I love my Synology NAS/MinimServer/Bridge II setup. I would also like to play double-rate DSD, which the DS can do but B2 cannot.
I could use a Windows PC with foobar2000 via USB. I know this will work and is a widely-used option; but I am wary of the noisy PC environment and the less-than-perfect [for audio] USB interface. I also prefer not to run a full-size computer for audio. There are various gizmos and pieces of software that can help improve USB playback and reduce the overhead of Windows, but I’d like something simpler if possible.
Network players like the Sonore Signature Rendu and Musica Pristina are expensive and are full-size components, for which there is no room in my audio rack. And more than I really need.
Some time ago PSA was thinking about an external version of the Bridge that would be more powerful. Is that project still alive? I hope so. It could convert ethernet input to i2s in a small form factor–that’s what I really want.
Does a Raspberry Pi do i2s? Is there a stripped-down/audiophile version of Linux that would avoid the overhead of Windows?
Are there any other options for 2xDSD? Thanks for any suggestions!