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Old 02-23-2019, 12:12 AM
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Hi all - I just purchased a directstream dac should have in a week or so.
I'm very new to using a DAC and digital streaming. Do I need something like Roon to stream tidal to the DAC? My DAC has the Bridge II network card. I don't have a local digital musical library to speak of so my intention is to subscribe to tidal premium (or something else?) and stream over my local wired network to the DAC. I have a ESX server I use and if I need to install any software I'm hoping I can run it as a VM and not dedicate a physical PC. I know these are basic questions so thanks in advanced.
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Old 02-23-2019, 12:42 AM
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denisl... Welcome to AA!
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Old 02-23-2019, 01:27 AM
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The Bridge II has it's own software mControl developed by the makers of the Bridge II plug in card and it is all you need to stream Tidal, Qobuz, Spotify and Internet Radio along with an IOS or Android device.
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Old 02-23-2019, 02:20 PM
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Thanks JMD just found this when searching for mcontrol. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.
https://www.psaudio.com/ps_how/how-t...through-tidal/
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Old 02-23-2019, 10:59 PM
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mControl is adequate to get started, is included with the Bridge II, and sounds pretty good. However, the interface is not very good. Roon is far better and you should be able to get it to work on your server as long as it’s on the same network.

Tidal is good and their library is terrific, but I think Qobuz sounds significantly better. The Qobuz high res tracks are much more natural and preferable to MQA on Tidal. I use both interchabably on Roon but prefer Qobuz.

The DSD DAC is superb, you’re going to love it. What’s the rest of your system?
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Old 02-24-2019, 11:58 PM
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Thanks JR - I'll check out Qubuz. Do I need Roon to control Qobuz?

My system is PrimaLuna Dialog HP amp and Dialog Preamp. I have an old Denon DP-47F turntable with a new DL-103R cart I just put on a couple of weeks ago. Standard power cables, bluejeans interconnects. My current speakers are hivi swan diva's that I had for about 10yrs but I have a pair of Sopra No.2's coming to my house in 2 days! I updated my signature with my system but I must have missed something because it's not showing up.
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Old 02-25-2019, 01:11 AM
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You don't "need" Roon to control anything. mControl will do anything you want to do including controlling a server. Qobuz, like Tidal and Internet Radio are built into the app once you sign up for the services using the desktop apps. Using Roon is an option and involves a preference for a particular interface but also requires extra gear and cost that is not necessary for someone just getting started.
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Old 02-25-2019, 09:23 AM
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That is correct. mControl will get you started as soon as you receive your DSD. Roon is just a far superior interface.
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