DLNA

DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) is the industry standard making all kind of AV-gear communicates with each other over the home network. It allows you to control one device with another, stream audio or video over the network, etc.
It is gaining momentum. What TCP/IP is for the internet, might DLNA become for AV-gear, a standard everyone adhere to.

 

A lot of gear supports DLNA
Windows media sharing is DLNA
A NAS often comes with a DLNA server.
Modern TV’s are DLNA compliant
Most streaming audio players are DLNA compliant.

Android bases smartphones support it or there is an app. This allows you to use your smartphone as a remote or play the content on your DLNA server on your phone.

 

Compared with Bluetooth, DLNA has the advantage of the bigger band width as offered by Ethernet and WiFi. You don't need lossy compression to stream audio.

 

Inacoustic WiFi Audio Streaming Receiver €99

  • DLNA (WAV, MP3)
  • Airplay (MP3,AAC, WMA, WAV, PCM, m4a/ALAC/FLAC)
  • USB (MP3,AAC, WMA, WAV, PCM, m4a/ALAC/FLAC)
  • High-Res Audio: 24 Bit/96 kHz
  • Stereo output via 3.5 mm jack
  • Optical digital output
  • Frequency range: 20 – 20,000 Hz -0.5 dB
  • Dynamic range: >92 dB
Added 2016

Terratec Air beats HD EUR 60,-

• Wireless music replay from your Smartphone, Tablet, PC and Mac
• Integrated WiFi receiver for wireless connection, WiFi standard IEEE 802.11b/g/n
• Digital optical output (S/PDIF)
• Analog 3.5 mm jack output
• Support for iTunes multi room

Supported audio formats
• MP3, AAC, WAV, WMA, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF

Supported connections
• Apple AirPlay
• DLNA 1.5
• Digital media renderer
• UPnP
• DHCP

 

Added 2018

 

 

 

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