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  1. I have the following stuff currently: Chromecast Audio (CA) Synology NAS 1515+ Macs Various iOS devices Android tablet For the most part I'm very impressed by the CA device. As far as I can tell when casting if using the optical connection on the CA the stream is sent from source to endpoint untouched. This is a good thing. (as a side note I know that I can't really hear the difference between 320kbps AAC and 24/96 FLAC, and I can't hear anything over 14kHz) There are a couple of issues with it that I have discovered, the first being that there isn't a native OS X or Windows SDK. I'm not a fan of browser based apps (primarily becasue I'm a web application developer and I'm always crashing my browser) I could live with that one becasue I have a bunch of iOS devices, and I can get Android tables if needed, but the one that is a complete deal breaker is that when streaming ANY files from my NAS there is no gapless support. Imagine listening to "Dark Side Of The Moon" with a 3 second (or longer) gap between "On The Run" and "Time". Ugh. Might as well not bother. I have tried a number of servers and apps to no avail. I have tried Plex, with web, iOS and Android clients. Gaps. I've tried adding BubbleUPnP Server. No help. I've tried DS Audio. Same. I've tried MinimServer with and without BubbleUPnP Server. Same. If I use BubbleUPnP on my Android device with a local renderer, as in not casting, the playback is gapless. So I know the client software is capable of gapless playback. If I cast Spotify from iOS or Android, that is also gapless, so I know that the CA device should handle it. I feel like I'm tantalizingly close here, and that I'm just being stupid and missing something obvious. I'm perfectly willing to buy software if needed, set up a linux or windows box, etc. My fallback position, and one that I really would rather avoid, is Sonos. Sonos is hugely expensive for what you get, and a friend of mine has them all over his house, and frankly not impressed with the sound. The Sonos Connect does basically the exact same thing as the CA for 10 times the price. My thinking here is that if CA will pass through the digital data from the source that I would spend my money on decent amps and speakers instead of proprietary Sonos stuff. Anyway, hopefully someone here has figured this out and is willing to share.
  2. Control Point Software for iOS

    Hello, I've been interested in network streaming for few years now, but have been constantly disappointed with the available control point apps for iOS. The hardware keeps getting better and better, but the software keeps lagging behind. Here's a summary of what I think is wrong: Browsing I shouldn't have to browse each media server in the layout presented by the server. This idea is an old one, from a time when a Palm Pilot was considered to be the ideal control point. We now have supercomputers in our pockets, but for some reason almost all of the software out there requires us to browse a directory layout, one folder at a time, to find a song to play. All of your connected music, from any number of media servers, should be fully indexed on the device for fast browsing, sorting and searching, and it should all be presented in a single, unified interface. Continued Playback When I exit the control point software to do something else on my phone (or to simply turn the screen off), playback of the queued up items should continue indefinitely. This sounds like a no-brainer, yet pretty much all of the software out there will stop playing when the current song is finished. Even worse, the lock screen controls are never available to show the current playback state. I don't believe you can have a good playback experience on a mobile device without this feature - it's just not possible. OpenHome can solve part of this problem, but only for a very limited number of devices. We need a generic solution for all devices. Gapless Playback This feature is limited to hardware devices that support it, but the majority of current apps ignore the feature entirely. I can't understand why, since the playback experience is so much better for those who own compatible devices. Output Support and Switching What if you own more than one network streamer from different hardware vendors, or some AirPlay or Chromecast devices in addition to your UPnP renderer? In many cases you would need to use a different control point for each type of renderer (If you can even find one that works for your source and renderer combination). This is crazy. I should be able to easily switch between all connected outputs (regardless of the streaming protocol), and maintain the current play queue and track position. Local Music Playback When I leave the house, I should be able to pick up playback where I left off. If I have the same library of music stored on my device (even if that music is stored in a lower quality format), I'd like to continue playback or be presented with the music I do have stored on the device to play something different. The interface should quickly and easily adapt to the change in connected sources, while maintaining a consistent experience. There's no reason I should have to use a different app for playback while I'm out and about. As a bonus, I should be able stream the music I have stored on my device to any external renderer. So that's my short list of what I wish I could find in an iOS app, and I have to believe that many of the readers here would agree with some or all of these items. After being continually disappointed with every app that I tried, I decided to do something about it. The result is a new iOS app called Glider Music Player that solves all of the above problems, and will hopefully do much more in the future. I would really love to hear any and all feedback about the app, or just your opinions on the current state of control point software for iOS. Thanks for listening!
