I’m perplexed and I need help from the experts.
Over the last few weeks I’ve been experiencing very inconsistent performance when I attempt to stream music from my Mac to my Bridge II equipped DS DAC. First, here’s my setup. I have a 2012 vintage Mac Mini running fully updated El Capitan. Music files are on a separate 2TB hard drive. The Bridge II is connected directly to my U-Verse Pace 5268AC router via AudioQuest Ethernet cable. The Bridge II is assigned a static IP address. MinimServer reports everything nominal, no errors. I’m using MConnect or 8Player as my control points, both on iPhone and iPad, connected to the same network.
A couple of weeks ago I purchased five albums from NativeDSD, all 64fs DSD stereo. I was able to play all of them. All sounded fantastic. Last night I purchased “Getz/Gilberto 76” in the same format and have encountered issues at every turn. At one point I shut down the DS DAC and once I restarted it I was able to play one track. Then, the next song failed, and the next, and so on. I’ve restarted MinimServer, I’ve rescanned files, I’ve restarted the DS DAC, I’ve restarted the Mac, I’ve restarted the router. Nothing works. Sometimes I get hiss when a song tries to start, sometimes nothing. It won’t even play run-of-the-mill AIFF files.
What the hell is happening?
P.S., The mute function on the DS DAC turns on and off at will, as well. I have to check it every single time I play anything. Most of the times mute is ON, even though I did not switch it to ON.