Popping sound related to Directstream Junior?

I’ll probably post my findings about the Mano Ultra in the Compatible I2S source devices topic :wink:


Paul has made clear Bridge II will continue to be supported, including Roon. See, here

Paul has also said they will try to include a ROON endpoint in Bridge III, although as I understand it using it as such would waste much of the capabilities of BIII (i.e., it’s ability to act as the server itself).

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I agree that the pops and clicks heard during DSD playback while using Bridge 2 and Roon are very darn annoying and disappointing. But I’m not giving up on the Bridge just yet. It’s my understanding that the Bridge uses an I2s connection internally, and was one of the selling features for me since I really wanted to avoid USB.

For now I reluctantly moved my PC back from the closet and near the Directstream. I’ve connected the USB and created a second zone in Roon labeled USB. This is my short time solution to the DSD problem. I use the Bridge for Tidal/MQA which I’m not willing to give up. I switch to USB for everything else.

I’m still hopeful this problem will get fixed.

I know that somewhere on the forum, the following question, has already been asked but can not find it (sorry).

Is it possible to revert the firmware of the bridge 2 (DSJ) to the point before the popping started (i believe 3.4.5 was the first time )? MQA is not important to me, ROON an Redcloud is ;).

Thanks in advance

Happy listening

Hi Hanske,
When do you hear the popping? There shouldn’t be any popping with the latest Bridge code and Redcloud.

Yeah! But it’s there. And it’s crystal clear even with the DSD Sr.!

Is it happening between tracks, or is it happening throughout a song?

I totally agree Jamesh there shouldn’t be ;). But there is and i’m not the only one.

I could live with the pops (crackle) while starting a dsd file but not with p[ops (crackle) during playback. USB no problems. Only with the DSD Bridge 2 combination (DSJ and i believe SR to). I already set the volume to 80 (even 60) but still pops. Changed cables, switch, etc. etc. etc. back to huron (and yaris) back to redcloud again etc. etc. all to no avail ;(.

Thanks for the response Jamesh. Hope for a solution.



‘Is it happening between tracks, or is it happening throughout a song?’

Both Jamesh but throughout is by far the most irritating!

Using JRiver 22/23 and roon (rock)

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Hello hanske,

Thanks for reaching out to us about this issue and sorry to hear that you are having trouble.
Unfortunately we can’t recommend going backwards in firmware for the Bridge II as this may cause other issues with performance.

We have heard similar reports from a few other customers so our engineering team is aware of this problem and are working on a solution.

In the interim we thank you for your patience and understanding.

As always you are welcome to contact us at service@psaudio.com or at 720-406-8946 M-F 8:30 - 5PM MST.


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Thanks for the quick response JeremyBe.

I’ll try to be as patient as possible ;). It’s good to know its being investigated. Please keep us informed.


PS sorry for the double post. Tried to delete 1 but it will take 24 hours

I hooked up my DSJ for the first time last night, updated the bridge firmware, and also heard some pops near the beginning of a few songs when streaming Tidal via the bridge using MConnect. It did appear to stop happening after the 10th song or so but I’m not certain. I didn’t take any notes last night but I’ll see if I can re-create the issue tonight and report back as to the precise songs/transitions.

In my case (DSD Sr.), between tracks AND throughout a DSD/DoP song. But I get annoyed just in the last case.

Just adding my voice. I have the same problem with DS Snr. DSD and MQA via Roon with pops etc especially between songs but also during. Appreciate efforts by PSA to fix this. I bought my DS Snr to access these higher res formats. Thanks.

+1 same problem

No update on a BridgeII update from the PS Audio side?

None I am aware of. These updates are not simple and I should check and see if there’s even one in the works for near release. Sometimes small problems like a tick or pop are added to a list of problems and then the entire list gets addressed in one big update. We try not to do small updates to fix one problem.

I eventually sorted out my Bridge II and have the latest Firmware running on everything. I run Roon Core on a Mac Mini and my music library is on a Synology NAS
When I run the System via a USB into the PSaudio it sounds stunning, Bright and clear with tight bass just how I like my sound. PreAmp and Monoblock amps are Dan D’Agostino Momentum and Speakers are Kef Blade 2.
When I flick the source over to DirectStream, the sound losses it a bit and to put it simply sounds a bit dull, and it also pops between tracks and sometimes I get a pop during playback wrecking the experence.
Is there any settings that are special to the Bridge vers the USB that I should be aware of.