I decided to go for a Network Streamer so I can keep my existing dCS kit.
I auditioned the dCS Network Bridge and a BlueSound Node 2 in £100,000 system at HiFi Lounge - wow!
It’s worth noting first what a great place HiFi Lounge is: multiple listening rooms (acoustically treated), high end kit and with Paul and Wendy being so helpfull and friendly.
The signal path was: Roon/NAS; dCS Network Bridge/BlueSound Node 2; dCS Rossini Player; Audio Research LS28; Audio Research Reference 160M; Martin Logan Renaissance ESL 15A.
I listened first to the BlueSound Node 2 and then the dCS network Bridge with a mix of music but mainly acoustic, classical and classical instrumental.
My preconception was that the differences in sound between the two would be small and I listened carefully to the Node 2 for some time finishing with a Bach Cello suite. It took me all of 10 seconds listening to the same suite on the dCS Network Bridge to know this was the one for me.
Via the dCS Network Bridge the music was almost overwhelming, making the Node 2 sound rough, ill focused and with a forward presentation by comparison.
My initial reaction was to reach for the credit card and put in an order, but then sat back for a while to enjoy the music while I could.
After tearing myself away, I put in an order for the dCS Network Bridge, which due to high demand, means I may have to wait a while. Time is dragging already!
Many thanks to all those who replied.