DirectStream Memory Player Video posted

Oops. Sorry, I accidentally deleted the video. It’s back up.

One thing that is coming up on the Paul’s Posts comments section is a question about the back panel of the DMP

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You’ll note that on the back panel there are multiple HDMI connectors - used for multi-channel SACD and BluRay discs with surround sound.

You can use the coax outputs to connect to any DAC, but if you choose PS Audio DACs to connect via HDMI you’ll get the full and pure DSD surround experience. However, this does require multiple PS DACs - like a DS on the front channel and perhaps a couple of Juniors on the rear, center and subs if you’re going all the way (I plan on just trying adding the rear channels).

In any case, what I wanted to mention was something cool the engineers added few people know about. That is, multiple PS DACs are setup to synchronize with each other. The front 2-channel DAC becomes the master and the other two DACs become the slaves. This allows you to control the master with the remote and the others ignore the remote and their volumes move in synch with the first DAC.

This is pretty cool - especially if you don’t have a multi-channel preamp.cool

Paul McGowan said In any case, what I wanted to mention was something cool the engineers added few people know about. That is, multiple PS DACs are setup to synchronize with each other. The front 2-channel DAC becomes the master and the other two DACs become the slaves. This allows you to control the master with the remote and the others ignore the remote and their volumes move in synch with the first DAC.
This is good news Paul.

What interface is used to sync the slaves with the master?

It is available only through the I2S connections to our DACs, using our own proprietary protocols over the I2C channels.

Very informative video. This new product comes at a great time for me. I have been seriously considering upgrading to having a separate NAS to use for ROON and start ripping my CD’s. I do have several hundred hi-rez music files thanks to my charter membership in B&W’s Society of Sound but have not done much with my large CD collection. At this point, it appears the better option will be to upgrade my PWT.

I will be happy to be a beta tester. As an owner of the PWT since it came out in 2009, I cannot wait to hear the improvements in standard CD playback as described in the video.

Alan.

Paul - I’d like to please confirm that the new DMP will be able to play the burned data DVD-Rs that were used to playback high-res PCM WAV files on the PWT. Thanks in advance for your time and continued support! I didn’t see this mentioned in the video.

Here’s a quick question. For those of us with many year’s worth of CD data on the SD card from the PWT, I assume we will just be able to insert that card in the new DMP so as not to lose all that information?

Trying to pre-order. Anyone else having problems with the order page going into endless cycling when the button is clicked? [Safari and Chrome on Mac OS X Sierra]

I been on the waiting list to be a betatester for the new DST/ Directstream memory player for over six months , why haven’t I even contacted yet to complete the purchase

Well us Antipodean’s wish we could also be on the beta-test merrygoround but it appears we will have to wait until December at the earliest to hear one :(, and we will have to read all the “gushy-ness” and plaudits on this site in the meantime. I’m still hoping for an overseas beta but my faith is wavering and I wonder how much of a discount we will be offered for our PWT trade-ins… you people in the USA have it good to us poor cousins.

Good job by the way to all the PS Audio engineers for getting this to beta/production status.

JimSatala77 said I been on the waiting list to be a betatester for the new DST/ Directstream memory player for over six months , why haven't I even contacted yet to complete the purchase
I don't believe anyone has been yet, but soon will be.

Paul has stated recently that he will announce the beta in Paul’s Posts, I would think the end of this week or early next. The beta program has been delayed several times, though his first announcement of availability was for October so, in a sense, he’s on time.

palerider said Trying to pre-order. Anyone else having problems with the order page going into endless cycling when the button is clicked? [Safari and Chrome on Mac OS X Sierra]
Yeah, sorry, something's wrong. We're on it.
Paul McGowan said
palerider said Trying to pre-order. Anyone else having problems with the order page going into endless cycling when the button is clicked? [Safari and Chrome on Mac OS X Sierra]

Yeah, sorry, something’s wrong. We’re on it.


Right. I will announce it. Not too long now. The preorders is just to form a line of people who aren’t going to be beta testers but want to secure a place in line.
audio.bill said Paul - I'd like to please confirm that the new DMP will be able to play the burned data DVD-Rs that were used to playback high-res PCM WAV files on the PWT. Thanks in advance for your time and continued support! I didn't see this mentioned in the video.
Yup, the DMP will do fine with these. I have many.
Alan W said Here's a quick question. For those of us with many year's worth of CD data on the SD card from the PWT, I assume we will just be able to insert that card in the new DMP so as not to lose all that information?
If you're connected to the internet, all that data should be stored and available on DMP. But, I believe the old data should be preserved and used by the DMP. I will check to make sure.

Very intriguing product. I’ve been spending time (a lot of time) burning CDs into memory and the front panel USB caught my eye.

On the Overview page it states it can read stored data from it’s USB digital input. Can you elaborate on the specs of the input, like file formats, max bit rate, gapless playback, and possibly controlled by an external app?

Thanks. It is indeed an intriguing product.

The input from the USB is relatively basic, handling all formats the player handles too. It will not support gapless, and there is no external app to control it (though that would have been a great feature).

We recommend an album’s worth, perhaps a bit more. The tracks are listed on the front panel touch screen which can only display about 4 at a time before you have to scroll again, so too many tracks become cumbersome to manage.

But, once inside the player, the internal advanced Digital Lens takes over and it’s pure bliss!

Looks like a great product Paul. I’m curious, but I’ve seen no mention about the DMP being compatible with streaming to the NuWave DSD DAC in terms of I2S output (if you have, I’ve missed it). You’ve stated it is compatible with the Directstream and the Directstream Jr. The NuWave has the I2S input so I assume it would be compatible, no? Thanks again for the amazing products, of which I have several, but am always wanting more!

Adam

Paul McGowan said
pmotz said Interesting video, thanks for sharing Paul. I find it interesting that you think the DMP sounds better than the DS/Bridge II. As I recall the Bridge II has a digital lens of some sort, so assuming that is correct, then the use of a digital lens is not the sole reason for the improved sound. Perhaps a better implementation of the digital lens is? I bet you don't really know, but that's Ok, it leaves you with something more to do! Now, I'm just waiting for the terms of the beta test!

Yes, it’s an interesting question and observation. But the two are so different as to be hard to imagine they could sound the same. DMP is pulling data from a mechanical, spinning disc and sending data in I2S to our electronics where we have a direct connection. There it enters the FPGA where we do our new advanced Lens technology and then output through I2S into the DAC.

The Bridge takes data from a computer, repackaged as packetized bits over a network, recombines them into something it can handle, decodes and processes those bits and then sends them through its own Lens. finally outputting to I2S.

Two very different processes - that use some of the same elements - but very different indeed.

Had they sounded identical that would be more remarkable to me.


I am not entirely surprised they don’t sound identical, but I am trying to figure out why the bit-perfect file delivered over Ethernet to the DS/Bridge, where once there, is subject to the prowess of the DS-FPGA, should sound inferior. I don’t perceive inferior power supply or computational process. So, if there is a difference, what is the “why”?