeezebox device, Roon offers me 3 choices 48/96/192kHz max. With 96 and 192 it will skip every time. Only when I set it to max 48 does the skipping stop. I found that at 48kHz, I can make changes in Roon like adding DSP without needing to restart anything, but as soon as I go to a higher sample rate, it doesn’t work. Have also tried with FLAC compression ticked and unticked. I will add that I pause playback in between any of these changes, I’m not trying to stress test the bridge.
I’m fast running out of ideas, but I think there are many satisfied Naim users out there, any thoughts would be appreciated!