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  1. dCS Network Bridge

    When I had the microRendu in the system I did try this and it was slightly better than relying on my switch configuration. I've not tried it with the dCS as I expect to replace my MacMini with a Roon ROCK based server as soon as the Nucleus hardware starts to appear.
  2. dCS Network Bridge

    The modem is a retail version of a Motorola/Arris Docsis 3 one supported by Comcast. The switch is a Cisco SG-200 that's plugged into an Eero mesh wifi. The Cisco is colocated with the audio system, so wiring is short from/to dCS Network Bridge, the NAS and the MacMini. The idea was to keep the devices from interfering with each other as much as possible. The cable modem is not wired to the Cisco, but the Eero communicates with another Eero that is wired to another Cisco that is wired to the cable modem. I never find any problems with WiFi with this mesh network. I only use an iPad with the Roon app to connect with the Roon core running on the MacMini. The 3 Ethernet connections are using WireWorld pair of Cat8 (one step down from the Platinum) that connect the NAS and the MacMini to the switch with the Platinum connected to the dCS. I experimented with using MinimServer on my QNAP NAS in lieu of Roon. However I found it didn't perform as well and the sound was not on par with Roon. Hope that helps.
  3. dCS Network Bridge

    Good catch. As I recall both have done Sonore reviews in the past. We'll see whether Michael will venture into the comparison swamp, or if he'll beg off that bit. I can't recall if one of his DACs can input both USB and S/PDIF. Maybe the Totaldac?
  4. dCS Network Bridge

    Just follow: Settings...Audio...Device (Networked)...(gears to right) Device Setup...Resync Delay...choose, for example, 1000ms (that equals a second).
  5. dCS Network Bridge

    I know it's coming but not clear whether that gets "baked" into the firmware update I've heard about.
  6. dCS Network Bridge

    Awaiting firmware fixes as well as the free MQA firmware. The one bit I found to be an issue, though infrequent, is switching bitrates. Sometimes when Roon/MacMini is sending bitstreams of one bitrate, say 44kbps w. 16 depth, and then to another song with 192/24 the dCS is not quick to respond or correctly respond. You get around this via a delay in Roon settings of a second (1000ms). The only other thing that was due to my system setup is that I needed to enable control flow within my smart switch (Cisco) so as not to "overrun" the Roon software buffering. Once done, never saw an issue since. Very rarely do I get any hiccups, and they do not seem to be due to the dCS, but more likely either macOS/Roon platform. Usually it's either a sudden playback stop with restart or other similar anomaly. I know it's not the source, since I can even backtrack playback and not see an issue with the NAS. Likely as not, it's some memory buffering in software; but I've no way to trace it or otherwise troubleshoot. Hoping by moving from MacMini to Roon's upcoming Nucleus hardware/software device, I'll not even have these very occasional issues.
  7. dCS Network Bridge

    FYI, I'm using an Audio Alchemy DDP-1 in my other system with the Sonore gear. The DDP-1 has USB, so I don't need the Berkeley D-D converter. I've no interest in A-B testing of dCS vs. Sonore in that system, nor swapping my Berkeley Ref 2 DAC with DDP-1, which would make for such a comparison. I'll leave that to any reviewer out there that wants to do so...and thinks it's of "real" value.
  8. You can finally order the upgrade from dealer or directly via site (see News section).
  9. Berkeley DACs

    FYI: you can now purchase the MQA firmware for the Reference from Berkeley or through the dealer. Visit web site...News section for info. Will also improve even PCM, so says Michael Ritter of Berkeley Audio. Got mine on order.
  10. dCS Network Bridge

    Wonder if Steven rather than Michael will do the review. I've an upgraded microRendu (new board) and Signature LPS in my other system since putting the dCS into my primary system. I've had no desire to return the Sonore gear to test, since it would also require adding back my Berkeley Alpha USB converter to support the Ref. 2 DAC. As for comparison, the only worthy DAC I'm aware of capable of USB input is the Schitt Yggdrasil. And I'm uncertain that USB is it's preferred input over S/PDIF. In this arena, assessments by reviewers are best when apples to apples comparisons. The Network Bridge, not sending out USB, and unlikely that it would be a preferred method in any case, would prove a problematic choice. And using a USB to S/PDIF converter would slight either component under test.
  11. dCS Network Bridge

    Might be worth a comparison for SQ, but these are intended for very different use cases. The Antipodes is, in its current incarnation, a ripper, Roon sever, and renderer. The dCS serves as a network D-D converter with associated bells and whistles. The Antipodes exists for those looking to have a bit more all-in-one, rather than those who split out Roon Core, music library, and network based renderer. One bit that got my attention was his description of Roon Mode 1: ..."The added advantage of having both server and renderer / player (RoonReady) in the same device is that they do not need to use the comms layers that sit underneath RAATwhen the two apps talk across a network and according to Antipodes this leads to better sound." It seems that others have picked up on this approach of Antipodes. See Romaz's post entitled "A novel way to massively improve the SQ of the sMS-200 and microRendu". I had tested this in my prior MacMini microRendu to DAC setup, with marginal benefit. Have yet to see if my current setup with the dCS would benefit. I do feel that his descriptions re: the N10 vs. DX echo my own recollection of N10 versus microRendu.
  12. dCS Network Bridge

    In had the N10 in my system for nearly a year before bringing a microRendu/Sonore Sig. LPS into my environment. And most recently have been using the dCS Network Bridge. Each change has represented a step up (you can read my earlier posts). However, since every system is different, and each of us has differing tastes/expectation respecting music playback, I hope you've the opportunity to bring demo units home for trial.
  13. Sonicorbiter - "the operating system"

    If you don't see the DAC, or likely anything, listed on the Apps/DAC Diagnostic page, that indicates that the microRendu and your DAC are not in "sync". I've had this happen numerous times in the past. I wish I knew which one needs to "see" the other before they communicate properly. I would try powering off the DAC and powering it up and then seeing if the microRendu page gets updated. There may be something in the DAC that thinks all is well, even though a change has occurred. Probably the DAC keeps status info about the attached device (USB in this instance) in some cache or buffer or ??? And by power off, I mean to pull the power and not simply use the remote, since that won't clear things that remain in memory. Some DACs might even need a good 15-30 seconds to "clear".
  14. Sonicorbiter - "the operating system"

    Are the lights all on yet nobody's at home on the microRendu (bad code preventing the memory card from running)? Or maybe the card isn't electrically connected to the bus (does it light up at all once you power up the microRendu?). And see if the cable or where its plugged in the switch is the same and hasn't somehow been broken. If you are seeing lights and after a minute they stay on, then that suggests the microRendu is booting, running and has likely gotten an IP address from your DHCP server. Use an app on your iPad like Fing to see if the microRendu is showing up (next to it would be the vendor label of SolidRun and you can ping it and see its service via the app.
  15. Article: Introducing The Sonore Signature Rendu SE

    Went through the Ethernet testing bit of late. What I did find is more to do with mixing cable designs is a no-no. Tested Audioquest and WireWorld. Each is using a very different approach to how the wires are laid out and the philosophy around the design. Previously I'd been using Audioquest Vodka for all Ethernet connections. Net: I have been happy with WireWorld Cat8 for NAS to switch and MacMini to switch with WireWorld Platinum from switch to dCS Network Bridge. The overall improvement was in lowering the noise floor and providing a wider, taller and deeper soundstage along with more focus/pinpoint sonic images in space. I'll say that might personal preference in sound is ultra revealing, so I hear warts and all. For those who prefer a more tubelike, vinyl analogue experience go with Audioquest.