MUSIC STREAMING SERVICES:
Most Antipodes users use Roon and therefore have the option to have TIDAL and QOBUZ integrated with their libraries.
Users of Squeezebox can also use TIDAL, QOBUZ, DEEZER and a number of others, plus can access internet radio stations.
Many of you also use Spotify Connect on your Antipodes to allow your family members to easily use your system.
But there are some less obvious ways to access streaming services.
What you can do is this:
- Set MPD as your renderer and set the resolution that matches your TIDAL and/or QOBUZ memberships (see above).
- Setup DLNA access to your Antipodes library (Using Squeezebox Server, MiniDLNA or MinimServer).
- You can also setup DLNA access to your NAS or other devices on your network.
- Make sure BubbleUPnP is uninstalled.
- Open your remote control device (tablet or smartphone) and search your App Store for DLNA/UPnP apps, to install an appropriate app (see below).
There is a large number of potential apps to control DLNA/UPnP solutions. They work by discovering DLNA libraries on your network and compatible players on your network, and letting you select which ones to use and then what music files to play.
A growing number of these apps are including streaming services, particularly TIDAL, QOBUZ, Google Music, plus the ability to play from files on cloud storage such as Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, etc.
We currently recommend you try ‘mconnect Player HD’, ‘BubbleUPnP’ and ‘Linn Kazoo’. Be aware that some players limit the resolution of streamed files or will downsample them. If you have a Hi-Res QOBUZ subscription, ‘mconnect Player HD’, is available on both iOS and Android and is the only one that QOBUZ lists as able to stream Hi-Res content. Note that the app store for your device may list this as just ‘mconnect Player’ without the HD part of the name.
We need to add some notes of caution. Many of these apps are in rapid development and may have bugs from time to time, but the competition is fierce and winners will emerge that are very good. Some are pretty good already. You also need to have a good local network in your house for these services to work well at high bit rates, preferably a wired network. If your network has limited streaming quality you may find that playlists stop between tracks, and sometimes during tracks.
The sound quality varies but can be excellent, suffering only a little of the softening and lack of immediacy and image specificity that is typical of playing across a noisy network.
As always – contact us if you need assistance.