Hey folks, this is my first post here. I have been reading this site ever since I decided to buy a DirectStream DAC.
My audio system is currently using an Yggdrasil DAC with an ultraRendu feeding it on USB via Roon. I am actually quite happy with the sound I am getting out of this setup. A big part of this setup sounding good is the clean power it is getting. I am using a Topaz isolation transformer wired for balanced powered and the ultraRendu is powered by a Teddy Pardo power supply.
I just bought a slightly used (less than 100 hours) DirectStream with a Bridge II card installed. I bought this DAC for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, I am looking for a DAC that sounds better than what I have. I also wanted a DAC that gave me the option to play DSD and MQA tracks. The simplicity of having a Roon endpoint built into the DAC is a draw. Finally, I really like the upgradability the FPGA-based DirectStream offers.
When the DirectStream arrives, my plan is to let it burn in for a long while. I hear this DAC can take up to 500 hours to sound its best. Once that is done, I will compare the DirectStream/Bridge II and Yggdrasil/ultraRendu combinations. Then, I will try the DirectStream with the ultraRendu to see how it sounds compared to the Bridge II. Does anyone here have any comments on that last comparison?
Let’s assume for a moment that, to me, the DirectStream sounds better than the Yggdrasil.
I am hopeful that I find the DirectStream/Bridge II to be better sounding than the DirectStream/UltraRendu. Or at least equivalent.
This question is probably for @adminpaul: what is the future of Roon in regards to DirectStream and internal endpoints? Will the Bridge III card support Roon? I am committed to Roon at this point as it offers exactly what I am looking for to manage and control my library and to explore new content using Tidal (or other services down the road).
Thanks in advance for any feedback or advice I get. This seems like a great community based on what I have seen!