What is Network Playback?

Network players allows you to send and receive audio files over a network. To send audio files to your HiFi equipment, Audirvana Plus 3.1+ transmits these files over a network using the UPnP / DLNA protocol.

The UPnP / DLNA standard is the protocol used by control points, media servers and media renderers to send and receive audio files.

How does the UPnP / DLNA protocol work?

In a UPnP / DLNA network playback configuration, a control point associated with a media server sends audio data to a media renderer via a network.

  • The media server offers media content to be used by the media renderer.
  • The control point coordinates the both to control playback on the media renderer, telling it which media to fetch and play from the media server.
  • The media renderer (e. g. a network player,…) is an audio device that is controlled by the control point end gets audio files from the media server, converts the digital signal into an analog signal using one or more DACs and reads the received data or sends them to other audio devices (amplifiers, HiFi systems, speakers…).

How does Audirvana Plus 3.1+ work in network playback?

Audirvana Plus software is a control point with an ad-hoc media server. It prepares the audio data in the format that best suits the media renderer, then sends the prepared data in the best possible way to the media renderer using a network.

Please note: Audirvana Plus 3.1 + sends audio files to media renderers that are fully compatible with the Media Renderer UPnP / DLNA standard and whose manufacturers have committed themselves to maintaining this compatibility. Network Reading Partners are identified by the “Works with Audirvana Plus” logo.

How does the protocol of a UPnP/DLNA Media Renderer protocol work?

  • Via a wireless Wifi connection. Special Warning : All audio device must be connected to the same Wifi network in order to work properly.
  • Or via a wired Ethernet link.