What is the iFi Bridge?
The iFi Bridge allows any UPnP / DLNA device (Universal Plug and Play / Digital Living Network Alliance) to become a playback option on Roon. For devices that are also MQA compatible such as the iDSD Pro, the iFi Bridge allows for MQA and Gapless over a network which was previously unachievable.
How does it work?
The application connects with UPnP / DLNA devices found on your network and acts as a bridge between the Roon application and your device. It disguises each device as a ‘Logitech Squeezebox device’ which is compatible with Roon allowing audio playback over network successfully.
Please note, we are unable to shed any light for Mac or Linux users - Also we have created this with our own findings, if you have any problems please report them to us, however, we will try our best to resolve any issues but can not guarantee due to many combinations/variations of customers computer setups etc.
What is MQA?
MQA Stands for Master Quality Authenticated – it is a method of delivering large hi-res recorded music into a small file size so that everyone can stream it. It allows for hi-res audio without the need for super-fast internet and large amounts of storage. To ‘unfold’ MQA you will need a Core decoder (with software such as Tidal) and an MQA renderer (with hardware such as Zen DAC, xDSD, iOne etc.) or you can use an MQA Full decoder such as the iDSD Pro which handles all stages of the unfolding process for the best sound quality.
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