I've recently acquired a Denon Piccolo to have as a dining room second system, with a little pair of Q Acoustics. I don't really have a first system any more, but that's short term hopefully!
Anyway, it's been hard to form a proper opinion of the Piccolo, because I've had a lot of teething problems. I'm beginning to agree with Chebby that Airplay is really all you need. That works flawlessly, and having never used it before, I'm a definite convert.
I'm having a couple of issues though, and I wondered if there were any other Piccolo owners on the forum who might know something.
Firstly, the Internet Radio feature: it doesn't seem to play any BBC stations. Does anyone happen to know if this is a terminal issue - some kind of rights conflict between the Beeb and the IR provider or something? I thought the Piccolo used Vtuner, and I thought that catered for BBC, but if there's no Beeb at all on the unit then really that's a bit of a deal breaker. It may just be a specific issue I need to resolve, but it does seem to cover BBC stations only.
The second regards the Music Server. I'm streaming from a QNAP NAS running Twonky. Apart from it being a little sluggish to respond - presumably due to wireless lag - it's pretty good, but I'm surprised to find that the remote control for the Piccolo doesn't seem to have any control over playback. I would have thought the Piccolo would have been able to play/pause and skip tracks on the NAS at the very least. Is it common place for streamers to not have playback control over NAS files, or should I be investigating my settings? The iOS remote app does facilitate skipping etc.
Any thoughts on any of this most welcome, thanks.