I’m new here (this is my first post at the PSA Forum ) and just got my Directstream DAC a few days ago (I’m going through the break in process).
I’m using the Roon as front-end and the HQPlayer as DSP (which I do find beneficial in terms of SQ). I’m not overly worried in finding the ideal settings on the HQPlayer, since I’m still in the early stages of the break in, but when streaming MQA files from Tidal and engaging the DSD conversion on the HQPlayer, all I get is an “hiss”. Keeping the PCM upsampling with MQA works just fine as does converting any non-MQA material to DSD …
I’m limiting the upsampling to 384 KHz in PCM and to 128x48 on DSD (with auto rate family). I’m using the USB input (with the SoTM tx-USBultra in the loop but the described effect happens with or without it).
I’ve pulled the trigger on the DS after spending some time with the DS Jr. (lent by a friend) and, by the way, I got exactly the same behaviour. Any suggestions on how to “fix” this? Generally speaking I prefer the sound when upsampling to DSD and I can always switch to PCM when streaming an MQA album, but that’s not the most practical scenario