Looking at upgrading my digital, and thinking of changing the streamer that feeds my DS Dac.
But given the Dacs FPGA, fact that it “ignores” the incoming clock, does all its upsampling…etc…will a different external streamer really make a difference with the DS?
Guess I’m asking on experience from those who have tried different streaming solutions into their Directstream, DOES the choice of streaming front end make a worthwhile difference with our favourite Dac?
I started off streaming from a Bridge II card, which I found I didn’t like as much as my current modded Oppo 203 connected over an I2s connection.
Can’t play DSD from Roon with it, or MQA so looking to change this for long term future proofing.
The Octave is a while away so looking primarily at the dCS Network Bridge.
But really, with the Directstream, will the choice of EXTERNAL streamer make enough of a difference with Directstream to warrant the cost, given it will hook up over AES from the dCS Bridge, and not i2s from the Oppo.
Ultimately a demonstration comparison at my local dCS dealer will decide, but wanted to glean some wisdom and personal experience from us DirectStream users too if I can.