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Old 07-04-2015, 04:40 AM - Thread Starter
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CD player or Mp3/AAC?

I have a Sony 1050 AV receiver and am planning on getting new 5.1 speakers for < £1000. I also want to get a CD player for up to £350. I do not want to spend that much if I could just use my smartphone (LG G3) or 32gb USB 2.0 stick. I just never seem to understand how to get these things to work with the AV receiver. I can get them to work sometimes but other times I just get a message saying its not working, like when I tried to plug the USB stick into the amp. I had folders with MP3 files in them and the amp said something like "no compatible files found". I would find it a lot easier to just put a CD in. However, I'm not conviced its worth spending that much just because its easier to use. Will the quality of the sound be noticably better if I spend enough money to get a 'good' CD player?
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The Sony supports just about all popular compressed and uncompressed file formats. Was the USB stick directory structure:
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<artist>/
        <album>/
               <song>
               <song>
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Hmm, not sure. I will try again with that set up.

Also when I plug in my phone out says unsupported.
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Hmm, not sure. I will try again with that set up.

Also when I plug in my phone out says unsupported.
Its <artist>
<album>
then all the songs for that album are in one folder.
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Its <artist>
<album>
then all the songs for that album are in one folder.
Thank you, its working now.

I can only assume that I created a parent folder called Music that somehow meant it wouldn't work...

Now, I can hopefully move onto listening and thinking if it's worth me getting a decent CD player.
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Hi PAAAudio,

If your AVR is the Sony STR-DN1050, then you should be able to network stream the music files on your LG G3 smartphone to it, via UPnP/DLNA, so no need to plug your phone into the AVR.

You just need to install a UPnP/DLNA media server & controller app on the Android phone, eg the free version of the excellent BubbleUPnP app. You also need to make sure your AVR is connected to your network, either wired ethernet or by WiFi, as it supports both. So long as the music files' music category data tags have been set properly (eg artist, album, track no, etc) you shouldn't need to worry about the physical folder structure that they're actually stored in, since the media server will automatically build the music library from the tag info.

Have you tried any of this before?

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I used an app called Songpal but that only seemed to work sometimes. The AVR is connected via a cable. I also have wifi downstairs, its not very strong signal.

At the moment BubbleUPnP seems to be working well. I just wish I could tell if it's using the wired connection.

Using the usb stick with Max mp3 size has surprised me at just how good it sounds. My old speakers (Q Acoustics 1010i) have never sounded so good!
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Since you've got BubbleUPnP running on the phone, it will be wireless to wherever the WiFi access point is (usually a wireless router) and then on from the router/switch to your wired connected AVR.
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You could buy an inexpensive CD player like the Pro-ject, Parasound ZCD, Cambridge Topaz, etc. Look for one with a coaxial digital output so you have the option of connecting it to your receiver's D to A converter in case you prefer the sound from the Sony.
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