Originally Posted by codoug
Update 2: Got DLNA going. The fundamental issue was the network configuration. I was using a combination cable modem / wireless router supplied by the cable company (Suddenlink). To get the Airport Express to extend the wireless network I had to put an Airport Extreme in between the Suddenlink router and the Airport Express (a limitation of the Airport Express is that it can only extend a wireless network using an Apple base station). I had no access to the Suddenlink router setup and it, I finally figured out was not in bridge mode which would be needed to put the Airport Extreme and then the Airport Express in a "daisy chain". Bottom line is that the 818 claimed it was connected to the net but I suspect it was confused by too many choices. I dumped the Suddenlink modem, got my Motorola modem provisioned by the Suddenlink folks, connected my Airport Extreme and then plugged in the Airport Express. Now the 818 properly connects to the Airport Extreme base station wirelessly and I am listening to Mannheim Steamroller via WMP via DLNA. Woo hoo!
Oh, and the Airplay dropouts from iTunes on the PC have disappeared.
Still haven't got the Audyssey set up done. Sigh. Tomorrow, I hope.
Finally found time to go through the Audyssey set up. Pretty painless. I was concerned about two things: getting the sub set up right (a bit of a PITA with my old Pioneer AVR) and how well the upward-facing mic would do with my surrounds which, out of structural necessity, are in-ceiling. I need not have worried. The set up was straightforward and, thanks to good advice in this thread and in the Audyssey thread, I had good information on how to tweak the end results.
Some notes on the Audyssey set up:
- My sub is a Velodyne D4000R. The low pass crossover is a continuously-variable dial from 40-120 Hz with a "direct" position just beyond 120 Hz. I used the direct setting. The high pass crossover is a two position switch with the choice of either 80 or 100 Hz. I left it on 100 Hz.
- My fronts are Klipsch WF-34's (floorstanding speakers).
- Center is a matching unit to the fronts (I forget the model number).
When Audyssey was finished, the front crossovers were set to 40, the center was set to something like 45 IIRC, and the surrounds were at a variety of settings from 30-50. After listening a bit I reset the fronts, center and surrounds to 80 Hz and did some more listening. For movies, I like this final setting. And, the sub seems very well integrated into the overall sound mix, at least for movies. I will do some critical listening to music over the next few days and see if that remains true for stereo.
As noted, pretty straightforward and painless. Thanks to all who post their questions and answers here. I am at least one example of how useful those posts are.