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 Post subject: Roon
PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 3:57 am 
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I just cancelled my trial subscription to Roon, after realizing, in my case, subscription would involve more than just the basic fee. I would have had to spend another sizeable sum upgrading my computer equipment. I tried it in server mode only on a Lenovo T510 laptop, running W2012 in core mode. SSD drive, 8GB memory, I5 M529 2.4 ghz processor , Ethernet wired to a new Linksys 1900 router. Endpoints were an Auralic Aries and a Sonore Microrendu. Playback was OK until I switched on any kind of dsp and upsampling. Playback would then stutter and falter intermittently. By all accounts these are symptoms your pc cannot handle the workload. Funny, my little Aries streamer can upsample all the way to 352khz without missing a note. I think Roon is a great piece of software but it needs a lot of horsepower to use to its full potential. I also have a faint suspicion, that the native Auralic Lightning app may sound a little better subjectively. My ears aren’t as great as they used to be for subjective evaluations but with Roon I thought the music was a little less clear than the Lightning. There have been accounts that Roon is sensitive to the PC on which it is hosted. Presumably the overworked cpu is degrading the sound subtly. I will try it again in the future when I’m in the mood to purchase an I7 NUC and run it with the ROCK OS.

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 Post subject: Re: Roon
PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:11 am 
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I also canceled my Roon subscription as well as Tidal even though I did not have a problem with stuttering or buffering. I found that music wasn't as clear as with my Bryston Manic Moose software and Bryston BDP-2. Plus it is free with frequent updates that are easy to install. Hopefully Bryston continues to support the BDP-2.


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 Post subject: Re: Roon
PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:37 am 
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I have never used Roon so don’t know what kind of a resource hog (or not) it is. But one could open Task Manager within Windows to get a general idea. However, it sounds like what you are suffering from is high DPC Latency. Google DPC Latency Checker on how to check and identify where your latency problems are.

Although one could suffer from high latency from ill performing hardware, more processing power is not a guaranteed cure. It could very well be an outdated driver that just needs updating. The below video explains how latency effects audio processing. Even though they are using a Digital Audio Workstation as an example, the process is exactly the same when playing back audio with your media player of choice.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUsLLEkswzE


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