For me, the existence of such a Bridge was one of the main reasons to decide for the DS DAC, as I didn’t want a PC or similar in the listening room and bother about USB cables or proper AC supply for the PC. With the price of the DS incl. Bridge, using my NAS over a Jriver server, I got a complete set and probably one of the best sounding combinations for a MUCH lower price than various DAC/Streamer/Music Server setups offered elsewhere. I really don’t understand why people would spend so much money for high end music servers with included ripping stations, SSD etc. without any sound quality advantage. Even my understanding for a separate streamer with new expenses for cabling and power supply is limited. For me, the bridge is the perfect, cost saving option, althought I understand that less IT affine listeners might need some of the expensive easier solutions. For me it works perfectly from the beginning. A DAC of that quality and price with an implemented bridge for me was the best idea ever and a buying decision.
Yes, I would need to connect a PC to be able to listen to double rate DSD etc. But then again I’d need another DAC to listen to higher than double rate DSD etc. as soon as it’s provided on a broader basis. This might be a matter in a few years possibly, but then I’d still mainly listen to my 40.000 less than 2xDSD tracks. For me the quality in terms of ambience, soundstage and transparency is on a more than sufficient level now with up to 1xDSD format, compared to other DAC’s and Vinyl (at least for digital sourced material) to not bother about it for a long time.
Jriver with it’s configuring options and configurable app-views is a perfect solution for me and I didn’t find anything comparable yet. Would be hard to pass on it for a simple uPnp option.
So this leads to my only wish for Bridge III:
It should stay integrated! and deliver support for the by then by the DAC supported bit and sampling rates. An external bridge may be one of the contenders for let’s say an Auralic Aries, but it would leave a big gap if it competely replaces the internal solution.