Networking and playing music with Allshare

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  1. MickMikeMichael

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    I am trying to get a better understanding of how DLNA/AllShare on samsung works.

    I have a samsung dual dock, the DA-E750, which I can stream music to using AllShare either from my phone or laptop. My music is in the .WMA format and I am considering re-ripping my cd collection to a lossless format such as FLAC. In all the literature on the DA-E750 it appears it is not able to play FLAC or WAV files. To test this I ripped a couple of tracks to FLAC using Winamp. I then played these tracks from my laptop to the DA-E750 and they played ok, but there was no great increase in sound quality compared to that of the .WMA format. Because of this I am trying to understand how AllShare works. Does AllShare Transcode the files before sending to the DA-E750 so that it is able to play the files and if so is this process lossy. Or does it send the coded file to the DA-E750 for this unit to decode if so why does the unit not say it handles FLAC files and why cant I detect an improvement in sound quality.

    I am trying to find this out to see if it is worth my while re-ripping my cd collection.
     
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    If the DA-E570 does not support it then the music player on the PC is transcoding audio in real time which does incur a quality hit.

    Tech specs say WAV, MP3 and WMA which is odd as it also says the E750 is an Airplay receiver & Apples default format is AAC/M4A, MP3 and ALAC/M4A (apple lossless). Try ripping music to ALAC in iTunes, go into preferences\general\import settings and change to Apple lossless encoder, then Airplay the music to the device in iTunes (giant TV with triangle icon).

    If by some chance it works with Apple lossless then thats an option, you can use Airfoil on a PC to make any audio player Airplay audio so your not limited to iTunes.
     
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    Thanks for your reply next010.

    I have been having a bit of a play with allshare over the weekend and trying to stream different formats to the DA-E750. As stated in the specs .WMA and .MP3 play ok, and when you look at the 'details' of a particular track you are playing it says the format is either .WMA or .MP3. Formats .WAV and lossless .WMA do not seem to work at all but with regards to the FLAC format, this format does play but when you look at the 'details' of the track when playing it says the format is .TMP. So it does look like allshare does transcode FLAC files to a .TMP file but does not do it for the other lossless formats mentioned.

    My next step will be to try what you have said and use iTunes.
     

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