No, it simply means you'll be able to stream its output to a Squeezebox.
There's no simple method of controlling the gPlayer at all, short of either using a Laptop on your knee or remoting into your PC using an iPhone or similar device. Hence my taking a while to write something that was reasonably clear without putting too many people off...
Thanks - sounds like the excuse I've been looking for to get myself a Netbook!
I now gather that the Cambridge Audio network player has been delayed to the end of the year, as has a possible Cyrus rival. And I'm not quite sure that the Marantz actually incorporates wifi, a bit difficult to tell from what's been published whether it's Ethernet only (plus Bluetooth, but that's not relevant here. So it looks like Nirvana is some way off, for me at least!
No, the Marantz is wired Ethernet only. But again, it won't control the Gplayer. And Bluetooth requires an optional adapter plugged into the M-XPort socket on the rear.
Review hopefully coming up in the December issue of the magazine.
Audio Editor, Gramophone
The lack of wireless renders it uncompetitive for me, and I'll bet I'm not the only one. What are they thinking of? But thanks for the update, Andrew.
You can read the user manual for the Marantz NA7004 (their new network player, due to be on sale here soon, at about £700) if you want a better idea of what it offers.
"Louder! Louder! I can still hear the singers!"
- Richard Strauss to the orchestra, at a rehearsal.
I should say that the G-player works very well, using my computer speakers, and at least gives me an idea of what new issues sound like (couldn't find a DVD to watch yet?). But I look forward to one of the more elegant solutions mooted here actually becoming available - I really don't want to listen to this stuff in my home office!
I have a Squeezebox, just installed the waveinput plugin, have it added to my Favorites on the Squeezebox settings, but can't get it to play anything. I think the problem is a configuration issue with my PC. Any recommendations on where to go for help?
Vitisgod - with no experience of a Squeezebox at home, the first place I would look is here:
That said, I will try to look up some general FAQs on installation for you to look at.
I am using wireless connected Asus notebook with HDMI output with a 14 metre HDMI cable which sends excellent video & sound to my TV. However I can not understand why it will not send sound only to my Sony DA5400ES receiverwith the same cable.However using a 10 metre stereo cable with 3.5 mm jack to two phono 's from my Asus to my receiver I am able to get Gramophone player sound to my Hi-Fi speakers.
I can only assume it's a sound setting problem in the computer. Does the notebook send HDMI video and audio to the receiver, and then on to the TV, when playing DVDs on the computer? If so, it could be that the sound preferences in the computer are set up only to send particular sound formats - eg Dolby Digital/DTS - via HDMI, and not straight PCM audio.
If I recall, you may need to set something like Control Panel -> Sounds and Audio Devices -> Audio Tab -> Set audio playback to 'HDMI Output'
I too have a Squeezebox (Duet model) via which I have now managed to make the Gplayer play wirelessly through my hi-fi. The Waveinput plugin was simple to instal. The biggest problem for me was selecting the right options on my PC's sound recording and playback software. Once that was done, all worked fine.
If I may look the proverbial gift horse in the mouth, the Gplayer would be more convenient to use if one didn't have to keep going to the PC (in my case it's in another room in the apartment) to check the details of the track currently playing on the hi-fi... those old cover-mounted CDs had some practical advantages!
The little gadget shown in Andrew's November article is much better than direct connexion of computer's analogue audio output to audio system and simple to set up. (See my comments on G-Player audio quality.)
I have the same problem as pgraber. Computer upstairs, expensive serious HIFI downstairs. It was much easier with the old CD! However, I don't have wireless, although I do have broadband, and especially don't want a laptop anywhere near my music room! I'm completely lost with the language/products that are mentioned and seem to make some solution.
I too was lost with the products & languages like cseosborn but the gadget I referred to above at £40 from Maplin is a very simple solution to link a computer to an audio system wirelessly: plug in and play; no programming or menus! I use it in the same room as one of my audio set ups but the instruction leaflet claims it can transmit up to 150 ft so it should work from upstairs to downstairs. You will then be kept fit though by having to keep dashing up & down stairs: start off what you want to listen upstairs then rush down to listen to it!
As I have said elsewhere it is not CD quality but whether this is due to the device or the audio quality of the downloads I don't know: I suspect the latter.