I2S on Directstream DAC


I have a Auralic Aries connected to my Directstream DAC using USB and it sounds excellent. I have read that the I2S input on the DAC sounds the best but the Auralic has no I2S output. I was thinking of getting a Singer SU-1 or Matrix X-SPDIF 2 to convert the USB to I2S.

Would there be any advantage of doing this in regards to sound quality or are you better getting a streamer or transport with native I2S output?

Anyone got any ideas!


Both the Singer SU-1 and Matrix X-SPDIF have been discussed. Try the search function. You may find the information you seek.

Another option is Sonore UltraDigital. Purchased mine from Small Green Computer. Splits USB to I2s and SPDIF RCA. Converting Sonore Microrendu USB to I2s for my DSJr.



Does anyone knows if other component with I2S through HDMI cables like the W2S music server will work using both I2S connections via HDMI?

My Musica Pristina server uses I2S to my DS dac. It has an internal ssd holding my music.

I answered http://www.i2s.sonore.us/ in the other thread where you asked.

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Thanks Ted!

So how does the I2S compare to the Bridge II?

IMO superior. But I’m admittedly not a Bridge II fan. I ended up getting rid of my DSJ. I think an external source with USB would be better too. YMMV.

The bridge was fine for what it was designed to be, a way to stream music over Ethernet to the DSD. It’s a legacy product that’s been around for quite a while. It’s still being foisted on audiophiles in new guises like the Mytek DACS. It wasn’t difficult to improve my sound out of the DSD by moving to an I2S solution. I use a ROON Rock server, Matrix, HDPlex LPS with Siltech USB and Crystal Cables Silver HDMI to great effect. I don’t miss it in the least.

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