I followed your guidance to check on my cache. In RS150 → TIDAL → My Collection → Setting, the display showed that Enable Cache was turned off. When I pushed the OFF button to ON, the RS150 replied that " To use the cache, You Must set an external storage path where the cache can be saved. Do you want to set this path?" Since I am not using any external storage path, so I answered “cancel” to leave this dialogue box.
Separately, I did some experiment with the Audio Setting → Volume Settings for each source, below is what I found out:
For source TIDAL, I set the volume setting at 0 dB, then I played the track (Linkin Park, Shadow of the Day MQA) at play volume at 50, I header the cracking noise.
For source TIDAL, I then set the volume setting at minus 10 dB, I played the same track (Linkin Park, Shadow of the Day MQA) at play volume at 50, the cracking noise was NOT heard. However, if I pushed the play volume to something like 65 to 70, the cracking noise started to show up.
With this new information, can you think of a resolution? Thanks a lot!