After two weeks with the MRX 720 there is some magic happening and some pure witchcraft. The magic being how dialogue is handled. My movie, TV, SACD, voicing and clarity from the center channel is amazing. I was actually doubting the quality of the Monitor Audio CP-IW460X, which uses the same ribbon tweeter from the Gold Series along with 4 additional drivers. It sounded mediocre with my NAD separates. Now it's literally the life of the party on all recordings utilizing a center speaker.
As for witchcraft the Play Fi is killing me. I sell IT for a living. I run a pretty solid home network with approx 180Mbps over cable modem with a Linksys router and Ubiquiti AP's and I have the Anthem wired over CAT6 with fully testing ports to a Cisco SG300 switch. I have the gateway modem in bridge mode and the linksys handling DHCP. Anthem hates static IP routing so I've set to DHCP and have solid connectivity for the control app on my iphone. But, as soon as I try play fi, I can connect to the one play fi device I have (MRX 720) just fine. It detects and then my options come up to play from various streaming services or local files. My local files are ALAC lossless CD rips that I can stream to my Apple TV without any issue whatsover. Play Fi doesn't appear as an option for streaming out of my Apple music library on the phone, though Play Fi says they support AirPlay but it doesn't pop up as available, even when connected. Now for the really crappy part- when I stream anything, whether it is low fi Pandora, Amazon Music or my own ALAC files, I get a stuttering playback. It's not even rare, intermittent stuttering, it's a stutter that is un-listenable, entirely. It will hang for a couple of seconds at a time.
I've tried setting up the antenna on the Anthem and removing the wired connection and tried to set up wireless but it just made some odd chirps and never came up with a list of SSID's to connect to and I'd believe that a streaming device should work best over a wired network. My AppleTV is wired and would work great except it transcodes everything to 48khz and the Anthem reveals a serious loss of fidelity on those files. Ultimately, I am going to implement a Synology NAS to stream from but am worried that this system isn't the one that will best function in that scenario and it may be that I go to Bluesound and implement a Node 2 on the setup or a Cambridge CX streamer. Anyone have any advice for their Play Fi setup or have experienced something similar here? The DTS site and their FAQ aren't helpful and it seems like their tech is really geared toward people who want a lot of multiroom setup with little Play Fi enabled speakers scattered around (a la Sonos), vs a central AV streaming system.
Living Room - Monitor Audio Gold 100, Monitor Audio CP-IW460X center, Monitor Audio CP-CT380IDC, SVS-SB2000 X 2, Samsung UN55F9000, Oppo BDP-93, Playstation 4, NAD M15HD2, NAD M27
Dedicated Theater in Process - KEF XQ20, KEF XQ50C Center, KEF Ci200QR, Anthem MRX 720, Sony Playstation 4, Samsung DLP TV - (future projector), Subs TBD -