Sonore uPnP Bridge from Small Green Computers arrived today. Beware import tax!
Now, this is what I have been talking about! It sounds different. To my ears, better. Much more so.
John Coltrane on Chim Chim Cheree on Qobuz didn’t make me feel the energy with a ChomeCast Audio. In my rig, the CCA path sounded muddier and I did not get the unconscious head bopping. With the Sonore uPnP, the energy was there, the drumming and cymbals came through clearer I was back at a pre-lockdown live jazz gig. Bernstein’s Beethoven Symphony VII (again Qobuz - 2004 version) 2nd movement again sounded clearer and was able to hear the strings, again with more energy. Tingles down the neck.
In case anyone else reading this wants to know how to set up the Sonore uPnP Bridge (could not find comprehensive instructions anywhere else):
Plugged directly into my router with ethernet with Audioquest Cinnamon cable, using iFi power supply that I had previously used with ChromeCast Audio.
In the instructions for the uPnP Bridge, they explain to plug everything in and then load up http://www.sonicorber.com on a web browser on a computer connected to the same network. It is a website where you can connect directly to the Bridge. On the site there is a box labelled “Music Servers” and “Network Players.” The uPnP Bridge appears under the Music Servers.
Click on Manage on the right side of the uPnP Bridge Box.
You want it to function as a uPnP Bridge, so at the top of the manage screen are tabs (Home, Apps, Settings, Help, System), click on Apps. (I mention this because of the colour scheme of my browser and lack of sleep I did not initially see the tabs at all).
Click on “Sonore uPnP Bridge,” it is a blue logo with what looks like a white suspension bridge drawn in cartoon form.
Then click on the tab “Settings” from step 4.
Click on “Sonore uPnP Bridge,” it has the same logo from the Apps screen, from steps 4 and 5.
There are 4 boxes in this screen,
i) Player Name
ii) Renderer Name
iii) Max Sample Rate
iv) Output Format
Just to the right of the second box, “Renderer Name” is a dropdown box labelled “Available Renderers.” The Bridge seems to scan the network and after it finished scanning, my 272 was in the dropdown menu. Select that.
NB: at this point, I do not know which are the best settings for the other boxes mentioned above, if anyone else has any experience, please chip in. I left the max sample rate as the default “none,” and changed the “Output Format” to LPCM. It was beyond my technical expertise to decipher in the forums (both here and Roon) which one to use. Again, please chip in if you have more experience.
Fired up Roon. In Settings: Setup: Enable Squeezebox Support- this slider should be to the right/turned on.
Still in Roon: Settings: Audio at the bottom of the page, I saw the Sonore uPnP Bridge! Huzzah!
NB: very unsure of the settings within device setup (DSD May be one of those “it’s however you want to hear it best,” things but sometimes life is too short to be messing around forever, so if anyone can suggest options for these for future generations of 272 owners who quite like Roon:
a) DSD Playback Strategy:
Convert to PCM
DSD over PCM v1.0 (DoP)
Initial dCS method
b) MQA Capabilities:
No MQA Support
Decoder and Renderer
c) Use FLAC Compression?
d) Max Sample Rate (PCM)
I am assuming up to 192kHz is the best one here
e) Enable MQA Core Decoder
f) Multichannel Mixing
Channel Mapping Only
Downmix as needed
P.S. As a nifty unexpected bonus, can change the volume on the 272 from Roon, so no more having to switch between apps/find the remote/actually stand up, walk across the room to the unit and manually change the volume.
Thanks for all of your help, guys.