Don’t get me wrong…I love my PS Audio gear, which I have consistently and continuously upgraded, but it’s pretty frustrating to have to get an entire technical education when you just want to play some music!
If I had my music on a laptop or HD connected to a laptop, and connected its USB output to the DS, I know what I would have to do to play DSD and how I would configure JRiver. Unfortunately, neither JRiver nor PS Audio has seen fit to develop and update detailed instructions on how to make their gear operate in most common environments.
As I understand it, when JRiver sends music from my Win 10 computer over the network you cannot use the “Audio Device” options which allow you to conveniently set up DSD bitstreaming. Instead, the Bridge II shows up under the Media Network options, which do not have the same options. When I steam my Native DSD (.dsf) files from JRiver, the DC shows “PCM 176.K 16 bits.” The music sounds great, but I assume that this is because it was a great recording to begin with and because JRiver does a good job of converting DSD to PCM, and that it would likely improve further if I could play DSD as DSD.
Until I figure this out, I have no reason to spend any more big $$ for native DSD files…Any help would be greatly appreciated.