I searched the thread, but I didn't find mention anywhere if the 818 or 717 support lossless FLAC 5.1 over DLNA?
I'm trying to move all of my music over to a network player and I have been considering the Stream 6 Magic from Cambridge Audio or the Pioneer Elite N-50.
On the plus sides for both of those are the quality DACs, 192/24 playback capability, and upsampling (32-bit for the Pio, 384/24 for the Cambridge), plus they both offer iPad apps that allow control over the unit and browsing of the music catalogue, FLAC, AAC, MP3, Ogg Vorbis (Cambridge Audio only). Unfortunately, neither one of them has HDMI outs, which means no 5.1 and, obviously, no hi-res FLAC 5.1.
Now, my Oppo BDP-93 can handle all of this already, but with no iPad App, I'm left having to use the television every time I want to listen to music using DLNA. Plus, their onscreen interface is rather clunky anyway.
So, to get back on topic, I've been considering just finally upgrading my AVR (Onkyo 805) to one of the new Denon in-command AVRs or the new Onkyo AVRs with networking features, namely the 818 or 717. They are basically the same price as the Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6, but with more features, obviously, and still allow me to use the DLNA features to migrate to an all digital playback scenario with 5.1 compatibility and an App interface. I'de use the Oremote for Onkyo, obviously. From what I can tell, neither the Onkyo nor the Denon native Apps are really any good in comparison to the third party ones.
Oh, and I've pretty much resigned myself to having to re-rip all of my ALAC stuff since it's obvious by now Apple won't allow anyone to support that codec. Airplay is nonsense for my purposes. It still requires either my computer to be running or everything to be on my iPod, which has limited storage.
Opinions and answers anyone?