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In Reply to: RE: Minimum Broadband Speed Necessary For Uninterrupted Qobuz and/or Tidal Listening? posted by StevieRay on April 06, 2021 at 13:44:33
" I was also getting dropouts with Qobuz until I adjusted a buffer setting in Qobuz - but I can't remember where to do that!"
Open: My account/Settings/Music Playing/Listening Preferences/Buffer size before playback.
"We need less, but better" - Dieter Rams
... and not a continuous stream like the signal from your turntable cartridge or FM tuner. Now, one hopes that the packets arrive in a steady and consistent manner but that isn't always the case.
I trace-routed the signal from Qobuz to my computer and it took hops through 13 different routers to get here from Europe. Those routers carry a LOT of other traffic besides my signal so it is not unreasonable that there is an occasional pause while a router gets other traffic out of the way before it gets to your next packet.
Obviously there are a lot of factors well outside of your system (and your control.)
The OP's type of problem can usually be solved by adjusting the buffer on your software. It saves up the packets as they arrive and then dispenses them to your player in a steady fashion.
Big buffers can hide big problems, but big buffers (as found in some popular streaming software) hide the user from problems inherent in other areas of their setup - like the network. Disable the big buffers and let the latency, stuttering, and dropouts begin ;-)
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