…and I may just be your ideal person to help. Given my prior twelve years at that establishment before joining dCS!
OK - That’s interesting … I don’t have my Rossini and Clock here any longer as they were needed but I don’t ever remember feeling that there was any kind of downside to using TIDAL via Mosaic or Roon either … both are definitely bit-perfect transports too.
Sort of … One function is definitely streaming but the other is the upsampler functionality.
Now, if you had the incredible pleasure of conversing with me in my days when I was still “there” you hopefully found me quite straight talking and not at all happy with fluffy HiFi nonsense?
So, upsampling annoys me, it annoys me because logical me says it can’t work and I’m not going to insult you by referring you to a dCS white paper telling you what it does and how amazing it is but it IS a very nice tool to have in your audio toolbox and there’s a lot of independent information out there that goes into what it does as far as performance in the real world and I’m sure many forum members who will tell you here what it does and that it’s a major dCS feature.
It is and you’ll be able to try it for yourself when you demo the Vivaldi Upsampler…
It definitely provides that streaming and network functionality but IMO the upsampling is the main benefit…
The Vivaldi Clock is of much more use with the DAC and Upsampler (and transport if you have one) as it gives a master reference clock for the devices to sync to … it doesn’t have the same functionality with external sources that aren’t synchronised to the Vivaldi Clock.
In fact, if your external unsynchronised sources drift too much then you can end up having to turn off using the Vivaldi Clock as a clock source on that input and use the input signal as a clock source instead.
Hopefully that answers your immediate questions … of course if you have more then please drop a reply and I’ll try to help as much as I can.