The difference between USB vs Bridge is a topic of interest to me because I still don’t have a sense as to which is best - even though there has been ongoing discussion about this topic in multiple posts.
My understanding is that in order to obtain the best USB performance, one must optimize multiple factors at the server end - i.e.: by utilizing a proper USB card and tweaking other computer settings and by installing high-quality USB cabling; or by investing in a standalone server (e.g.: Aurender). Of which, any of these will require a decent investment.
From what I have gleaned from this site, the DS(sr)-Bridge(2) combination offers/provides the same level of sound quality as do the various USB>DS(sr) combinations. Perhaps there really hasn’t been a genuine consensus defined here?? I’m like the next guy (i.e.: obsessed audiophile) in that the bottom line for me is sound quality. If USB>DS(sr) does (can) provide better sound quality, then I will consider switching from my Bridge(2) to a USB set up.
Is there an area on this site that specifically lays out the necessary steps (and optional/recommended equipment, software, tweaks, settings, etc.) required to obtain the best USB interface with the DS(sr)?
Also, is there/has there been, any consensus as to whether the Bridge(2) or USB provides the best interface (in terms of overall sound quality)?