I guess I should elaborate.
I picked up an ifi Zen Stream to be able to play Roon direct to my SGCD via USB. When I try and play the files via USB connection, Roon just skips the songs. Heck, even non-DSD playback via USB is a no-go too-same behavior. I PROBABLY should have anticipated this given that the Zen seems to be a fancy Raspberry Pi sort of deal and my experience with these types of things via USB never worked. The only reliable USB connection I get appears to be an iPad or iPhone through the USB dongle. Given that the Zen and an iPad cost about the same, maybe I should just return it and get another iPad and leave it hooked up. I dunno.
I guess the root of my frustration is that with streaming digital, there are too many practical
variables to be able to reasonably troubleshoot. Is it the SGCD? The Zen? Or is it Roon? My USB cable? The Audioquest Jitterbug? A networking glitch? I’m not a babe in the woods on tech, but when you have so many variations, from so many different vendors, it becomes troublesome to nail down what’s going on. Because it’s always someone else’s fault. I mean, the iPad via dongle works, so it probably isn’t the SGCD. Or Roon. I dunno. Maybe I’m just being impatient. But damned if my records don’t play the same way every time. Same with my CDs.
Maybe I’ll just go back to playing CDs. They work every time.