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  1. Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming
    Greetings folks, I have a Raspberry pi 3, a HiFiBerry DAC+ Pro, an external hard drive, and a premium connection to Spotify all sitting together waiting to stream music in my bedroom. The problem is that I am struggling finding the right distro to serve as my conduit to aural pleasure. I...
  2. Soundbars
    New from Yamaha is the MusicCast Bar 400, the first soundbar from the company that allows you to use add-on wireless MusicCast speakers as surrounds, for a true 5.1 listening experience. The system consists of the soundbar plus a wireless subwoofer and when it ships, it will sell for...
  3. Portable A/V
    I've been conducting some tests, comparing the power consumption of Spotify and Deezer on iOS. My findings are that streaming music on Deezer can last up to twice as long as Spotify on a single battery charge. My test were done on both an 6. gen iPod Touch and an iPad Air 2, both running the...
  4. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    Yamaha's R-N803 stereo network receiver bridges the gap between old-school minimalist 2-channel receivers and modern AVRs by including MusicCast network audio streaming and YPAO room correction. This model is priced at $749.95 and is an "Amazon's Choice" selection . For this review, I have...
  5. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    Today, Onkyo announced two new affordable 7.2 network AV receivers: the TX-NR585 and TX-NR686 . Both can decode and render Dolby Atmos and DTS:X immersive audio in a 5.2.2 configuration, and they offer many other attractive features. The Onkyo TX-NR585 is spec'd to deliver 170 watts/channel...
  6. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    Hi Guys, I've had the Integra 50.4 receiver for a few years now - but it's only recently started to give me issues that I'm wondering if anyone can help with. 1: Spotify login - I hear some Onkyo's don't log in to spotify any longer - is this the same case for Integras? I used to have no...
  7. Speakers
    There's a fierce competition among multi-room networked audio systems, with Sonos sitting on top. But significant competition from the likes of Google, Amazon, Apple, DTS, and Bluesound has emerged. Now, Google has introduced a premium speaker, the Google Home Max ( $399 ), that promises to...
  8. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    HDMI issue with older Blu-Ray player, HDR10 and Pioneer VSX-LX302. First off, the LX302 manual states that all 6 of the back HDMI inputs and the front HDMI input support/use Copyright protection technology: HDCP1.4/HDCP2.2. I have no issues with PS4, XBONE and 360 game systems. However, when...
  9. Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming
    The competition among subscription music streaming services is fierce. In this race, Spotify and iTunes are the acknowledged leaders and Tidal gets quite a bit of press. Typically, Google Play Music does not get the same amount of attention, but that is about to change. Effectively...
  10. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    Hi all, Hopefully just a quick one (and hopefully I'm doing it right as this is my first post)! I've got a Pioneer SX-N30 receiver set up in my room and quite often use Spotify or Airplay to stream music to it. My family all have their own Spotify accounts and stream to speakers in the house...
  11. 2-Channel Audio
    The Verge reports that the leader in subscription-based streaming music, Spotify , plans to take on Tidal —the current king of lossless streaming—with its own high-fidelity option. In the article , author Micah Singleton says the news that Spotify Hi-Fi is on the way was confirmed by multiple...
  12. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    Hi, I have a problem with intermittent audio delay of approximately 0.5 - 1 seconds when audio plays from my PC (Windows 10) through HDMI 2.0 cable into my Pioneer VSX-1131 (into the HDCP 2.2 socket). The problem is noticable when playing songs on Spotify and Spotify automatically goes to the...
  13. Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming
    You gotta give credit where the credit is due. With Sonos, that means acknowledging the company sparked a revolution in how people access and consume their music. It's name is practically synonymous with wireless, networked audio, and the company's competitors have scrambled to field their own...
  14. Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming
    Hi. I'm using Spotify on iOS devices to stream audio to an Apple TV, with an optical connection to a Peachtree Decco2 2-channel amp. I was wondering if there is an optimal volume level for the iOS device to ensure distortion-free sound. I know that using Bluetooth in my car, I have to set the...
  15. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    Hi guys ! Today I have a question ! I have connected my Smart TV ( Samsung UE40H6400 ) to internet ! I have downloaded Spotify, but I can't control the music with my PC or my iPhone although I'm a Premium member. Indeed, the TV has Spotify but it doesn't have Spotify Connect, I'm gonna buy a new...
  16. Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming
    It’s official! As of today, people can get their fix of The Beatles anytime and anywhere. As you are likely aware, today is not just Christmas Eve 2015. Today is the day that The Beatles music catalog became available for streaming through a variety of services. For the past few years, the...
  17. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    Goodmorning everyone, I'm trying to send / transmit via my Android smartphone Samsung S4 Mini music that is played with Spotify. I tried several applications but they all not stable (connection often is lost). Could you please suggest me some application that allows a transmission fluid and...
  18. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    Hello. I am having some problems with my Onkyo reciver when watching TV and listening to music. The first problem is when watching television. The sound from the surround speakers can be very high, and the volume goes very much up and down, this is at its worst through commercials, and it...
  19. AVS Forum® Articles
    Digital denizens who live in the cloud already partake in the cornucopia of musical content that is available for virtual consumption. And even fans of physical media may appreciate the potential for discovering new music offered by cloud-based streaming and download services. Audiophiles can...
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