I'm routing my Windows system audio through my AudioFuse and when watching (for instance) a YouTube video and in the same time working in any of my DAWs, the sound can suddenly drop and the video stops playing.
I can't recall whether I had win10 youtube vs DAW occasional soundcard hangs when I was using the Firewire Focusrite Pro24. I think maybe it sometimes happened but it was a year ago and that brain cell already died.
For the last year been using Behringer XR18 digital mixer as audio interface. I'm quite happy with the mixer sound quality and features and also the audio interface sound quality. Maybe a lower-latency interface could be found but I get by fine with the XR18 and switching to the digital mixer with built-in interface allowed me to get rid of massive amounts of spaghetti, snakes, and patch bay points that were needed to wire the previous analog mixer to the Pro24. And getting rid of all that spaghetti I think reduced likelihood of low-level hums and noise as well, all those snakes between the analog mixer, patch bays and the Pro24. And gives fancier EQ on every mixer channel, fairly nice compressor/gate on each channel as needed, etc.
Anyway, apologies drifting off topic-- Just wanted to say I do occasionally get XR18 Win10 hangs switching between DAW or Stereo Editor programs vs playback in Firefox Youtube or sometimes consumer Media Player apps.
I will leave the computer running for days and I would usually get such program-switching audio hangups after the computer had been up for awhile running both FIrefox and the DAW for days. Running media players and youtube on the Windows sound part of the driver and running DAW or stereo editor on ASIO. But the computer will put up with it for days before audio misbehaving.
I suspect this has started happening more the fault of windows 10 than the fault of the audio interface or drivers but dunno. I virtually always run DAW and Stereo Editor 44.1k 24 bit ASIO, and sometimes modern Win10 consumer sound apps I've noticed them trying to run at 96k either 16 or 24 bit, or other weird settings. The win10 sound system is supposed to automatically resample all disagreeing apps into whatever the soundcard runs at (except of course ASIO which bypasses win10 sound manager or whatever they call it nowadays).
I think this radical disagreement about samplerate and possibly bitdepth is what occasionally throws a crowbar in the audio gears switching between DAW and consumer audio programs.
HOWEVER, I DID FIND A WORKAROUND which for several weeks seems to have banished the occasional audio hangs-- And it is very simple-- When I want to use the DAW I first always MINIMIZE the browser and any other consumer audio apps that might be running, and then click the DAW in the taskbar to make its windows visible.
Similarly, when I want to use the browser audio or other consumer audio apps, I almays MINIMIZE the DAW before making the browser or the consumer audio app visible.
Maybe it isn't really a solid fix but it has seemed to work for several weeks. Minimizing an app lets the app ASIO handler or windows sound handlers free up some resources/connections, so that the minimized app is less likely to fight another app for control when you bring the other app to the foreground.