Tidal lag for about 25 seconds when I start a new track, album, or playlist

  • 20 October 2020
  • 2 replies

I have two music streaming services, Tidal (lossless) and Deezer hifi.  I have 5 speakers in a group.  Deezer works perfect (and has for years), but I just aquired Tidal and when I start playing anything it plays on the Play1’s fine, but I get a 25 second lag until the sub and symphonic speakers kick in.  Every time, it’s super annoying. I’m using S2.  Any ideas?

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It sounds like a local wireless network problem. Presumably you’re streaming using the Sonos controller. Both services stream in FLAC, so two possibilities immediately spring to mind:

  • Deezer could have a better buffering strategy
  • the files from Tidal could be MQA, and hence contain excess bit depth that’s fatally stressing the available local bandwidth

If you can’t troubleshoot it yourself then submit a system diagnostic and post the number.

Thanks for your reply.  Good idea I will submit it.