  3. Best iOS controller?

    What is the best iOS app to use as a controller for upnp/dlna? Tried 8player and Sesam and they are quite poor. Any ideas?
  4. The DAC501 is Weiss Engineering's new state of the art D/A Converter with an unprecedented level of sophistication and versatility. With the DAC501 Weiss is creating a new paradigm for what used to be a black box device. A typical D/A Converter is a "set and forget" device. Not so with the DAC501. It adds a number of interesting signal processing features and sports a variety of digital inputs. Balanced, unbalanced and headphone outputs are provided. Weiss Engineering has a 30 year history in D/A Converter design. In that time span they have learned a thing or two about converter design. The DAC501 is the essence of their experiences. FEATURES Inputs AES/EBU or S/PDIF via XLR, Toslink and RCA UPnP / DLNA (via Ethernet) USB Accepted formats: PCM 44.1kHz up to 384 kHz, DSD 64x / 128x Future formats can be accommodated for via software updates Outputs Line out unbalanced on RCA connector Line out balanced on XLR connector Headphone out on 1/4" Jack Analogue One of the latest 32 bit D/A Converter chips is used Discrete output stages for both line and headphone outputs Signal Processing The DSP algorithms can be different depending on which output is selected (line or headphone). Some DSP algorithms have to work differently if they are used for headphones in comparison to speakers. Creative Equalizer - A tone control with low boost/cut, high boost/cut and mid boost/cut. Very useful to correct those recordings which do not quite fit your taste. De-Essing - The automatic removal of overly bright sibilances from human voices. The sibilance effect can be more or less pronounced depending on your speakers or room acoustics. Constant Volume - Adjusts the audio volume (loudness) to a constant value across all tracks played. Useful for "party mode" when the volume control should stay untouched. Vinyl Emulation - Get that special sonic character of a record player based playback chain. Crosstalk Cancelling (XTC) - For the playback of dummy head recordings or live recordings via speakers for an incredible live sensation. (For speaker based playback only.) Out Of Head Localization algorithm - Tries to get the music "out of your head" when listening via headphones. The goal is to achieve a similar listening sensation as one gets when listening via speakers. (For headphone based playback only.) The DAC501 is operated via the rotary encoder control on the faceplate, the touch sensitive color LCD display or the IR remote control. Some additional settings can be done via a web interface from any computer. Controls The DAC501 is operated via the rotary encoder control on the faceplate, the touch sensitive color LCD display or the IR remote control. Some additional settings can be done via a web interface from any computer. Mechanics The DAC501 has a similar size as the Weiss DAC202 unit. The DAC502 version is a larger size unit, similar to their MAN301 unit. The features of the DAC502 are the same as the ones of the DAC501. We've now begun accepting pre-orders. If you have any any questions about either DAC or would like to reserve one, please visit us at ciamara.com or give us a call a call at 1.844.CIAMARA High End Audio Store NYC - Experience Ciamara1.844.CIAMARA (1.844.242.6272)
  5. Hi Guys, 1st post and longtime lurker. This is a FANTASTIC site and I appreciate all of the expertise. For one of my systems, I want to use Tidal w/o a HTPC. To accomplish this, I am demoing the new Bel Canto REF Stream asynchronous ethernet renderer (see REFStream - e.One by Bel Canto ). For the record, it sounds gorgeous and it is a keeper. The reclocking added sonic value. The bonus is it streams with ease. I diverge.... Anyways, Bel Canto recommended I get the licensed version of Bubble UPnP for the Android. I bought a cheap Asus Android and it was a piece of cake to set-up. I am finally thoroughly delighted with the SQ of Tidal steaming and easy of use. My question is, what sort of UPnP programs are people using with the iPad/iOS? I prefer to stick with one tablet platform. Thanks! Sincerely, Steve
