dCS Network Bridge

The dCS Network Bridge acts as an elegantly simple but hugely powerful interface between your digital music and your DAC

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dCS Network Bridge

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dCS Network Bridge

The dCS Network Bridge acts as an elegantly simple but hugely powerful interface between your digital music and your DAC.

The hardware platform in Network Bridge enables you to stream high resolution music files from network attached storage, connected USB drives, online streaming services as well as Apple devices via Apple Airplay, outputting bit perfect audio direct to your DAC.

The native Network Bridge app provides full control of the streaming capabilities as well as the input, output and clock settings.

The Network Bridge app is based on the same network streaming and app technology used in their flagship Vivaldi series – providing an intuitive interface for you to quickly and easily organise and manage your entire digital music library.

Designed for simplicity, a single, powerful FPGA platform is the heart of the unit and the Network Bridge is Roon™ready, also supporting streaming services such as TIDAL™, and Spotify™.

Featuring clean, bit-perfect operation, the Network Bridge currently plays files sampled at rates up to 24-bit, 384kS/s, supporting all major lossless codecs, plus DSD/64 or DSD/128 in native or DoP formats.

Compatibility with legacy dCS DACs is assured by an integer down-sampling feature.

This downsampling feature converts high res data (for example DXD or DSD) to 24 bit PCM at either 176.4/192kS/s or 88.2/96kS/s – bringing the data within a range supported by your DAC.

Network Bridge also supports the simple yet highly effective dCS ‘auto clocking’ architecture as used in Vivaldi and Rossini, which minimises jitter and improves sound quality significantly.

The Network Bridge firmware can be updated easily from the internet using the control section of the app.

This allows dCS to add new features or improve the performance of the product during its production lifetime.

Designed and made in Great Britain to the highest standards, Network Bridge’s elegant chassis uses aerospace-grade machined aluminium to reduce sound-degrading mechanical vibration and magnetic effects.

Multi-stage power regulation is employed to isolate the sensitive clock circuitry from digital processing noise.

Features

dCS Network Bridge Black
  • Streamlined FPGA-based design.
  • Accepts data from UPnP, asynchronous USB-on-the- Go and Apple Airplay.
  • Streaming services supported include TIDAL, and Spotify Connect.
  • Roon ready.
  • Optional down-sampling to match legacy DACs.
  • Auto clocking system improves ease of use and minimises jitter.
  • Multi-stage power regulation isolates digital and sensitive clock circuitry.
  • Firmware-upgradeable from the internet for future functionality and performance upgrades.
  • MQA™ Core Decoder unfolds the MQA™ file once to deliver even higher than CD-quality. The first unfold recovers all the direct music-related information. Output is 88.2kHz or 96kHz.

Specifications dCS Network Bridge

dCS Network Bridge specifications
  • Type 

Network Bridge

  • Colour 

Silver or black

  • Dimensions 

360mm/14.2” wide x 245mm/9.65” deep x 67mm/2.65” high. Allow extra depth for cable connectors.

  • Weight 

4.6kg/10.2lbs.

  • 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 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 

2x 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. 1x SPDIF on 1x RCA Phono connector, outputs PCM at up to 24 bit 192kS/s or DSD/64 in DoP format. 1x SDIF-2 interface on 2x BNC connectors, outputs PCM at up to 24 bit 96kS/s or SDIF-2 DSD/64.

  • Wordclock I/Oworldclock Io 

2x Word Clock Inputs on 2x BNC connectors, accept standard word clock at 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 or 192kHz. The data rate can be the same as the clock rate or an exact multiple of the clock rate. Sensitive to TTL levels. Word Clock Output on 1x BNC connector, carries Word Clock at the same frequency as the data rate up to 96kHz.

  • File Formats 

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.

  • Conversions 

User-selectable down-sampling to match legacy DACs: – 176.4 & 352.8 > 24/176.4 or 24/88.2 – 192 & 384 > 24/192 or 24/96 – DSD/64 & DSD/128 > 24/176.4 or 24/88.2 This feature is set by the Network Bridge App.

  • Software Updates 

Download and update functionality available via the Network Bridge App.

  • Local Control 

dCS Network Bridge App for Unit Configuration and Music Playback or UPnP compatible control app.

  • Power Supply 

Factory set to either 100-120, 220-240V AC, 50/60Hz.

  • Power Consumption 

6.5W typical, 50W maximum.

Brand

dCS

dCS

Founded in Cambridge, UK, by a group of expert electronic engineers, Data Conversion Systems originally designed and manufactured high performance analogue-to-digital converters (ADCs) and digital-to-analogue converters (DACs) for major telecommunications companies and military agencies, whose primary requirement was technology that delivered state-of-the-art precision, linearity and reliability.

Their success in this field meant that dCS quickly became known for the performance of its converters and so, recognising in the late nineteen eighties that this technology had a key role in music recording and playback, the company decided to concentrate on developing products for the recording industry.

While the focus had changed, their commitment to producing systems of unrivalled accuracy had not, and consequently their products were – and still are – used by some of the world’s most successful recording studios and personnel.

dCS recruited some of the smartest and most creative digital audio engineers in the world, and the company evolved into producing digital hi-fi sources which let music lovers enjoy sound of unrivalled quality in their own home.

This focus on Research & Development also resulted in a range of proprietary dCS technologies of which the most significant is the legendary dCS Ring DAC™.

Their products continue to set new standards of performance in terms of both objective test measurements and subjective listening

Performance Matters

At dCS they care deeply about meeting their own uncompromisingly high standards.

They hope their products stir a passion for music that lasts a lifetime and their greatest success is that products become invisible, leaving you the listener with only the music.

Delighted customers and industry recognition have followed them too.

Over the last quarter of a century dCS has amassed a wealth of awards

Additional information

Weight 5 kg
Colour

Black, Silver

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