Originally Posted by artur9
I am looking for a DLNA controller that can PLAY TO the OPPO. Preferably with a movie poster display for selection.
Anything like that out there?
I use the following combo:
(1) For indexing and serving the collection, including showing embedded album and movie graphics while browsing, I use Twonky.
It costs $20 and has a 30 day free trial so you can make sure it works on your setup. Twonky can itself play to DLNA Renderers on the network (like the Oppo) on its own, but I prefer to couple Twonky with:
(2) The free BubbleUPnP Server
, which syndicates your DLNA servers (like Twonky) and lets you reach your media over the internet using the same programmer's free UPnP/DLNA plugin for the free Foobar2000
music program (the plugin is found on the Components tab at that site), and, more powerfully, BubbleUPnP Server also lets you unlock gapless play on those renderers that can do it as part of the OpenHome standard, which also saves the playlist so the controller program doesn't have to stay live. I've set my copy to send media unmodified locally but to transcode music sent over the net to 128 kbps mp3, to save bandwidth.
(3) As my controller, I use the $5 Android BubbleUPnP app, which is at the Google Play Store, which also acts as an internet player through the phone and as a link to your library when it's on a friend's LAN by wifi.
This setup not only lets you play your music on the go (I even plug the phone's headphone output into my car stereo's line input), but at home, when your phone or Android tablet is on your LAN by WiFi, it can act as a controller to browse your music and videos and have them sent to your renderer of choice, like the Oppo. Note that the media don't go through the phone - it just tells the server to send it to the renderer. (On some renderers it can even act as a volume control.)
The Oppos (starting with the 103/105 and continuing into the 203/205 models) allow DLNA renderering of music in full surround sound - which AV Receivers tend to knock down to stereo when rendering. I use my AVR to render gapless stereo concerts, since the Oppo won't do gapless over DLNA. I use the Oppo to render surround music and videos, since AVRs do neither. (The music comes out of the same amp and speakers either way.) Switching from one to the other is trivial inside the Android app, and you can even transfer playback from one renderer to another starting from the same point in the track.
All this for a total one-time software cost of $25! And Android BubbleUPnP and the Foobar plugin even let you search through the tags on your media files to find something or someone when you only remember part of the name.