Direct Stream/Bridge II/ Mac Mini Problem


#1

I have a Direct Stream with a Bridge II that was just back in Boulder because the DAC would not hold the IP address after it was assigned. Dave and company could not find a problem.

Since I got it back I have been able to assign whatever IP address I set up on the DAC but cannot get it to play music. Only the internal speaker of the Mac Mini plays. I have tried both crossover and straight Ethernet cables with no change. I use Amarra which does use iTunes to work. I tried just iTunes alone and still no luck. I did read in another post that iTunes will not work with the Bridge to output signal.

I will not change from Amarra to another program. Is this a problem without a solution and should I just ask for my money back on the Bridge II?


#2

Have you tried another input on the Direct Stream to make certain it works?

If iTunes in fact will not stream over Ethernet, only USB and optical - and you refuse to change software - you may indeed be stuck.


#3

Thanks, Elk. Yes, USB works. If that is the case where the Bridge won’t work then PS probably should have the dealers qualify the buyer’s situation to see if a Bridge won’t be a waste of time.

I will call PS tomorrow to confirm if no further responses come in.


#4

If iTunes will not stream over Ethernet, this is not a Bridge problem but a limitation of iTunes. If my understanding is correct - it may not be, I do not use Apple products - then you will need to switch to a program which does stream over Ethernet.

There are many programs that do, but I need to defer to my Apple loving brethren and their advice in this regard. They will also (and should) correct me if I am wrong about iTunes.


#5

My understanding is that Apple Airplay is not supported by the Bridge, so you would need to add an Apple device (Airport Express or Apple TV or a third-party Airplay device) with a digital output, almost certainly Toslink, you can connect to the PS DS. You may not be happy with the sound quality from this so I’d recommend that you install a server program on your Mac mini.

As elk says there are many programs you could use for playback. Personally I prefer MinimServer which I’ve run on a Mac mini, iMac and (now almost exclusively) on a NAS. My music library is still in the iTunes format - I setup the server software to point at the music folder within the iTunes library folder - so I can always revert to using iTunes for local playback if I wish.


#6

My colleagues are correct. iTunes will not stream to the Bridge as iTunes is not a UPnP server. As noted above, you could install server software that uses your iTunes library and keep using iTunes to organize things but as far as I know Amarra and similar products simply will not work. From your description above it sounds like you may be connecting your Mini directly to the Bridge. I know people managed to do this with Bridge 1 but I don’t know if it can be done with Bridge 2. Generally it always seemed a lot easier to go through a router. Or go with a direct USB or Toslink connection, as discussed.


#7

+1 on minimserver. You don’t have to give up Amarra, just run minimserver to the Bridge II so you can compare the sound. Most find the B II to have better sound quality than USB.