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"eye-catching feature list, headlined by AirPlay support"
What is the world coming to - this is an AV receiver first and foremost and just like every other technology reviewer, you seem to have to give Apple some free advertising!Forget the fact that it is completely ridiculous that AirPlay even exists since DNLA can do the same thing - and yet the media heap praise on Apple rather than critise for bringing yet another, prioprietry standard.
>> DNLA can do the same thing
No it can't.
The nearest thing I can think of is bluetooth A2DP, but that's audio only.
DNLA is a pull protocol, Airplay & A2DP are more push protocols, learn the difference before ranting.
Actually, my Twonky DNLA server software can 'push' content directly to my Marantz SR7005 in exactly the same way as Airplay functions on the receiver. Indeed I believe Twonky mobile enables just this feature from a mobile phone and presumably tablets too!
Ah right, as long as it's acting as a DMR. Good point, it's sort of the same thing, and your right another protocol wasn't really needed. But there are plenty of people who would be interested in knowing the device can handle this, so I'm still not sure what's your gripe. Is it any worse than highlighting if a product is DNLA certified?
Well the problem with DNLA is it tries to do too much and support everything under the sun, but then - as usual for such things - fails at even minimal usability.
I'm talking from experience because unfortunately I had to build and now maintain a small DNLA setup consisting of a Mac as server, an Onkyo 609 for audio, a WD Live box and a Panasonic LCD TV for video. What a nightmare to get that to even play something.
Had to try 5 different DNLA servers, each with varying amounts of FAIL until I finally settled on a paid commercial one (iSedora) that works 90% of the time. Twonky was among the worse, Tweaky would be a more appropriate name. I spent hours fussing around with that. It's just not a polished product, was very surprised Panasonic even recommended it as their DNLA server of choice.
Even now HD content still needs to be transcoded with obvious artefacts. Lossless audio? Keep dreaming. And that's when the devices aren't complaining they can't see the server.
Recently purchased an iHome IW1 with Airplay from the States to replace my low cost (but very low quality) bluetooth setup. What a joy to use. It really just works.
Almost no setup needed, just choose Wifi and that's it (the iHome even comes with a setup app). Plus it's lossless audio, not the rubbish A2DP.
So no DNLA can't do the same thing. Maybe it could on paper, but in real world user experience it's broken.
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