Airplay Issues with Marantz MCR603
Hello, I was wondering if someone could help me out...
I recently bought the Marantz MCR603 as a replacement for a 10 year old Denon mini system, it's playing through some B&W 684 Floorstanders.
Now one of the things that attracted me to the Marantz were its networking capabilities, specifically Airplay.
Now, I'm no Apple fan boy, infact I don't own any Apple devices, but, I do use iTunes. All of my CDs have been ripped as Apple Lossless.
Because of the ALAC format of these lossless files they don't show up when using the Marantz in Media Server mode, however, everything else does and I'm able to play them fine. I'm missing out on a large proportion of my music by not being able to see the lossless tracks though and this is far from ideal, as is the slow method of selecting tracks, albums, artists etc using the Marantz' display.
I would much rather have access to all my music and be able to select it to play from iTunes.
Now I've had some success with this. The latest firmware is installed, as is the Airplay upgrade. I was even listening to a Kate Rusby album over Airplay earlier, but, after an hour or two it just cut out. This is a regular occurence and it's starting to get pretty annoying, requiring me to tell the Marantz to re-search for a Network connection and then reconnecting it via airplay to itunes on my laptop.
If I pause a track it loses the connection too. I also have to run the Network Connection setip on the Marantz every time I turn it on, otherwise iTunes doesn't see it at all (is this normal?)
Has anyone else had the same problem and if so how did you fix it? Not being able to get this to work is really starting to get to me now!
If it helps my laptop is running Windows 7 64bit, iTunes 188.8.131.52, my router is a BT Home Hub 3.0, the Marantz is connected directly to it via Ethernet and I connect my laptop to it via wifi.