Overview Sound System
First of all, the network music player has to be connected to your home network by Wi-Fi or by Ethernet cable. Of course, a pair of existing speakers has to be connected to the unit as well. After that is done you are all set to start to play music.
You play music by using your smart phone or tablet, PC or Mac. They are like remote controls for playback; play a track, pause or stop, fast forward, skip to the next track . . . or add music to a playlist or adjust the volume.
When you use an app on your device Airplay is used to stream available audio on the device to the network music player. It means that you can use any audio app on your phone, not only the music player, also podcasts, radio or streaming services like Pandora, Qobuz, Tidal and Spotify etc. can be streamed.
Even if you can stream Spotify using Airplay the network music player directly supports Spotify. That means that player is one of the devices you can choose from in settings of the actual Spotify app (inside the app). The streaming is seamlessly integrated in the Spotify app and gives you the full listening experience. Retro Audiophile Designs recommends the Spotify app as the preferred way to enjoy music.
The network music player has also its own local software. It is mainly used for receiving digital audio streams and convert them into analogue sound that is amplified. However, instead of directly streaming from your device you can use the local software for playback accessed by player.local in any web browser as well, especially well suited for local music libraries. More importantly the local player software is also used for all aspects of settings of the unit (like Wi-Fi, default volume, etc.). The network music player also works as a DLNA renderer.