Check your buffer settings for JRiver... test with them set to minimum as they may be fighting each other. I've had the issue before with wasapi, seemed hardware buffer linked
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I have experienced exactly the same phenomenon you described (just effects are minor). I think that Davide256 is correct in that wasapi seemed hardware buffer link.
I solve this problem and improved sound quality by using ASIO and not wasapi or wasapi special.
In addition, FLAC sonically is bad format and will increase all artifacts too. why not to use WAV ? if everything else is set up correctly you will hear immidiately big difference bewteen two formats ( I use powerful computer also)
See my post here, which describes a fix that I suspect stands a good chance of being applicable. That solution did in fact solve the tics/pops/skipping problem the OP in that thread had, with a Windows 7 laptop playing audio via USB.
" FLAC is not a bad format. It's just 1's and 0's."
When did I hear identical argument????
Oh in 1982 when CD Players were introduced...
People must go more frequntly to acoustic concerts and/or wash with soap their ears so they will know what they HEAR not what they read in smart manuals.
" Don't blame the format if your computer cannot handle it.
Should I comment? Did I disclose to anyone (except Alex Peychev of APL HiFi) my computer? Nope! I will be silent like a fish!
Just tried to help OP - I had identical problem, solved it and explained how. Also not good; somehow stepped on some egos.....Brrrrr
Oh, if someone wants to use lossless compressed format then APE is much better sonically then FLAC. Particulalry with hi-rez (e.g. 24/176.4) files. The 16/44.1 is really not a challange today
There's no technical reason why your choice of software and formats can't work properly when you get the setup configuration worked out.
Follow Al's suggestions. Also download and use this tool to test for other system interrupts that can be inducing latency issues.