I am more perplexed than ever. The following good ideas all produced no results:
Changing the bit rate and sampling to all possible combinations.
Muting and un-muting the DS, toggling between the green and red bars in the bottom corner of the DS.
Putting Sonos back to variable volume, then fixed again.
A cheap RCA cable and even trying an optical cable I found lying about.
I added back a direct cable from the Sonos to the amp and it is playing fine. So the Sonos is sending a stream, the DS is just not picking it up.
I downloaded firmware update 6115 and stuck it in the DS. The PS Audio logo never blinks or says it updating, it just goes straight to initializing, then back to show i am in coaxial or optical, whichever one I was trying to get to work last.
This is odd, when I pull the coaxial or the optical cord out of the Sonos, the DS still shows a little green dot on the screen like everything is fine. Erikm, you indicate that by pulling the cable, it should go to a red dot on the DS screen, but mine stays green. The DS screen also does not show up as 16/44 as you mentioned above, it just is on 44/48/96, whatever I manually have it on.
My Mcintosh amp does not have anything in the REC input slots, and the analog RCA jacks direct from the Sonos to the amp work in either CD1, or CD2, or server just fine, so my inputs on the amp are working.
I’ve triple checked that i am not trying to play the files in another room with the Sonos and have it set to my main stereo room as indicated by it playing while connected directly to the amp.
I tried putting an SD card in the DS with the 6115 firmware update, both extracted and not extracted. The DS instructions say the blue logo should blink while it updates and it does not, so either it already has this update, or I have done something that is hindering the update.
I have also tried toggling on my amp from output 1 to 2 then both 1 and 2, and output 1 is the one that needs to be on for Sonos direct to the amp as well as my other sound sources. But it does not help with the DAC problem.
The only thing you guys have suggested I think i have not done is the bit perfect test, but since my Sonos is pumping music into the amp directly right now, I don’t think that should be an issue??
Is there a way for me to find out what firmware update I have installed on the DS? I wonder since I seem to have not gotten any changes from trying the update.
Oh, i even tried inserting just the coax cable, just the optical cable, then both at once, with no luck.
I just thought of this: I have a bridge installed in the DS, but I have not tried to use it before. Do i need to uninstall it to use the coax or optical? I know the bridge is not up to date, but it is inserted into the back of the DS. Would this be sabotaging me? Doesn’t seem like it if I am not on the bridge mode of the DS. ?