I tried a powered external USB hard drive and that almost works, sort of. It takes longer than I'd expect for the avr to read the drive. The FAT partition is only 4GB on this drive and there's not much music on it. Maybe 50 songs, if that. It still must have taken a full minute. Then, I played a few seconds of this song and that, just to see how things would work. Seemed OK, until I left one tune to play all the way through. After a little over a minute, it stopped, then after a short time, started playing the first song on in the first folder listed on the drive. I just did the same cycle over again and, as I'm typing this, a 5 minute song stalled out at just under 4 minutes. This time, there's nothing I can do. It's just stuck there, frozen. The avr isn't frozen, but the USB side of things is until I turn the avr off and turn it on again. Maybe another drive... Or maybe this just doesn't work well, maybe the avr is defective, maybe it's not designed to work this way.
Nothing like paying for features I thought I was going to get that don't work, even if the amp was on sale.
Should an Android tablet (Nexus 7) or phone (Nexus 4) play audio over a USB connection to the front of the avr? That doesn't work, either, though at least Bluetooth does.
Last edited by maigre; 07-19-2014 at 03:08 PM.