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  1. dCS Network Bridge

    And yesterday came similar info: http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/dcs-launches-mqa-support-across-product-ranges/ One other interesting bit of info: received confirmation about Audirvana Plus, that if it is requested to play an MQA file and sees a downstream device offering up MQA first unfold (seen as a decoder device), it will defer to the downstream device. Hoping if/when Roon offers up MQA support it behaves in the same way. By the way, this came from Damien Plisson, the developer.
  2. dCS Network Bridge

    Not yet. The rollout of firmware is slow. Hopefully within the next month or so.
  3. dCS Network Bridge

    just where / how is the dCS reporting this? Via their own app or in the downstream DAC?
  4. Article: CA Goes To Hollywood

    Enjoyed your sojourn in Hollywood. When I lived in L.A. in the late 70's I had an apartment not far from the Roxy and Tower Records, that was quite a neighborhood at the time. Worked for IBM and most of my customers were in Hollywood or down Motor Ave. (A&M, Capitol as well as Paramount, MGM, and a few other studios). Back then it was just mainframe tech. for running the business. Brings back some interesting memories. Glad you made it to the Capitol event. Just after the dCS folks were in L.A. they came up here to the Bay Area and spent dinner and the following day with customers at Music Lovers Audio in Berkeley. Got to hear the Vivaldi One in conjunction with Wilson Alexia Series 2 powered by Nagra preamp and mono blocks. Very nice. About the Shelby Lynne album, I have found something curious: on a few cuts you can hear what sounds like tape print through. By that I mean just before she hits a lyric there's silence followed by the lead in of her voice that's oh so quiet, which is quickly followed by the same phrase, with full on sound. Really odd. If you don't hear it that will have me chasing down other copies of the music. These days the provenance of music is getting to be as tough to deal with as art work.
  5. dCS Network Bridge

    Not clear when updates wIll happen, though I’d think soon. Likely to include not only USB but also MQA and numerous fixes. Hope that once they’re released Chris will reveal his long promised review.
  6. dCS Network Bridge

    Seems that the Antipodes has much in common, along with limitations, of similar music servers like the Aurender N10. Because they are an attempt to put all the key pieces into a single box, you might be left high and dry if the direction of music leans more towards distributed designs, like Roon. And with the viability of MQA and other streaming technologies, you might be left shortchanged. Over time, as this area of music playback becomes more mature and settled, the safer a single box choice will become.
  7. dCS Network Bridge

    I had the Aurender N10 in my system well before putting in the Network Bridge (see my review comments from May). I suppose using the Network Bridge, not only for it's functional capabilities but for its sonics, will depend on the level of your system and the alternatives. From your signature you're already using some very highest end components. Allowing the Roon source to send out the data stream to a dCS NB and connecting it via S/PDIF to your Yggdrasil would be a step up over using the microRendu (even if, as I did, you're using the Signature LPS). But I'd try it in your system first.
  8. dCS Network Bridge

    So, what is the network path from your Roon app to the Roon Core? If it's app to FIOS to Airport Express and then Roon Core then you're traversing multiple networks. Delays aplenty it would appear. You might try using an app like Fing to do pinging to the Roon Core to see how that performs.
  9. dCS Network Bridge

    Best to ask this directly of dCS via their web site to get explicit confirmation.
  10. dCS Network Bridge

    Unless I'm wrong, it's your AirPort Extreme that is the focal point of your network, not the FIOS. The FIOS is really just your gateway to the Internet. It is on another network altogether (you can verify that by logging into the FIOS). It is the gateway address you'd see in your AirPort Extreme. If your Airport Extreme's WiFi is extremely busy due to servicing many concurrent devices or streaming traffic, that would explain delays which could result in the Roon behavior.
  11. dCS Network Bridge

    Sounds like a networking issue, and I'd start by rebooting/restarting the AirExpress and then the MacMini. Also, you might consider reserving IP addresses for the dCS, though that seems unlikely to be the real source of the problem. I'm betting its the WiFi that is the culprit. The app on the MacBook Air is having issues in finding its way or getting the Roon Core to respond in a reasonable amount of time.
  12. Article: McIntosh D1100 Digital Preamplifier DAC Review - Part  Two

    Being the nudge that I am, where's your review of the dCS Network Bridge? I see it's still on your Associated Equipment list (though the Rossini seems to have disappeared). And I recommend that if you've not already done so, install the Berkeley Ref. firmware update. Does great things for PCM, and it offers up MQA rendering as well (though I've yet to bother with that aspect; happy enough with redbook and high res. on from my NAS box).
  13. dCS Network Bridge

    Been checking the use of a browser for the dCS NB and though there are some settings for the network, many other settings appear to be missing. Maybe there's some way to get to them. But I'm not seeing how. Best to send an email via the web site https://www.dcsltd.co.uk/product-support/contact/ to get a definitive answer.
  14. Per the manual which you can download from their site: MQA When a valid MQA Core decoded signal is present on the selected digital input, MQA is displayed on the 3 digit LED display instead of the input signal sample rate and MQA rendering is performed. Momentarily pushing the MODE button on the remote control shows the MQA original sample rate on the 3 digit LED display followed by the regular mode status
  15. Received the firmware update instructions Thursday morning. After some challenges, I got it installed and proceeded to be enthralled with the much improved sonics. Run, don't walk, to get this in your Reference DAC.