Originally Posted by Dylanthomasfan
I love plenty of things about Anthem, but Play-Fi has to be one of the most frustrating things about them (I find they have miles to go with respect to software features and maybe even firmware quality, but boy is their audio good!). They have no control over Play-Fi, sadly. I find it juvenile design to have to stream via your phone for Tidal, when Spotify, with it's obviously low quality stream, gets directly streamed. The only solution that worked for me is the Sonos solution (obviously no MQA streaming, only CD quality streaming), which seems quite OK for me, though I'd like to really have a solid streaming solution (Bluesound node may work for me, but I really want everything to connect to my other audio solution which is basically everywhere in my home: Sonos).
So, yes, I have tried Play-Fi with Tidal (I have the high quality service) and UPnP (my Plex media server has DLNA enabled and houses some of my hires music). Not happy with it at all. Clunky and unintuitive. I dont have anything nice to say about it. Except that is the only way I can play my hires audio from my DLNA-enabled Plex Media Server. Maybe that's what it is meant to be: not terribly convenient because music listening should be a highly deliberate thing.
I couldn't agree more if we talk about the functionality.
The Android application is awkward, not 100% stable and both 192/24 and 176.4/24 don't work well.
How about the sound quality - in modes which work well (44.1/16, 44.1/24, 88.2/24, 96/24)?
I find it very good. I mostly use foobar2000 UPnP server for local lossless and DSD/SACD ISO collection (more than 4 Tb
The sound is better than using optical S/PDIF connection with ASUS Xonar Essence STX or HDMI connection with GTX 1060. I haven't tried coaxial S/PDIF because I need 5m cable between MRX and PC. I've been using foobar2000, JRiver, Album Player, JPlay... both with ASIO and KS.