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For what is worth, my suggestion would be to focus on both sound quality AND ease of use. I'm not the most IT savvy and found the streaming feature of the PS Audio DS Junior challenging and never got it to work. If you are more proficient, this may not be an issue.
As for sound quality,I the PS/DS sounded good using a W4S modified Sonos as a source. Later, I bought a Resonessence Mirus DAC, which sounded different but not significantly better than the PS/DS. I then sold the Mirus and upgraded my source with the Sonore MicroRendu, Uptone Audio LPS1, Cardas USB connector and DC cable and Sonic Transport I5 Server. Wow... I can honestly say that this setup with Roon, Hegel integrated with its modest internal dac and Harbeth 30.1 speakers is the most engaging, natural sound ever and the system is simple to use. After trying several dacs, including some not mentioned, the lesson I learned is that the quality of streaming device just as important as the DAC, maybe more so. If it were me, I would lean towards the Brooklyn DAC and MicroRendu.
I went with Bluesound Node to see if it was as good as advertised.
Though I have only used it for a few days, I am impressed. I bypass the Bluesound DAC and use my Schiit Dac's.
Bluesound can integrate with Tidal, so I have access to MQA, too.
I hate investing in a format that may not achieve the universal usage the developers envisioned. And, if it does, then the cost of ownership should come down, as well.
I’m going with the Brooklyn and a streamer. I’m not sure what streamer yet, but the Node2 is a possibility using the passthru feature. I’m wondering if a Digione USBridge would work since it’s even cheaper. I could go from a PC desktop but I want a remote app for control and volume. Any thoughts anyone?
I am interested in choosing between this pair of DACs aalso and would very much like to read more comparative info about both of them.
I lean to the DirectStream because of the infinitely free upgradable feature. And also because the decision to go all DSD sounds plausible, that it greatly simplifies the internals and the resulting sound is very analog. Whenever I read “it sounds analog”, my ears perk up.