PWD Bridge II Fix


#1

Hello all,

I was checking the PS Audio Downloads page and noticed “PWD Bridge II Fix” that has only been downloaded 6 times as of this writing.

I opened the zip file but it does not contain any information about what the files fix, installation, or the specific product.

I would think the zip should contain some instructions or description.

Does anyone know what this Fix is for?

Thanks,

Chip


#2

It fixes an issue with the BridgeII and PWD native and NativeX mode.

Dennis


#3

I get confused by the way PS Audio sometimes uses different abbreviations for the same product.

What is the PWD?

I have a DirectStream DAC and Bridge II.

Do I need to apply this Fix?


#4

It is confusing.

The PWD is the PerfectWave DAC. It is the predecessor to the DirectStream (“DS”). They look the same as they are in the same case.

You do not need to apply this fix. In fact, it will not work. :slight_smile:


#5

I fixed my “syncing issue” (176,4, 192kHz) with this files.

BUT - After every power on cycle you see the blinking blue Power LED with starting the initialisierung process for about 2 minutes. Do you checked this really?


#6

Remove the SD Card, Delete everything on the Card and reinsert it. That is what it is supposed to to, becasue it is a force update.

Dennis


#7
Unfortunately i noticed after installing the PWD / Biridge 2 fix a small decreasing of soundstage depth. Like the change from Native X to Native - Mode. Is there an explanation for this purpose.

#8

There has never been user info included. That was a decision made above me.

Dennis


#9

Hi Dennis,

Could you please give some information on which is the issue it is supposed to solve? I have a PWD MKii and Bridge II and was experiencing some problems. I was told from PSAudio you were working on a software fix, as my problem seemed to be some incompatibility with the digital board I have installed on the PWD dac.

Thank you very much


#10

This fixes a problem with Native and Native X at higher resolutions.

Dennis


#11

Dennis

Dennis this update did fix my long standing issue thanks for keeping at it

magicknow


#12

I am glad to hear it

Dennis


#13

Is there any way that a release date can be shown for each file on the download page? That would be helpful–at least to me.


#14
JPWhee said Is there any way that a release date can be shown for each file on the download page? That would be helpful--at least to me.
I second that. And it would also be helpful to reorganize the page to show downloads for individual products separately.

#15

Hi there,

I just installed the Bridge II in my PWD MkII, the change was not obvious since I had to copy the content of the SD card provided with the Bridge II to another old SD card for having the bridge recognized by the PWD. Even though the switch on the provided SD card was on the unlock position. I remembered I had the same issue with the SD card provided with the PWD when I got it a few years ago, but forgot this fact and so made many tests before fixing the issue.

Here is what I observed after the installation with the original firmware (version 2.9.1):

  1. The PWD Bridge II just after ‘power on’ always switches to ‘I²S Bridge II’ instead of setting to the last selected input.
  2. USB input: Using Foobar2000 as player, when sending tracks with different resolution the click is heard once and the resolution does not change on the display, the music starts to play, then the click is heard a second time, the resolution is set to the right value and then everything works fine. It was not the case with the Bridge I.
  3. USB input: When touching the volume sliding bar, not the buttons ‘+’ or ‘-’, usually the volume goes toward the touched position (very useful after a power on to set quickly the volume to the maximum). With the Bridge II DAC update, the slider goes the opposite way.
  4. Bridge II input: In Native and NativeX modes the Hires files remain silent, nevertheless the time counter runs, and when manually switching to any resolution resampling the music plays.
  5. With the Bridge I, an http server was available, allowing to verify software versions and making updates, on Bridge II this function is no more available.

Update of the firmware:
6. Then I saw a subject on the forum where Dennis Kerrisk talk about a fix for Native modes. I found it on the PS Audio download page, but when clicking on ‘PWD Bridge II Fix’ on the PS Audio download page, the download counter is incremented, but download does not occur.
7. When verifying the software version on the ‘I²S Bridge II’ input the version is 1.2.1 and the small green button on the right side is ticked (no update available).
8. The link of the ‘Fix’ firmware starts with ‘ttp://www.psaudio.com’ typing manually the address of the ZIP file (with ‘http’ instead of ‘ttp’) allows to download the file.
9. Copy of the ‘Fix’ firmware (version 2.9.3) on the SD card, insertion of the SD card in the slot, then power on of the PWD and the update proceeds.
10. After the update, power off and then power on, the full update proceeds again. I did it two more times with different SD cards, but the update still proceeds at every power on.
10. I erased of all files on the SD card and re-insertion in the slot, now the PWD starts normally (confirmed by a post of Dennis Kerrisk on the forum), and keeping a SD card in the slot allows the display of the artwork since the PWD needs to write a BMP image on the SD card.

Test of the Bridge II after update (version 2.9.3):
11. The PWD still selects the ‘I²S Bridge II’ input, even after a power off on any other input.
12. Test of resolution switch with USB (see bullet 2 above), all are OK now.
13. The volume still goes on the opposite side (see bullet 3 above)
14. Test of Native and NativeX modes with different resolutions (see bullet 4 above), all are are OK now.
15. The http page (see bullet 5 above) is still not available.

About firmwares:
With Bridge I, we had a PWD software version (up to 2.4.6) and a Bridge software version (up to 0.2.15).
Obviously the update with the ‘Fix’ ZIP file is version 2.9.3 visible in the LOADER.CFG file, the bridge version is 1.2.1 visible on the PWD screen.
I suppose that the update of the Bridge II firmware is similar to the update of Bridge I, either through network by pushing the green button when an update is available, or with USB key inserted on the USB port of the Bridge card.
Does somebody confirm?

As noticed by ‘highender’ on the forum, I heard a difference of sound before and after update. Before, with version 2.9.1 the sound is more detailled on treble levels, sometime a bit harsh, while with the version 2.9.3 the sound is smoother, to my point of view it is closer to version 2.0.2 with Bridge I, it was my preferred version: more organic, no more harsh without loss of details, I can listen for hours without any fatigue.

And now I have what I was waiting for years: … the GAPLESS play. It works very fine without any issue. A real pleasure.
I will really enjoy it this weekend.

Pierre.


#16

The link for downloading PWD 2.9.3 doesn’t work. Also, does this version incorporate the Bridge II fix?


#17

Try it now.


#18

Yes, the name has been changed, but the link is still wrong.

Copy the link, paste it in the address field of your browser, add ‘h’ at the beginning for having ‘http://…’.

Et voila!


#19

OK Paul it’s working now!

You changed the link while I was replying to whatcomfalls’ post.


#20

Yes, thanks. I scratched my head for a while then saw the “ttp://” and realized I had left off the Hyper in Text Transfer Protocol.