Onkyo TX-RZ720 - trouble streaming AAC audio
I'm streaming Frisky Radio via TuneIn on my Onkyo TX-RZ720. The Onkyo connects to TuneIn via the device code, not username/password. In the past this stream has worked without issue. Recently though it started to pause at random times for a period of time. This period is generally small, a few seconds, but could be longer. There could be a few of these pauses in a short period of time and then uninterrupted steaming for a much longer period of time, before the next pause. It just seems to be random.
Nothing about my setup has changed between the time that streaming was perfect to the start of the intermittent streaming pauses. In trying to understand where and why this is happening, I have:
- Tested using a wired LAN cable to eliminate WiFi issues - no difference.
- Removed this device from my TuneIn account and re-added it back - no difference.
- Updated from the previous firmware version to the newest - the pausing issues was/is present on both firmware versions.
- Tried the other streams for this radio service - switching from AAC (the default) to MP3 makes the issue go away.
This last point is the only way I can fix it. It's a little annoying since I have to manually switch to MP3 every time I start the stream, since AAC is the default. I've checked a few other stations but they only have MP3 sources, so I'm unable to reproduce this elsewhere. The web browser streaming also has no pauses, but I'm unsure what format this is, and don't seem to have the option to change streaming formats.
I don't know why this radio station used to work fine. It could be that the MP3 stream used to be the default, and it got changed to default to AAC. Or maybe AAC has been recently added? I didn't note the stream format when I had no issues as there was no need to pay attention to such details.
I can only think that the Onkyo TX-RZ720 has issues with correct playback of AAC streaming. Is this a known issue? Could it be something else? I can't think of what else it could be.