Next (final?) major change to the digital will be a new streaming front end into my Directstream.
Keeping an eye open on Octave as a probable option, and happy to wait as my i2s modded Oppo 203 sounds terrific, and I prefer it to the onboard Bridge 2.
The Oppo has its limits though, no DSD from Roon, no MQA and no hires above 24/192.
So a change of streamer should take care of these limitations, have a lot of native DSD which I’m not getting the benefit of atm.
The DCS Network Bridge has caught my eye, anything I’ve read about it says it’s pretty special sounding AND it’s a Roon endpoint that does all the numbers I’m looking for.
As a “network bridge” though, it’s bigger brother the new Vivaldi Upsampler is supposed to sound terrifically better, so might actually do some hard saving for that instead.
It Upsamples all the digital before it hits the dac, and given how Ted’s Directstream does all its digital upsampling onboard, I wonder if the Vivaldi Upsampler would realistically be a good option with it?
I know the UK Dac company Chord with its “Dave” dac has a massive uplift when used with their own upsampling kit?
Seems to me that’s analogous in software to the benefits the HQPlayer guys get?
I used to Upsample everything in software before it hit my older Dacs, using SOX back in the Squeezebox days, and others with JRiver etc, but the Directstream is a very different Dac,
Concluded back then that native rate with no upsampling worked better for me.
But a lot of DS users still swear by HQPlayer (especially with Roon?) and I’m talking about DCS upsampling, which will be a bit more special.
Thoughts experiences appreciated chaps, the Network Bridge is a good base option, but would upsampling before the DirectStream the DCS way be a bigger leap forward, given the DS’s unique architecture?