I have heard and indeed had on extended loan dCS products that I admired and respected, but somehow they seemed to be monolithic and not soulful for the type of listening I did. The Network Bridge and current generation of Vivaldi kit however feels to me to be different animals. They are extremely transparent, revealing, and natural sounding, and in my books are a state-of-the-art group of products and in the case of the Bridge, for a knock-down price.
So I’d say that if you are looking for a state-of-the art Network Bridge, together with the purchase of a hard-disk, you are being catapulted way up the audio ladder for a ridiculously reasonable outlay. However, you will only hear what the dCS can do, when partnered with a DAC of its equals and with a system to match.
Type: Streaming Bridge
Streaming Services Supported: Tidal and Spotify, with Chromecast to follow to enable Qobuz and MQA
Supported File Types: FLAC, AIFF & WAV – up to 24 bit PCM at 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192, 352.8 or 384kS/s. ALAC – up to 24 bit PCM at 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 & 192kS/s. AAC, MP3, WMA & OGG - up to 24 bit PCM at 44.1 or 48kS/s. DFF, DSF & DoP – DSD/64 & DSD/128. Apple AirPlay – 44.1 or 48kS/s.
Control Software: dCS Network Bridge App for Unit Configuration and Music Playback or UPnP compatible control app
Digital Inputs: Network interface on an RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet connector – Acts as a UPnP™ renderer operating in asynchronous mode, streaming digital music from a NAS or local computer over a standard Ethernet network, decoding all major formats. Network and built-in WiFi accept data streamed from an iPod, iPhone or iPad via Apple AirPlay™. Music can be streamed from the internet via Spotify Connect™ or Tidal™, the Network Bridge is Roon™ ready. USB 2.0 high speed interface on type A connector operating in asynchronous mode, streams digital music from external drive.
Digital Outputs: 2× AES/EBU on 3-pin male XLR connectors, each outputs PCM at up to 24 bit 192kS/s or DSD/64 in DoP format. Used as a Dual AES pair, the interface outputs PCM at up to 384kS/s, DSD/64 & DSD/128 in DoP format. 1× SPDIF on 1x RCA Phono connector, outputs PCM at up to 24 bit 192kS/s or DSD/64 in DoP format. 1× SDIF-2 interface on 2x BNC connectors, outputs PCM at up to 24 bit 96kS/s or SDIF-2 DSD/64.
Dimensions: 36cm/14.2” wide × 24.5mcm/9.65” deep × 6.7mcm/2.65” high
Manufacturer Information: Data Conversion Systems Ltd
UK Distributor Information: Absolute Sounds
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