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Audio Over Ethernet
I am happy to announce another interface for upgrading our D/A Converter models: An audio over Ethernet card which supports all standard rates up to 192kHz and all the popular audio file formats.
This interface makes your D/A Converter an UPnP / DLNA Renderer unit, which is connected to your LAN via an Ethernet cable. A typical use case looks like this:
- To your network you have connected a NAS (Network Attached Storage) or a computer with audio files shared on the network.
- On the same network there is the D/A Converter with the Ethernet interface.
- An application on your phone or tablet controls the playback of files to the D/A Converter.
The nice thing of such a setup is that it can be controlled from any device and the audio files can reside on any other (or the same) device.
It is also possible to stream the files on the phone or tablet directly to the D/A Converter. This makes it simple to share the D/A Converter amongst several users with their individual playback devices.
The technical details of the Ethernet interface:
- UPnP AV 2.0 / DLNA
- plays and decodes common audio formats from HTTP streams
- resolution up to 32-bit, sampling rate up to 192kHz (DSD in preparation)
- support for gapless playback
- bit-perfect data transmission
- 2-channel asynchronous endpoint with external clocking for jitter-free playback
- Supports these formats: WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, MP3, AAC
The Ethernet interface can be built into the Weiss D/A Converters, namely:
DAC202, Medea, Medus, DAC1, DAC2, Minerva.
Streaming from the Internet with the MAN301
Occasionally I get inquiries from MAN301 users about how to play those streaming websites (like Tidal, Spotify, QoBuz etc.) via the MAN301.
This can be easily done via the Airplay feature of the MAN301. With the icon in the lower right corner on the iPad the menu for selecting the Airplay mode is shown.
After selecting the Airplay mode, tell the iPad to play audio to the MAN301. This is done by swiping from the lower edge of the iPad upwards, which opens a menu where the MAN301 device can be selected for Airplay.
Now open the application of the streaming service you like to play and start playing tracks. The tracks now play via the MAN301. The volume can be controlled via the buttons at the iPad.
The Airplay streams in 44.1 kHz /16 Bit format, which is perfect for the streaming sites. The user interfaces of the various streaming sites are maintained with this scheme, which is a very nice feature, considered that the streaming sites keep updating their user interfaces. In addition all streaming sites are supported automatically.
In that manner all audio played on the iPad can be redirected to the MAN301. E.g. you can also play from Youtube or from your local music collection on the iPad.
Of course all Airplay capable devices can use the MAN301 for playback in that manner.
High End Show Munich 2015
Visit us at the upcoming High End Show in Munich! May 14 through May 17.
We will be present in Hall 4 booth E15 together with the Venture speaker company and with our distributor in Germany, WOD Audio, A4 / 1st floor / E109
We will show our entire range of equipment.
See details on the show here:
At this years Klangschloss exhibition we had a very successful presentation of our MAN301 network player in conjunction with QUAD ESL63QA speakers including the dynamic subwoofer option. The sonic performance of this setup is incredible.
MEDUS D/A Converter is Product Of The Year
The MEDUS D/A Converter has been given a Product Of the Year award by the HiFi Review Magazine in HongKong. Read about it here: