I’m not sure if I’m placing this post properly. Elk, feel free to move it to the appropriate place.
At this point, I’m trying to figure out if my system could use the Bridge II in my DirectStream DAC, or if it would be superfluous for my situation. There’s no doubt that I’m committed to the DS as my favorite DAC, so why not pour more money into it to see what comes out?
My knowledge of this is minimal, so I’d like it if someone could explain the pros and cons in an easy-to-understand fashion for me.
My system chain is in the signature below. I have one main system in the living room – that’s it. I have no need to distribute music to any other location. This is where we do our listening.
I run either PureMusic/iTunes (my best sound) on my main library, stored on a 4TB FW800 external drive, or I switch to Roon Core/HQPlayer on the Mac Mini to take advantage of Roon and Tidal integration. (Not the best sound, so far, but much greater variety.) Data from the Mac Mini goes through the LANRover to USB-in on the DirectStream. I’ve not gone with an NAS because a) I don’t need distribution, and b) it seems tricky and complicated to me.
Of note is that my WiFi router (Apple) is located in another room. I doubt that I can easily move it into the living room, and running ethernet cables from one room to the other would not be trivial, but could be a possibility if the advantages were clear enough.
So, what I seem to think is that the Bridge II would have a sonic advantage in that I could run ethernet directly from the Mac Mini to the Bridge II, correct? Cover art on the DS is not a big thing for me since I run the stack ‘dark.’
I’m not clear on how going with an NAS or running ethernet directly from the router would be any advantage.
Disadvantages are the cost and complexity, especially if the sonic benefits are not mind-blowing.
So, can anybody help me to weave my way through to a decision, based on my rather simple setup?