Hi there learned friends,
I have a problem that I’m not sure I know why / what is happening.
I need to understand how the bartok uses the upsampling of signals it receives…
My set up is just as in the ‘basic setup’ in the manual, PC source through ethernet to router and back out of ethernet to Bartok. I use Roon on the server (TheMemoryPlayer64) to control playback and have around 5000 albums stored in various formats on the music server.
I’ve noticed playing a 16/44.1 file will display on the bartok and have the upsampling set to dsdx2 - does the bartok upsample the 16/44.1 file on output? because I recently discovered a monumental shift in sound quality.
at the weekend whilst reading the manual and fiddling with other inputs from the server (USB/OPT) etc. I alos tried a uPNP signal from the server using JRiver where the DSP in the JRiver uPNP was set to output DSD in native DSDx2 format…
The sonic difference was a CHASM, monumental, huge uplift in sound quality. Absolute night and day difference. one that I can’t replicate with ROON. It seems the upsampling from the uPNP JRiver DSP is delivering a universal DSD signal to Bartok (as it displays dsd when a track is played despite it being a 16/44.1 file) but the difference in output is mindblowingly better. How is this.? uPNP is awkward, no gapless playback, I hate jriver interface and prefer to use ROON for many of the reasons we all choose it. but why this massive change?? does Bartok not take a signal from roon and upsample? I notice no difference whatsoever using changing bartok filters and no discernable difference changing dxd, dsd, dsdx2 on upsampling.
I’m confused and a little frustrated having spent hours trying to sort this config out. Am i doing something wrong? why can’t I achieve same sonic resolution through ROoon as happens through jRiver setup?