UPnP/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 a standard with broad support.

DLNA claimed four billion certified devices in 2017

 

In 2017 the Digital Living Network Alliance announced that the organization has fulfilled its mission and will dissolve as a non-profit trade association. Product certification services for the multimillion-unit DLNA ecosystem will continue to be provided through a newly formed professional services firm with all required DLNA test tools, infrastructure equipment and end-to-end certification expertise.

This firm is SpireSpark.

 

OCF (Open Connectivity Foundation) does UPnP certifications.

 

A lot of gear supports DLNA
Windows media sharing is DLNA cedrtified.
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

Phorus PR5 $29

Receiver with Bluetooth and WiFi.

Analog out only.

Supports both Airplay and DLNA.

Powered by DTS Play-Fi

 

Added 2020

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

Stream What You Hear

Stream What You Hear (SWYH) is a Windows application to broadcast the sound of your computer (ie: "what you hear") on an UPnP/DLNA device such as TVs, amps, network receivers, game consoles, etc...
Added 2020

 

A bit more about UPnP/DLNA