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How to setup the Bridge II to stream MQA through Tidal

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Using rear toggle switch on your DirectStream DAC or DirectStream Junior, power down your unit. Power unit back up. Update Bridge— DirectStream DAC: Select Bridge II as input then press the Network Button.  Bottom of the screen will show available firmware update. Select update. DirectStream Jr: Long-press input button to enter setup-screen.  Short-press input button […]

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How To Update Bridge II

Posted 1 year ago under , , ,

Bridge II is built into DirectStream Junior, and available as a network streaming option for DirectStream and PerfectWave DAC customers. Bridge II, with the latest firmware installed, can become a Roon Endpoint – making any of our DACs with Bridge II installed, Roon Ready. Roon is available on a monthly rental basis or for a single lifetime purchase […]

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How To Make a $50 Pair Of High End XLR Cables

Posted 11 months ago

From enthusiasts who deny their contribution to those who spend thousands on them, cables are one of the more highly debated topics in audio. While building a system, this widespread skepticism and polarization can leave an audiophile scratching his or her head about how much they should spend. My opinion is that there are falsities […]

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How Do CD Players Work?

Posted 11 months ago

Most of us understand what a CD player is; a box we insert CDs and play them. But, what’s going on inside? How do they work? What are the basic elements of a CD player and why do Audiophiles not use them very often, preferring instead CD transports and DACs? Back to the beginning On October […]

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How To Connect Your Speakers Properly

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These instructions will walk you through the process of connecting up your system correctly. It is specific to the PS Audio ELAC Sprout system, but will also apply to any other speaker, amplifier, integrated, receiver setup. Use these guidelines for every system. Proper polarity Connecting loudspeakers to a receiver, integrated, or power amplifier is easy, […]

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How to setup JRiver and the Bridge

Posted 3 years ago under , ,

These instructions are for Windows computers but with few exceptions, they are the same for Mac versions of Jriver. This tutorial applies to both Bridge 1 and Bridge II. First step is to make sure your computer is connected, via an ethernet cable, to your home router.  Second step is to make sure the PerfectWave […]

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How to play Tidal on Bridge II

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Playing TIDAL from an Andriod device using mConnect is very easy. Simply press the browser button. The browser menu will open. Select your TIDAL account and enter your username and password. Then, Select the play to button. Then select the Bridge II. Allow the software to connect and select your file from the library.   […]

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How to setup JRiver 19 for DSD playback

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Setup PS Audio PerfectWave DSD DAC in JRiver version 19 with a USB connection to your computer (instructions for network streaming at the end of this page): Download and launch JRiver version 19.  Connect the PerfectWave DSD DAC to your Windows computer using a USB cable. Now to configure JRiver to play to the PerfectWave DSD […]

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How To Setup A Static IP Address

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DHCP is the standard means of routers and devices to connect over a network. DHCP basically means network devices will automatically be assigned an IP address (specific location). Sometimes DHCP will not make an automatic connection in your network. If this happens, and your connection to PS Audio’s Bridge is severed then you can instead create a static […]

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How to eject a disc stuck in the PWT

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It is rare, but sometimes a disc can get stuck in the drawer of the PerfectWave Transport disc player. We’ve seen instances where two discs have been placed in the drawer by mistake, and other times it just happens. If, for whatever reason, a disc gets caught in the drawer and the touch eject function (on […]

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How to practice best grounding

Posted 1 year ago

In stereo systems of the highest caliber, ensuring proper grounding is critical. Hums, buzzes, ticks and pops can often be avoided by practicing proper, safe, grounding techniques. One of the worst offenders of good grounding practices is the cable TV provider. If there are any connections between your stereo system and cable TV, you might […]

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How to find and fix hum in 3 easy steps

Posted 4 years ago under

If your stereo or video system has a hum or buzz coming from the loudspeakers, there are several easy steps you can take to discover what the cause and cure will be. If you need a more extensive procedure, click here for the extended version. The first three steps are to narrow down where the […]

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How To Find and Fix Hum Extended

Posted 11 months ago

This is the extended version. There is a shorter 3-step version available here. Very few audio or video systems are dead quiet. There are usually always a few hum related problems. If your system has a bit of hum , is it the transformer or a ground loop? How do you determine the source of […]

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How to build a music server

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Here are instructions on how to build a high quality. easy to use Music Server for less than $1,000.  This article is distilled from Paul’s Post series, starting here. With the goal of a small, quiet, affordable, lightweight box without a keyboard, mouse or screen, the choices available to us narrow down quickly. Many of […]

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How To manage your library in iTunes

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Managing your media library properly can bring great rewards.  If you are using iTunes as a management tool on a Mac, make sure you use an aftermarket program such as Bit Perfect, Audirvana, Pure Music or Amarra to get the sound right. Our specific recommendation is for Bit Perfect. If you are running iTunes in […]

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How to use an external HD with iTunes

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In many cases we may wish to use iTunes as our media interface, especially if we use an add on program to help iTunes sound good such as, Bit Perfect, Amarra, Pure Music, Audirvana.  And when using iTunes as the media organizer for ur library, we may also wish to store our media on an […]

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How to adjust the VTA of a turntable

Posted 4 years ago under

The VTA (Vertical Tracking Angle) of a tone arm on a record player is a critical adjustment for good sound. Many people would encourage turntable owners to play with the angle until the vinyl sound right. We would agree. However, there is a bit more science to it than just listening. VTA or vertical tracking […]

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How to upgrade the DirectStream Operating System

Posted 2 years ago under

One of the beauties of DirectStream and DirectStream Junior DACs are their ability to have their operating systems upgraded. Operating system upgrades bring new levels of performance to your DirectStream, similar to a physical hardware update. Operating system upgrades are typically free. Installing new firmware on DirectStream or DirectStream Junior is a simple procedure. The entire […]

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How to update with an SD card

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Many of PS Audio’s products enjoy the benefits of updates to keep them sounding great as well as fix bugs and make improvements to functionality. These updates are typically performed through the use of an SD memory card. This video explains how to perform this function. The types of SD cards and formatting them can […]

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How to format an SD Card

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Sometimes it is necessary to format or reformat an SD card before using it to upgrade firmware in a PS Audio product. Cards can become corrupt and reformatting them typically brings them back to life. We recommend downloading an application, offered freely by the SD Card foundation, specific to the task. For Mac computers, use […]

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How to install a DSD kit

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The DirectStream DAC is one of the best DACS ever built. Many will wish to convert their older PerfectWave DACS to this new reference standard. Conversion Kits may be purchased to convert. The three videos below will help you make the installation easy and rewarding.

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