Playback wont play until I update audio volume

Any video playback just loads indefinitely until I update the audio by changing the volume any amount. Only then does it start to play pretty much immediately.

Hi there, welcome to the forum!
There have been several reports for this issue lately.
Most of them were solved by quitting JamesDSP.
See e.g.

PS: Please always provide the output of your garuda-inxi, as indicated in the topic template.
PS2: If it works, don't forget removing JamesDSP from autostart or remove it altogether