Pre-filling the player buffer
The Streamit player (Lisa or SIR) has a buffer to handle problems that may occur in the connection with the streaming server.
This buffer, of course, needs to be filled. This happens for a short period before playing starts. However, in that short period the buffer is not completely filled. Filling continues during playback.
The internet connection may be interrupted when the buffer is not completely filled. If that happens, the player will be out of music to play (buffer empty) faster than if the buffer was completely filled. If the buffer runs out, an interruption will be audible.
It would be helpful to fill the buffer quickly before playback starts. This is possible by configuring a ‘burst’ on the streaming server. A streaming server for which ‘burst’ has been configured, will send more audio data at the start, to quickly fill the buffer of the player.
Note that the buffer on the streaming server itself needs to be sufficiently large to handle players that start lagging behind because of network connection issues.
Details on setting the burst and the server-side buffer on the streaming server can be found in the documentation of your streaming server, or consult your streaming service provider.