Originally Posted by bwillcox
Ah, you are right. The Yamahas don't support multi-channel files either (dsf or flac), which is a real bummer for me as I have quite a few multi-channel files.
I use an Oppo BDP-93 with the RX-A1030 and use the 93 to play multichannel FLACs via DLNA over my LAN - but for stereo I use the Yamaha to play FLACs and MP3s because I can use it as a gapless
OpenHome renderer under the control of the free BubbleUPnP Server
, which runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux, and serves music and video files not only on the local LAN but can be reached over the internet (with password protection) for playing files remotely.
To control the server, I use their Android app
, which works both as a controller and as a player (the $5 license that unlocks it for full use is linked in the margin of the Play Store page just linked to - the idea is to make sure that the program works - for a few minutes at a time for free - before paying for the license), so I can listen to my music on the go - and it can even link a DLNA/UPnP player on a friend's LAN (while I'm visiting, with my phone on their WiFi) to my home BubbleUPnP server.
There are also iOS and iPad - and Mac - control apps, which are listed on the BubbleUPnP page linked to above.
BubbleUPnP server needs a local UPnP/DLNA library server (or two, or three) for it to syndicate, which can include Twonky, JRiver, and (for music only) the free foo_upnp plugin to the equally free foobar2000 (Windows only), which, like the Android app, is a player as well as a controller. BubbleUPnP can create proxies for library servers with the suffix [proxy] after their names to distinguish them from the originals.
As long as they're on the same LAN, you can transfer a playlist from one renderer to another, without losing your place. So I can use my phone to start play on my upstairs hifi connected to the PC running foobar, pause it while going down to my theater, and then resume play on my Yamaha. (I could even transfer it to my phone itself while walking down to the theater!)
The strange thing is that Yamaha doesn't even say that the Aventage receivers are
renderers, and they don't play gaplessly pulling
music through their own menu system - but they work gaplessly with music pushed
Note: to set the Yamaha up to receive, you use its remote's general Net button (not the Net button in the row of programmable "Scene" buttons) to toggle through to the Servers page, find the proxy for the library server you want to use in the list, and move right to the Now Playing button (the musical note on the right side of the screen). Then use your control app to start and control play.
I'd be interested in hearing from anyone here who installs the BubbleUPnP server (it's free) whether it sees their RX-Ax050 as a renderer, and whether it can do this trick as well.