Main system DAC is a DS w/ Bridge II; Secondary system is a Brooklyn Bridge (mkI) used exclusively for headphone listening. Systems are in different rooms in the house. Roon Core is a Mac Mini in a room separate from both systems.
I’m a bit of a digital dunce, so I when I stream I’ve always kept it simple–Roon/Tidal straight to the DAC.
I’d like to be able to stream Nugs.net (streaming service mostly for jam-bandy type music). Nugs is a mix of 16/44.1, MQA and some limited DSD. Nugs isn’t a supported service on Roon or really any other software, with the exception of BluOS.
For my secondary system, I’ll probably move the Mac Mini to the same room and connect to the Mytek via USB, which gets me there on that system.
So, thinking solely about my main system, are these two my only solid options?
Purchase a Node or NAD streamer (each support BluOS) and connect to DS via digital out (USB or whatever).
Purchase a slightly better standalone streamer (such as a G2.1), which is probably a more appropriate match for my main system, use USB connectivity to the DS for Roon and Airplay for Nugs (my understanding is that Airplay is limited to 16/44.1).
If these are indeed my only two options, then is one option preferable over the other: sound quality-wise from the perspective of a hard connection to the DS vs. Airplay or Bluetooth?
Also, are there any other nuances here that I am missing/should be considering?
I can always demo, etc., but I hate to go down the rabbit hole with dealers without a basic understanding of my options and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
And, by the way, over the weekend, I saw my first live concerts in 18 months. It was glorious…
Thanks in advance,