I know so much of SQ is subjective, but I’m a little surprised at what my ears are telling me.
I was excited to have a Bridge II inbound, given how great things sounded going direct from my ROCK server to the DSD via an inexpensive USB cable, with no gadgets in between. The sound was astonishingly good.
So I thought, the Bridge II - based on informed comments here and elsewhere - was going to be a big improvement and really blow me away.
Bridge came yesterday, I plugged it in and ensure all software was up to date.
I listened. I was disappointed. My immediate reaction was the Bridge was less musical and a bit harsher, with less defined bass, than the cheap-y USB setup.
Granted, the Bridge hasn’t had any burn-in time. But then again, neither did the USB set up – it sounded amazing right away.
I really, really wanted – and still do – to be amazed by the Bridge, but so far, I’m just not and will invest in an improved USB connection, and start comparing. Don’t get me wrong, the setup with Bridge II still sounds quite good, but just surprised that it’s to my ears not as good as USB.
I’ll let the bridge keep burning in, and put hours on it whenever I’m not sitting down to just enjoy music. I’ll upgrade my USB setup. Then I’ll see if anything changes by way of comparison.
If anyone has ideas on how to get better SQ from the Bridge, I’d love to hear it!