SETUP THE MPD SOLUTION:
MPD can be used as a complete solution, able to perform the server and renderer function with a single app. This contrasts with the more common requirement to have a separate server app and separate renderer app.
When using MPD as a complete solution, the first step is to setup the MPD renderer app at the Antipodes Control Panel:
- Select the menu item ‘Settings’
- Click on the ‘MPD’ icon
- This will open the screen shown below.
- Give the player a name
- Select the audio device
- Select how your DAC should receive DSD files.
- Set streaming quality levels consistent with your streaming service license.
- Click on ‘Save Changes’.
To use MPD, you need a remote control app. Via the remote control app, you can point MPD at the Antipodes music library, and play music. In effect the remote control app is performing the server function. As such, you may suffer lag issues with a large library that taxes the resources of your remote control device.
The best remote client for MPD on desktop or laptop is Cantata. It can be downloaded free for Windows devices or Macs from:
Tablet/Smartphone Apps to run MPD incur a small fee, and are downloaded from the relevant App Store for your tablet/smartphone.
Just search on MPD. We recommend MPDroid on Android and mPad on iPads. If you are not looking for a lot of server features and your library is not large, then MPD is an excellent choice.
You can increase the functionality of MPD by using it as just a DLNA renderer, and installing a DLNA server to handle the server function.
- Setup a DLNA server on your Antipodes using either SqueezeBox Server or MinimServer, or on any other device on your network
- Set MPD as the Antipodes renderer as described above.
When setup this way, you can now use any DLNA/UPnP remote application. Many of these applications are very good and include desirable features like access to TIDAL, QOBUZ and several other streaming options. Some apps that do this include BubbleUPnP, Linn Kazoo, Mconnect, etc.
But when you go to the app store for your remote device, you can check out UPnP or DLNA players and find an ever-evolving range of possibilities.