Well there is something wrong with your PC or broadband connection, I don't have any of these issues apart from BBC iplayer sometimes drops out and this site is slow but that is this site and has been reported numerous times.
Also if you read about streamers you see loads of problems so don't assume that streamers are better than pcs or macs but they have their own problems.
It sounds like it's probably just something wrong with the audio driver.
Remember to uninstall the old driver and reboot your computer first before you reinstall the new driver.
That's the problem, according to Dell there hasn't been a new driver for about 4 years.
The driver may have become corrupted. It'd be worth reinstalling it just to see if it fixes the problem.
I'll give it a go.
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Yes, that's what I was saying, there's no problems with the broadband connection, when the audio on streaming video stutters, the video doesn't! That carries on regardless and the audio has to jump to catch up after the stutter, so there's no issue with bandwidth or anything like that.
I can only comment on my own streamer, which has been flawless, although I'm aware there can be issues, they're almost always traced back to the users own network (IP address conflicts) however, or wireless interference (which no device, PC or otherwise, is immune from).
I've been using iTunes since version 1.0. With the improvement over the years I have come to the conclusion that it's a very useful tool to build a music library. Since we have an Airport Express, a DAC and an iPad listening to music on the stereo system is extremely convenient and the SQ with ALAC files is great. Just rip everything in iTunes with error correction on. It couldn't be much easier. The iPad works great as remote control for the iTunes library.
And then there's a service like Spotify. That also works great on our Mac and iPad and gets streamed through the DAC.
All our music is on an external HD so we can even take all our music with us when travelling.
I don't understand how a dedicated streamer could improve on this. Where is the control over your music files? And how flexible is a streamer when a new service or a new codec arrives? What if the hard drive in your streamer with hard drives goes belly up? How do you make backups? Our entire music collection is on an external drive and I have a full backup in a different location.
IMHO a dedicated streamer system made by a specialized audio company could work. But then it needs to have at least the same or better features than my Mac. Otherwise I'm not interested.
Looks like you've misunderstood me. For me, a dedicated streamer is a Sonos. And "not having to faff around with a PC" means a NAS drive.
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Apparently not, Sonos isn't a dedicate streamer or so they tell me.
No, didn't make any sense to me either...
I would like to know what else it can do, if not exclusively dedicated to streaming. Have I been missing some other important functions?
Well, (adopts Pete & Dud voice) it's more of a network content distribution system really: I mean it isn't a streamer as such because it doesn't have internal storage or a direct internet connection to access content, but needs to be used with other equipment.
(Not that any of that is stopping Sonos dominating this sector of the market and becoming mahoosive at the same time.)
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(adopts I.N.T.E.L.L.I.G.E.N.C.E. voice) Uh, yes it does.
It's plugged into your router, same as any other streamer.
Sounds like a snappy title for a new category in the WHF awards: 'best network content distribution system'
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But a streamer doesn't have to be plugged into your router to stream. I mean I have a NAS that streams very nicely to various devices without going anywhere near a router.
You mean your router isn't providing a wireless link for the NAS and various devices? Or providing the the internet connection for online streaming services?
Too slow on the edit old chap, either way, if that defines a "streamer" then there are no streamers as none of them, to my knowledge, are capable of accessing the internet independently (ie without going through a router first), so by that argument EVERY streamer needs to be used with other equipment and so does every "media PC", so that's a complete non-argument.
It's as good a description as any, and to keep it snappy I left the 'mesh' bit out, too.
I think I was trying to make the point that this thread has got very caught up in its terminology: is a streamer the thing that sends, or serves, content out onto the network, or the thing that takes content from the network and plays it. Is a streamer a server or a network music player, or indeed a network media player? Is it a streaming client or a streaming player or a streaming nightmare?
What's playing the music? The server (software) on the server (device), which is pointed at the music library which only becomes a music library and not just a set of files when the server (software) is pointed at it and indexes it so the client device be pointed at that server (software) and access its content, which isn't actually its content but content to which it is acting as a kind of media satnav to get you to the music you want?
And when you use app control, is the app playing the music, or the device the app is controlling? Is the app pulling the music from the server store via the server software and pushing it to the device connected to your hi-fi, or merely controlling that hardware which is doing the whole process for itself?
Yes, exactly that, old chap.
And yes again.
Well, come on then, name this mysterious beast! I've never heard the like of it!
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