I posted this on another thread, but it is germane here so here’s a cut-n-paste of that post:
Here’s a follow up on my initial problem of having a bunch of ripped vinyl in DSD 128 and not being able to play it through the Bridge II. As a reminder, I use Roon almost exclusively while streaming. Before, Roon would try to default convert to 32/176 after negotiating with the DS Sr, which is a no-go as far as the DS Sr is concerned, giving a bunch of digital harsh as the output. So I restricted the max PCM bit depth to 24 bit and DSD 128 would then convert to 24/176, which was fine. It just wasn’t DSD and I think I lost a tiny little bit in the conversion. Less “air” (hate that term, but that’s what it was missing) and instrument separation. Mandating that Roon downconvert DSD 128 to DSD 64 previously required a PCM intermediary step to 32/176 which taxed the CPU (correction: Ted Smith says it isn’t very taxing on the CPU) and also sounded like PCM with no benefit to the DSD conversion. Now with Roon ver 1.3, build 216, DSD 128 files are directly converted to DSD 64 and they sound every bit as good as the original! Awesome. No need to re-rip my vinyl or hard convert my files. Plus, I can continue to rip in DSD 128, which is nice. This is why I love Roon. They are constantly addressing ways to improve their product. All of a sudden my main issue with Bridge II is no longer a big concern. Very nice.