Just picked up a PSA DirectStream Sr from another forum member here. Will get it next week.
My question is above in title and do not want to bug the seller too much with questions although he is very very generous with his time.
I will need a network streamer of some sort to get DSD audio into the PSA DS unit. I can get anything else into the unit via Coax from my OPPO 105. I do not presently use a USB connection from my computer which is my music server and located 25 feet away on other side of room.
I use JRiver to send files to my present DACs which are the OPPO 105 player and an external OPPO Sonica Dac. Both have built in ethernet and wifi capability so I can stream anything to them right now including DSD (dsf) files.
My options seem to be:
Some HDMI to i2S converter card installed in OPPO 105 using the Ethernet input from my OPPO 105 then output via HDMI to the i2S input in PSA DS. These cards (or converters) seem to not really exist except for maybe something from China. Have no idea if they work.
A Ethernet to i2S out device. Might be one around (Sonore Signature Rendu). They are pricey if you can find one.
An Ethernet to USB converter. There are various ones around. Unsure which one might be good and if it is better than the obvious answer- the Bridge II.
The Bridge II card. Some here love it. Some hate it. Some claim it degrades the sound just by being installed. I have no idea. Seems like an easy option.
Again- I am using the built in Ethernet in these OPPO units and never gave it too much thought if they impacted the sound in negative way or if an external unit would be better. They seem to work and sound very good. But one doesn’t know what doesn’t know…
Any advice for a reasonably priced good option (used or new) is welcome.