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I've now had more of a chance to play with this device. It's pretty cool and the integration with my Denon receiver (2809) is good (with one fatal flaw). The issue seems to be more on the reciver side than this device. I have playback of lossless working fine with J River MC running their DNLA server customized for Denon. It transcodes all my lossless wma into wav, which the asd-51n handles just fine.
The problem is with the digital/iPod settings. Again, this seems to be more of a receiver issue than the device. But hey, they are both Denon's. Shouldn't they work well together? The issue is with the digital out. The only way to enable digital out on the 2809 is to disable the iPod interface. This applies for streaming as well as if you have the iPod plugged in. Analog does not have this issue.
What I mean by "iPod interface" is if you connect this device to your Denon receiver through a control port, the User Interface is taken over by the receiver and you see a nice "now playing" list on the attached monitor. Also the song name and time remaining shows up on the receiver. This is pretty nice integration.
However, the fatal flaw is - you can't have both at the same time. If you want digital audio, you must disable the iPod interface. This means you don't get the cool gui anymore through the Denon. I have no idea what they were thinking on this one. Why offer a digital out if it can't be cleanly integrated with your own brand receiver??
Other than that I have no complaints. The device works nicely with analog.
[update - Denon 2809ci receiver]