Originally Posted by DreamWarrior
Can you comment more on the playback interface? It's hard to tell if it works similar to my current Denon 4311ci or if they made it much less efficient to use. Reading the manual, it seems the latter. For example, on my Denon I just browse to my DLNA server, then browse the tree until I find a folder of songs, select the first (or any) song and it'll play all songs in that folder (from the selected point down). In the Marantz manual, it makes it seem like I'd have to add each song individually or, maybe, I can add the whole folder.
It's one more extra step than the AV8802A was. I have a Denon 4311ci in my den and will have to try that later.
Here are steps to play a particular track in a playlist using the native AV8805 interface on my TV. Much of this is based on the music server you use and how you have organized and set things up for your tracks. I use MediaMonkey and its server/library service running on one of my PCs, with the music itself stored on my NAS. And I prefer using Playlists I've set up over playing single albums or everything by an artist.
1. On the Marantz remote, press the HEOS button.
2. From the menu that comes up, select "Music Server."
3. From the list of available music servers on your network, select the one you want. (Since I use MediaMonkey, I had to have the music server and library up and running before this.)
4. From the menu of options retrieved from the server, select "Browse Folder." (In MediaMonkey, I organize my playlists into folders and genres. Also, the first time you try to browse folders on the MediaMonkey server, you may see an "Access Denied" from the Marantz. With that, I go back to MediaMonkey running on the PC and it has alerted me of this attempted access and if I want to permit it. After I select to permit it, I go back to Marantz and try to browse the folders again and it should work.)
5. Arrow down and then select "Playlists."
6. Select playlist genre folder. (Again, this is due to how I organize things.)
7. Select the Playlist you want.
8. Select the playlist track that you want to start with.
9. A menu comes up with fours choices: Play Now, Play Now and Replace Queue, Add to End of Queue, and Cancel. Page 121 in the manual (Step 4) explains these choices.
10. After you select one of the top two choices (Play Now or Play Now and Replace Queue) your track will play.
One thing--I'm very impressed at is how responsive this menuing is with the AV8805. Much, much better than the AV8802A was--and right now I'm using WiFi to access my home network as opposed to Ethernet. Kudos, Marantz!
Again, I prefer doing all this with Roon instead (especially with all the extras Roon gives). If I didn't have Roon, I'd use the free HEOS app.