There’s a sound issue when playing MQA encoded material through Roon to Brige II to a DirectStream (Sr. or Jr.). The initial sounds are truncated - sound is skipped. This happens at the beginning of MQA tracks. And only to the first MQA track played when no other MQA music is playing. If play is not interrupted as the queue moves from one MQA track to the next, the problem will not repeat on subsequent MQA tracks.
I know this is not a RedCloud issue, because I reverted to Yale, and was able to reproduce the problem. The problem occurs with both MQA tracks from Tidal, and with locally stored MQA tracks. Though to my testing, it appears to occur more consistently with material from Tidal, though certainly not exclusively.
The problem appears not to be with Roon, because other DAC vendors - who, like PSA, that required the RAAT API 1.1.21 update to decode MQA material sent from Roon - do not have this problem. And mConnect does not have this problem. That appears to leave the current Bridge II implementation of Roon’s RAAT 1.1.21 as the apparent culprit.
While this problem presents itself with high regularity with other MQA tracks, in the videos linked below I’ve selected one that is consistent and quite audible. That track is Tidal’s “Master” edition of Rhiannon Giddens song Waterboy on her Tomorrow is My Turn album. It’s pretty easy to reproduce if needed. And you’ll likely find the problem also presents frequently when you skip directly to a new MQA track, or to a different spot of a playing MQA track. I have confirmed that other Roon/PSA users have this same problem. It’s not unique to my setup.
Here is a link to a video where you can hear it playing normally, when played through mConnect to Bridge II and a DSJ. And here is what the problem sounds like, when played through Roon to Bridge II and the DSJ.
Would love to hear PSA’s take on the problem.
PS - Apologies if this has been posted elsewhere. If so, I missed it.