DirectStream and bridge


#1

I have a PWD Mk11 and use only the bridge to stream from my NAS. Did this new DirectStream DAC still use the old bridge or a new one?

Will it stream DoP from my NAS?



oll


#2

The DirectStream can use the old bridge (same hardware slot, etc.) and will be able to use the new bridge.

Yes you can use the bridge to play DoP. JRiver, foobar2000, etc. can wrap DSD into DoP on the fly and send it thru the bridge, etc.


#3

Thanks Ted, If I do the up grade, that will include a new bridge or I keep the original one I have?

I use minimserver that support DoP to.


#4

@oll You keep your Bridge. It’s not hard and, if you’re uncomfortable installing the upgrade and live in the US, we can do it for you for a small fee and shipping costs.


#5

Paul, I can do it! that will make it more fun!!! thanks :smiley:


#6

Just to be clear, all of the videos appear to reference the benefits accruing by getting more out of your CD’s. Is it safe to assume that these benefits accrue regardless of the source. i.e. streaming ripped CD’s, hi rez downloads etc. using JRiver through the Bridge?



I haven’t had time to watch all of Ted’s presentation and I am not sure that I would fully understand it anyway. I just want the question answered directly before I go down that road. Sometimes things that are obvious to some aren’t as obvious to others.



Thanks.


#7

My understanding is all types of files should benefit because they all suffer from the inherent limitations of existing integrated circuit DAC chips that the DirectStream avoids.


#8
The DirectStream can use the old bridge (same hardware slot, etc.) and will be able to use the new bridge.
Yes you can use the bridge to play DoP. JRiver, foobar2000, etc. can wrap DSD into DoP on the fly and send it thru the bridge, etc.


that means another new version will be released soon??


#9

@ellen_ng

If you are asking if a new version of the bridge is in the works, then yes it is, I don’t know any more than that but some searching around this site will yield some answers.


#10

Does directstream help with the gapless playback issues? will I be able to stream dsd file downloads via the original bridge? This was not supported with the mkii. Thx all.


#11

The gapless playback issues that are associated with some software playing thru the original bridge will still be the same. The DirectStream only sees I2S from a bridge so it can’t really help there.

The DirectStream will notice DoP (DSD over PCM) packaged DSD where ever it comes from including the bridge. I’ve listened to DSD over the bridge from foobar2000 and JRiver.


#12

Does anyone know what differences there are between Bridges 1 & 11? Besides the gapless issue are there any sonic difference? Especially with the new DS DAC.


#13
rossop said: Does anyone know what differences there are between Bridges 1 & 11?

No information yet.

#14

What about Bridge 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10? :smiley:



The Bridge Mk.II will play gapless without outside assistance… That is about all that we know about the differences.



J.P.


#15
Does anyone know what differences there are between Bridges 1 & 11?

About 10. :))

J.P.

#16

@wingsounds13 =))



Well we do have a few clues.

An internal Bridge and an External Bridge models.

Gapless ( if the player supports it) WaveStream required for radio, YouTube etc.

Ted said a "good buffer is needed for smooth streaming.

Not sure of the status of NativeX or if it is even required any more?


#17

Paul also mentioned MPD…


#18
@wingsounds13 =))

Well we do have a few clues.
An internal Bridge and an External Bridge models.


One of my questions is still unanswered. Do the external and internal versions have the same network and audio (pre)processing hardware?

#19

Just a guess, but I suspect that the external Bridge is the same as the internal Bridge Mk.II, just in a box with S/PDIF and one or more of AES/EBU, Toslink and/or I2S outputs. Heck, it could even be a Bridge Mk.II card plugged into an external box.



J.P.


#20
tony22 said: Do the external and internal versions have the same network and audio (pre)processing hardware?

The bottom line:
Alekz said: No information yet.