I just wanted to take a second to reintroduce myself as my role on the Roon Community site is changing. I originally started posting here 18 months ago in an effort to help my friends at dCS as they began their Roon Ready product roll-out. Since then I’ve been trying to act as a resource for dCS-related issues and provide assistance where I can to the community at large.
At the start of this year my unofficial relationship with dCS became official and I joined their product management team as the Programme Manager for streaming audio. In this role I’ll be responsible for managing the software development and testing activities for the network streaming functionality in all current and future dCS products. I’ll also be developing a networking and computer audio training program for our worldwide network of dealers and distributors as well as providing support to our customers and partners.
I’ll continue to monitor the Roon Community site for all things dCS-related and will be acting as the caretaker of the dCS category of the forum. In the coming weeks I’ll be adding some pinned threads to the dCS area to provide some general setup and troubleshooting information as well as links to useful resources for dCS owners.
If you have a support issue related to using your dCS product with Roon please post it in the #support area and feel free to flag me (@AMP) so that I’m sure to see it. If you have general questions about dCS products, a dCS-specific issue, or would just like to bring something to our attention please feel free to post in the #audio-products:dcs area.
Hi, @AMP I just don’t understand; I have my Mac book Air 2017 connected to 8TB usb3 external hard disk on which my audio files are, also I have connected Chord mojo( soon to be upgraded) to Mac Air usb and Roon is installed of course on Air and have also subscribed to Tidal. my question is where shall I put dCS Bridge in this layout?
Hi Andrew - I’m considering a DCS DAC, to use with my new Roon Nucleus+. Is is possible and/or advisable to directly connect the Nucelus via USB to something like the Vivaldi DAC, or would I be better off choosing something like the Rossini and connecting via ethernet through the network?
For best possible performance with Roon you’ll want to use some sort of networked endpoint rather than connecting the DAC directly to the core. That doesn’t mean that connecting the DAC directly to the core is bad, it just means that performance will improve if you separate the playback functions from the core.
Now, having said that…
In my experience the difference between the Vivaldi and Rossini in terms of absolute performance is far greater than the difference in performance between a networked endpoint and once connected directly to the core. In other words, the Vivaldi DAC connected to the core via USB will definitely outperform the Rossini connected via the network. I’ve done the comparison many times and it’s not a subtle difference.
The Vivaldi DAC will perform best using the Vivaldi Upsampler as the streaming source. Should that be a stretch then the Network Bridge comes in a close second in terms of performance. If neither of these are possible right now they can always be added later with a USB connection used in the mean time.
I would like to hear some comments on why Roon rock with teddy pardo lps and quality patch-cord sounds more edgy and harsh than mosaic on my bartok and is there a way to get Roon play more like mosaic because I really like Roon interface and user friendliness but cause mosaic simply sounds better I stopped using Roon.
For rock I’m using 7 generation nuc with lps and everything not needed switched off in bios.
Hi Andrew, thank you for all your excellent work in answering dCS related questions. Here is mine: I added a Vivaldi DAC last December and have been astonished at how much better it is compared to my already world-class DAC (which shall remain nameless). Having tasted the sweet dCS audio ambrosia I am now thinking of my next upgrade. I am debating between the Vivaldi Master Clock and the Upsampler as my next move. For further background, I am running the Antipodes CX as my Roon Core and the Antipodes EX as the Roon endpoint (renderer). The Vivaldi connects via USB. Which of these two dCS products would give me the biggest bang for my buck? I expect that both will eventually find a home in my system. I have no need for spinning CDs so I won’t ever be looking at a Transport. Thank you!
Hello, my personal experience. Started by a Vivaldi DAC and bought 2 month after a Vivaldi Upsampler to replace first my Network Bridge. I have been impressed by the upsampler filters and upsampling functions (DSD and DxD) which are better than Roon upsampling according to me. Anyway 3 months after I also ordered the vivaldi clock to make a step forward. This was my path.
Hi Patatorz, thank you for your insight. I have also posed this question on the dCS Community Forum and the consensus seems to be DAC then Upsampler then Clock. I have made enquiries with my dealer. I have to say that the Vivaldi DAC was a revelation over my previous DAC, which made the TAS cover photo when it was reviewed there. The word that kept coming to mind while listening to the Vivaldi was (and is) “extraordinary”.
Hello @AMP, I have a question about dcs network bridge. Is there a way to reset network settings somehow, when there is no access to its UI in browser. Let’s say I entered wrong information in network settings (static IP) and after save lost connection to NB. How can I fix that?