Rudy and the Terrible Awful No Good Very Bad Week. Isn’t that a book title somewhere?
After a disappointing week with my phono stage, SUT, and some less than primo new vinyl showing up at Casa Rudy, I thought my newly arrived DS Jr. would be the one bright spot during my week.
No luck! So it has been a head scratcher for three days, trying to figure out what is wrong. Did I not set something up right? Did I have to configure something else first? Was the unit damaged in shipping? (Box is flawless.) Or was something defective? It left Boulder six days ago as of this writing. Here’s the story.
After plugging 'er all in and firing it up, I notice the DS Jr. isn’t showing up on the network. I check the Ethernet port and the status lights are not illuminated, not on the DS Jr. or on the switch that it is attached to. I had unplugged an Oppo BDP-105 moments earlier that was working fine and in fact, I returned the Ethernet cable to the Oppo and everything lights up as it should.
Then I checked version numbers. Here’s what is says:
This was after I ran the update to Snowmass 2.0.1, wondering if something wasn’t loaded correctly for the bridge. The firmware update of course didn’t change anything other than the Snowmass version. I don’t know exactly what “BRDG:None” means, but I am thinking that either the Bridge itself is electrically defective, or the firmware for it was never loaded.
Ironically, when I first powered it up, the selected source was “Bridge.” I can’t even select it from the input selector knob on the DS Jr.–it stops at input 6.
So I’m thinking I either need to load the firmware, or see if the Bridge is bad.
Now, about those dropouts…
I connected the Oppo via coaxial to the DS JR. as I wanted to see if everything else worked–it seems to. Yet I noticed a few times that when touching the volume control if I had a little static on my fingers, the volume would drop out (a very fast fade-out/fade-in). Not a huge concern until it happened when I wasn’t anywhere near the DS Jr. It was just one dropout, but not knowing what causes it, I wanted to make certain it wasn’t something else. (It was an Audioquest digital coax cable, so it should be OK.)
Finally, I’ve noticed that when the volume is up, I hear idle background noise from the DS Jr. It is noticeable when I turn it off–the noise level drops. I keep my preamp up higher, as I prefer the volume control (and the remote) on the DAC. This isn’t normal, since I have done the same with the Oppo for a few years, and never notice a change in idle background noise any time I’ve turned it off. Since I might go with Roon in the future, I would count on keeping my preamp’s volume level up like I’ve done in the past.
I have a note into sales about the issues, but am waiting for Support to get back in touch. Just saving a little time by posting it here, as weekdays are kind of hectic around these parts. And if it helps someone in a similar predicament in the future, it’s all good. I’m hoping it’s all something simple I can take care of at home.
It does look nice sitting there on the rack between my C-J components…but perhaps a little forlorn until the doctors at PS Audio Urgent Care can see what ails us here at Casa Rudy.