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jimzak
2012-01-04, 18:22
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2398363,00.asp

Wombat
2012-01-04, 18:50
A german short review already mentioned the lack of gapless playback. Pioneer states it is the chipsets design that canīt do it because of its Airplay compatibility. K.o. criteria for my taste.
You may translate this:
http://www.digital-room.de/news/airplay-mehr-pioneer-n30-n50

aubuti
2012-01-05, 07:03
Pioneer states it is the chipsets design that canīt do it because of its Airplay compatibility.
Does anyone know if this is a general issue with Airplay-based players? Because there certainly seems to be a lot action for new equipment using Airplay (and to a lesser extent, DLNA).

RGibran
2012-01-05, 08:15
No ALAC or AIFF support which is a rather large drawback for a fair % of their intended market.

RG

aubuti
2012-01-05, 09:47
No ALAC or AIFF support which is a rather large drawback for a fair % of their intended market.
Pioneer's spec sheet (http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/ephox/StaticFiles/PUSA/Files/N-50%20Single%20Sheet.pdf) contradicts itself on this. In the "Airplay" section it says that it plays Apple Lossless, but then it's not listed at all in the "Audio Formats Supported" section. Go figure. No mention of AIFF at all.

Then in the extensive section on "Supported Apple Devices", just a bunch of iPod and iPhone models, none of which are very likely to be carrying AIFF or ALAC. The obvious omission is Apple TV, and slightly less obvious is Apple Time Capsule. I expect they are compatible and they just overlooked it. But doesn't make it easy for an informed potential buyer.

verypsb
2012-01-05, 12:23
Does anyone know if this is a general issue with Airplay-based players?

If this is true than Airplay is really, really bad...

It does however confirm there still is interest for networked audio players, and Logitech needs to act, I want my Squeezebox Boom II, Receiver II.

tamanaco
2012-01-05, 22:32
All I can say is that DLNA for Media management is a nightmare. I have yet to see an elegant hardware implementation where DLNA servers and clients work in harmony.

carp
2012-01-06, 02:02
Does anyone know if this is a general issue with Airplay-based players?
Maybe it is not an Airplay-specific issue, but - at least in this case - a drawback of the chipset made by Bridgeco (this is mentioned in the german review). So every Bridgeco-based Airplay device may have this problem.