When using my Node 2i with Roon, there is a very brief truncation at the start of playback. This occurs with the start of album playback (first track) or if you skip around to other tracks.
The Node 2i "misses" the first 1/4 - 1/2 second of the song.
You can really hear it with Tool’s new album, using the title track at the start. The bell/cymbal strike at the start of the track is truncated at the start - very noticeable.
To verify this is a Node 2i problem, I switched to my Bryston BDP-1 in Roon mode. No truncation with the BDP-1, so it’s not a file corruption problem nor is it a Wi-Fi problem - I also setup the Node 2i through the same wireless bridge with no change.
Finally, I dug out some RCA interconnects and tried the analog output from the Node 2i - same truncation as with the coax digital output.
So, it’s clearly a software problem on the Node 2i and it seems to be ONLY with Roon. I can add the same tracks to a NAS library, play back the same songs and there is NO truncation at the start.
For what it's worth, there are a number of people encountering the same issue and reporting this on the Roon Community forum with Bluesound 2i devices - both via Ethernet and Wi-Fi.
Again, to reproduce, listen to "Fear Inoculum" by Tool and play the first track (same name) both via Roon and then as part of a Bluesound library. You will hear it plainly at the start of playback.
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