The plot thickens:
Originally Posted by Wendell R. Breland
Have you tried hardwired rather than WiFi? In case you did not know, an adapter will be needed for a hardwired connection as seen here
My "ethernet adapter" arrived today. I'm disappointed to report that this did not fix my problem.
24/96 files still dropout at this one installation (my basement AVR), with or without the ethernet.
The other 3 installations continue to not have dropout problems with 24/96 files over Wifi.
I'm able to plug a different (5th, currently not-in-use spare purchased for $15 this holiday season before Google officially pulled the plug) CCA in and get the same result down here in the basement.
I can then stop playback and flip to a 24/44.1 file and it will play back without dropout, on either the regular ("basement CCA") or the spare CCA.
I'm going to plug the spare in on my main living room rig and try that next... the only thing I can think of now is power quality
...? I'm not sure that makes sense, but I'm desperate/reaching at straws now... I do have a lot of gear plugged into this one belkin power strip down here... nothing else seems to be misbehaving/acting as if I'm having some sort of problem with this, but I suppose one device might have to be the most finicky/sensitive, and maybe a CCA happens to be the most sensitive device on the strip? Still, doesn't make much sense to me that all of my other content/use-case (24/44.1 flac purchases, 16/44.1 FLAC rips, 320 kbps MP3 rips, 256 kbps VBR MP3 purchases, and Google Play Music "streaming") works-without-dropout, *only* the 24/96 causes me problems, and the problem is somehow A/C power and not data related...
I can "mess up a good thing" by disconnecting a well-functioning CCA (the one in my Living Room, for example).
My Living Room CCA was working pretty flawlessly for 24/96.
I unplugged it and put my spare in, and suffered the same dropouts I am experiencing in the basement.
I unplugged the spare and put my main Living Room CCA back in and had all dropout problems.
I disconnected it and reconnected it and disconnected it and reconnected it and over-and-over-and-over and had dropout problems.
Finally, on the last attempt here, the dropout problems *appear* to have gone away.
Working theory: how the miniTOSLINK connector is in contact with the CCA seems to really matter? Also doesn't make much sense to me for a digital signal like this (typically go/no-go)... but that's what I just experienced. A quick unplug and replug makes a piece of equipment that wasn't dropping out drop-out, and only after number unplugs and replugs do I get a good firm connection and the problem goes away again. "Good as new."
Originally Posted by Badgertastic
I have the issue. Did you check to see if the CCA with the issue is on different firmware release from others?
Originally Posted by Badgertastic
I’ve tried Ethernet adapter. Didn’t fix issue for me. Also tried different optical cables.
Pull the optical cable out, and watch the red light coming from CCA.. you’ll see it blink v.briefly - causing the dropout.
Users in other forums are saying there’s were working fine until a firmware update introduced the issue. Some issues date back 6 months.
I also have dropout when using analog connection too.
I checked the firmware details within the Home app; all 5 of my CCAs are on the same firmware (1.36.141215). The problem/dropouts with 24/96 content are only happening to me in this one location (in the basement, a few feet from my router, with or without the ethernet adapter), appear to occur whether I:
- Switch the CCA out for a different one
- Switch the Optical cable out for a different one (from Blue Jeans Cable, fwiw)
- Switch the mini-toslink-adapter out for a different one (also from Blue Jeans Cable)
The only thing that I haven't tried to flip out yet, involved in this chain/system, that I can think of, is the power strip....?