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DLNA is better than AirPlay

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RE: DLNA is better than AirPlay

Instead of going round in circles, which will be a tedious read of yes,no,yes,no.

 

There are plenty of apps that access my nas, play files ( Iphone is not jail-broken), then airplay.  

 

 

 

 

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RE: DLNA is better than AirPlay

Is it ok with you if I just carry on using AirPlay and enjoying it?

I don't want to 'race' against anyone or send my wife a 'gift' of one of my favourite tracks, suddenly played loud in the bathroom and frightening her. (Even assuming we had a bathroom system.)

 

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RE: DLNA is better than AirPlay

Airplay = simple = achieves everything I need it to.

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RE: DLNA is better than AirPlay

 

Super, You've teased us long enough ! What are your findings? 

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RE: DLNA is better than AirPlay

Well airplay is more susceptible to dropouts over wireless than DLNA (but unless you're over long range or have lots of interference its doubtful you'd notice). I doubt there's anything in it.

 

Its worth pointing out that there some decent DLNA clients apps available for IOS - so you're not stuck with only being able to stream audio.

One assumes that Apple will have to add support for WifiDirect/Miracast at some point to stay competitive.

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RE: DLNA is better than AirPlay

Reading the what hifi reviews there was more than once mentioned that streaming over cat cable was not only more stable, but would sound better too. 

Now I can confirm from my own experience. Dlna sounds better then AirPlay over wifi.

Don't understand it, as it is the same data played over the same system, but I can hear it quite clearly. Tighter sound, more clearly defined.

Quite a good 'upgrade' for the tenner the cat5e cable cost me. Smile

 

Edit: btw it's not a *night and day* difference but more like 5-10% in my experience.

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RE: DLNA is better than AirPlay

Airplay resamples from 44.1 khz to 48 khz.   This must do some damage as 48 is not a simple multiple of 44.1.  Sampling errors will probably be doubled.

Whether or not the effect will be audible I do not know.  I have Airplay from my iPad, but I avoid it for serious music listening.

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RE: DLNA is better than AirPlay

Hmmm. There could be a downgrade in audio due to sampling, although I couldn't find a definitive answer on the web. Yes, atv and airport express may use 48 kHz up sampling, but I don' t use either. I'm using a dlna and AirPlay enabled streamer; the only thing I changed was placing a cat5e cable between router and streamer, nothing else...

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RE: DLNA is better than AirPlay

AnotherJoe wrote:

Really - without your laptop being on or using a jailbroken appletv? Dont think so.

 

Any yes I can stream anything to my tv/amp using medialink.

ATV1 & iPhone. Simples.

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RE: DLNA is better than AirPlay

Superaintit wrote:

Reading the what hifi reviews there was more than once mentioned that streaming over cat cable was not only more stable, but would sound better too. 

Now I can confirm from my own experience. Dlna sounds better then AirPlay over wifi.

Don't understand it, as it is the same data played over the same system, but I can hear it quite clearly. Tighter sound, more clearly defined.

Quite a good 'upgrade' for the tenner the cat5e cable cost me. Smile

 

Edit: btw it's not a *night and day* difference but more like 5-10% in my experience.

 

Its quite simple - Airplay uses UDP which does not have error retry - so it has to compensate for missing packets, DLNA is TCP/IP based so any failed packets just get resent.

 

On a short-range home network it wont make much of a difference.

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