  6. NAS-less Network attached storage

    Hello CA Community. I have a question that I was hoping someone could help me answer...: I recently bought a Asus AC1900 router and was surprised to see that it has DLNA/UPNP software built-in... to the router. I was thinking of upgrading my old 2TB HP NAS, but now I am trying to figure out why I would buy another NAS if I could just plug one (or more) HDDs into the ASUS router and be done with it. No noise, no fans, at least as quiet as, say, a Q-NAP. So, bottom line: with UPNP software built into the router, is there ANY REASON AT ALL that l I would benefit from buying a new NAS? (I don't care about AirPlay/streaming over the internet, etc., just playing music on my PC/QB-9DSD and, maybe in the future, a steamer, like the Linn DS or PS Audio Bridge.) Thanks for any advice that you can give me!
  7. AirSmart Player is a brand new DLNA/UPnP control point app, it plays music from smart phone, tablet, local music server, Internet music services and Internet radios. AirSmart Player plays music to DLNA/UPnP speakers through Wi-Fi or LAN, speakers can be located in other rooms, 24bit/192kHz High-res files are supported. AirSmart Player is a multiroom aware music player, it plays different music to different room speakers at the same time, switching to other room is two taps away. You can see all your speakers on the same interface and control them easily. AirSmart Player instantly upgrades existing DLNA/UPNP speaker setup to a new multiroom environment. Working with compatible speakers, AirSmart Player provides advanced multiroom capabilities, such as multiroom synchronized play, speaker zone configuration and stereo pair. AirSmart Player beta is now available on Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gk.airsmart.main , Internet Radio and Music services will be added later on, local music streaming and local DLNA music server access are functional. Welcome to have a test drive. Cheers Jack
  8. Greetings, I have an Actiontec router from Verizon Fios. It is very buggy with UPNP devices as well as other network devices. Anyone else have issues, or is it just me? I'm having trouble with my Sonore Rendu (just checked by them, and its working fine) as well as with printers and NAS drives. They work sometimes, but then I need to reboot, clear out the DNS table, etc etc to get them up again. I'm about to go down the route of getting my own router, but its some extra work and cost I'd rather avoid. Any hints, or should I just dump their router? Many thanks, Matt
  9. I love me some AppleTV, but it doesn't do FLAC and iTunes doesn't either. The video interface is alright but I only use it for video. Music I choose from iTunes and stream it to the AppleTV. My wife knows how this works. I love me some Squeezebox Touch but there are so many moving parts to making it work right. I've got to handle file management on my computer with Windows Explorer (I could do Mac too). I've got to rip CDs and ensure proper metadata and bit perfection (dbpoweramp). I've got to examine and change metadata when needed (mediamonkey). I've got to rescan the library for changes. And there's no video from the Squeezebox, not counting that little screen. Too complicated a system for my wife and children. I've attempted to convert FLAC files to Apple Lossless (high res) and the high resolution moves over fine but streaming to AppleTV downgrades the high res stuff it and the Squeezebox Touch downgrades it too. Enter UPNP. I'm toying around with UPNP servers right now. JRiver, MediaMonkey, Asset. Trying to figure out which one I like. But I also need a device (or two since I have two listening locations) where I can have a device connect to the UPNP server and get the files. I don't know what device to use - or where to begin looking for one. I have an Oppo 95 and the music sounds good of course, but the interface is lacking. Interface and usability are key. I don't want my wife to roll her eyes when I start to fiddle around with music. I want her to be able to do it. Any ideas? Let's not worry about budget yet. I'd like to see the whole range of options.
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