Hi PS Audio community,
I’m monitoring this forum since the beginning of this year and am a happy owner of a DirectStream DAC and Bridge II since February.
Highest time to join the community.
I’m streaming my music from my Synology NAS via the Bridge II and DirectStream directly into my TAG McLaren power amplifier which is driving my B&W 804N speakers.
This appears to be a sensitive configuration since I had to activate the attenuator to avoid an audible hiss when no music is playing.
With that activated it’s all sounding great, big improvement to what I had in the past.
Since the primary functions are covered well my question is more about the secondary functionality.
I’m using BubbleUPnP on an Android tablet as a control point and also controlling the volume via UPnP.
What I discovered is that the integration of the Bridge II and DirectStream is not very tight.
The Bridge has its own volume level and is not fully relying the the DirectStream volume.
I draw this conclusion based on the following:
- If the volume is changed via UPnP/Bridge the DAC volume changes, but if the DAC volume is changed (e.g. by remote) the Bridge volume is not affected/synchronized.
- After powerup the Bridge has a default volume level of 60 while the DAC volume is kept. This can cause a jump in volume if the DAC is at e.g. 40 and the volume is increased via UPnP, the volume will instantly jump to 61.
- With the attenuator active the maximum DAC volume is 106, but via UPnP the volume is still clipped at 100.
What I would like to know is if there are plans to ‘fix’ this or, even better, if this will be part of the upcoming DirectStream/Bridge II update which is currently being worked on.
I also would like to know if others ran into this issue.
Maybe a bit lengthy post for a first one, but I hope it will be of any help in further improving the DirectStream/Bridge II combination.