Yeah, a search here turned up just a bit more than 1 page of hits. I haven't searched the whole web though.
Well, one reason I brought it up is that the Roku performs sample rate conversion on everything (even lossless) to 48KHz.
I read in a Stereophile review:http://www.stereophile.com/mediaservers/507roku/index4.html#
Also discussed here:http://www.avforums.com/forums/streamers-network-music-players/321516-roku-soundbridge-v-squeeze-box-3-a.html#post2719582
I have been listening to this "up sampling" for more than a month, and find it obvious that those who talk the Soundbridge down based on that are simply incorrect. It reminds me of that "green marker trick" on CDs.
Back in the beginning days of DVD, I designed DVD circuitry and software, including sample rate converters. There are many ways to perform sample rate conversion, and with the right algorithm, the "side effects" are not even measurable!
Despite misinformation spewed across the internet, the truth is that samples are NOT DROPPED by decent sample rate conversion algorithms, and the real difference from algorithm to algorithm in the case of 44.1KHz to 48KHz rates is in the reconstruction filter (number of taps, response shape, etc.) . With today's powerful DSPs (Soundbridge uses a 400MHz Blackfin), performing this filtering is easy.
OK, the bottom line is the sound. The output of the Soundbridge is optical S/PDIF (a.k.a. TosLink), but this is a minor factor in my opinion due to the great hardware in todays D/A converter systems to re-clock the data with virtually no jitter. The end result is a system that sounds pretty much perfect, as does the Wadia dock playing lossless files or a CD transport outputting the same data. After all, it's just data
, and when the bits are the same, and the clock has no jitter, the sound is the same.
Overall, I am very pleased with the Soundbridge. I even purchased an app for my iPod Touch that lets me control it from remote over the network. It displays album art and lyrics automatically. The volume is also adjustable from remote. I have a remote app on my PC as well.
I'm looking forward to some sort of response. This is not just about Soundbridge. It's also about my statements regarding sample rate conversion, clocking, and data accuracy. This is what I love about digital audio...