I would like to play double-rate DSD over my DS. I’m aware of the following options:
a) Foobar2000 (USB connection)
b) Sonore Rendu (i2s connection)
c) Auralic Aries (USB connection)
d) the forthcoming PSA external Bridge II – whenever it becomes available (i2s connection?)
Are there any I’ve missed?
For some time now I’ve used a Synology NAS with MinimServer, and I like that setup very much. IIUC the Rendu or the Aries would let me keep that arrangement, adding an additional box to the chain. The Aries would let me use some streaming services like QoBuz and Tidal, which might be interesting. The Rendu seems like the most straightforward/simple/elegant solution for what I want.
I have experimented with Foobar, using the small headless computer that I bought to record vinyl with my NPC. The SQ is decent but the Bridge seems better with PCM and single-rate DSD. I dislike having to use a computer for playback, which makes either the Rendu or the Aries appealing; but are they worth the $1500 or so? Has anybody done SQ comparisons with these units and the Bridge?
Any other thoughts about the best way to play DSD128 on the DS?