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Thread: HD / HiRes Audio files over LAN to DAC ?

  1. #1
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    Nov 2010

    Default HD / HiRes Audio files over LAN to DAC ?

    I have a lot of Hi Res audio files on my PC (Win7), which is in another room of the house.
    Currently, I use Mezzmo on the PC, stream via LAN over Powerline to my Sony BD player in the living room. The BD player's Component cable goes to my AV receiver (so I can operate the DLNA and the SONY GUI on the TV). The BD player's audio goes via S/PDIF to my Dacmagic plus.
    CHALLENGE: The BD player only accepts 16/44 LPCM files via LAN. My DAC can take up to 24/196 via USB.

    QUESTION: Is there a way to output Mezzmo audio via USB and use a spare LAN port near the BD / DacMagic with a Cat5-to-USB converter and feed the audio stream directly to the DacMagic Plus USB input?

    I could still navigate the music directories onscreen via the BD GUI, but the files (including those with higher bit rates) would stream to the DacMagic Plus' USB input.

    Put another way: in my solution (assuming for a second that my theory is correct, which is a big assumption), the PC / DLNA solution is the source and I establish a direct USB connection from the PC USB port via LAN to the Cambridge DacMagic Plus' USB input.

    The (Sony BD) player is ONLY used to display the track information on the TV screen.

    In other words: I browse to a track on the TV screen and press Play on the Sony BD remote. The DLNA on the PC starts playing the track and feeds both lines (USB output and Ethernet output). The sound goes via USB-LAN-USB to the DAC.
    The visual info (track, elapsed time etc.) goes via ethernet to the BD player.

    I'm hoping this question makes sense and that you can provide me with a definitive yes/no answer


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  3. #3
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    Nov 2007
    Melbourne, Australia


    Unfortunately, it's a 'no' When an incoming DLNA request arrives from a DLNA client device, then Mezzmo server delivers the requested content to that device (like a web server responds to a web browser). There's no capability in DLNA or Mezzmo server to split or stream media content to simultaneous ports/adaptors/connectors.

    Mezzmo Android: Install it on your tablet, smartphone, Android TV or Amazon Fire to browse and stream files from your Mezzmo library to all your devices. Full details at
    Mezzmo for Kodi Add-on: Install it into Kodi to stream files from your Mezzmo library directly in Kodi. Full details at
    Mezzmo for Roku App: Install it onto your Roku to stream files from your Mezzmo library. Full details at
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    Nov 2010


    Bummer. Oh well...

    Does anyone have any recommendations on a hardware device that will take an ethernet input greater than 16/44 LPCM (without requiring a second mortgage)? If I can achieve my goal by adding one more box to the living room system, I'll consider it. The device needs to be able to output video via component or composite (just so I can navigate the mezzmo folder structure on screen) and output audio via S/PDIF to my DAC.

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