Bridge II Burn In?


#1

I read extensively about the DSD Sr. burn in period and now have some first-hand experience. Loving the DSD Sr. Today I installed the Bridge II and at very first blush it sounds a touch more brittle and clinical than the USB direct out of my Mac Air Laptop. Does Bridge II tend to burn in and ‘soften up’?


#2

The bridge probably does need to burn in, but it runs hotter so at least a part of the burn will be a more normal length (say, 50-100 hours with signal.) The path thru the FPGA from the bridge input to the shared buffering and signal processing will take longer, but I doubt anyone could hear that change in a blind test. Brittle can be a sign of RFI infiltration, you might try moving your network cable away from the usual suspects. Also when I had my NAS 6’ away from my (open) DS the sound was much worse than having it in the next room.


#3

Thanks, Ted. I bought my DSD used with low hours so I suspect there may be some burn-in interplay with the DSD itself and the bridge II.

It is part of the fun, but the deeper I go down the hifi hole the more variables I find which makes it tough to isolate things, ie., is it the cable, the dac, the placement, the power supply, the preamp, the burn-in etc. :slight_smile: