Hi Paul @adminpaul
I’m sure you’ve seen this announcement from Munich: http://www.merging.com/news/news-stories/merging-innovation-at-high-end-munich-2017
I think I’ve seen you mention that the DS’s Bridge II input is technically the best sounding but you prefer using USB, just because you love using your setup and UI of iTunes and BitPerfect.
I think a lot of us can relate to that and having our preferred UI dictating which DS input we use.
Cutting to the chase and thinking about Octave coming at some point next year. For those of us that are either
locked in with Roon and invested in the DS because of it’s fantastic integration with Roon (with no USB involved) or
even forgetting about Roon - I know some DS users that happily only use an iPad running mConnect and Tidal, as there only source and love it or
using their favourite UPnP player with their DS and Bridge II and loving it
Has any thought been given to a solution like the ZMan board?
Have you thought about how/if the ZMan board could be implemented? Maybe not a slide-in network card (if it won’t fit?) but maybe a small external device with I2S (HDMI) output, just for the the DS?
The really cool thing about the ZMan board is that with Ravenna, ALL your PC and Mac and even Linux can have all the audio sent to the board, over the network, not just a particular music playback program. Any audio whether it be music, movies or video streaming can be routed over the network. Similar to how the LANRover works but of course the LANRover involves USB in the path, whereas the ZMan connection would be like the Bridge II and avoid USB along the entire path.
For those that may be really locked into Roon or perhaps Octave will be too expensive for some of our wallets (I last read it’s expected to be roughly around the price of the DS) or those that just love mConnect and Tidal or UPnP with their DS, then this allows us to stay with our favourite UI.
Of course, if Bridge II support is still planned for years ahead, then none of this is an issue. But I was thinking, when Octave and the Bridge III come next year, if Bridge II support ends (like Roon Ready support ends) then I’d be a little sad if my only option was to go back to USB or leave Roon, if though I’m very happy with Roon as is.
Can you share any thoughts about the ZMan and these other things. Is the OEM module in PS Audio’s plans at all?
On another note - have you considered implementing the ZMan board directly into Octave itself?
This networked audio technology and PSA’s technology is moving so fast (that’s a great thing) but as a Roon user I can’t help but fear that 18 months from now my Bridge 2 and RoonReady support may be ‘expired’ and ancient, even just a year in.
I know it can be tricky to look into a crystal ball with some of this stuff, but given design and planning is already underway with Octave, I imagine some thought must have been given regarding Bridge 2 support after Octave is released (still 12-18 months away of course).
Appreciate any insight!
A very proud DS & Bridge II (and Roon) owner here