Since March 2021 there is an upgraded software version available
- now with Bluetooth speaker connections
Many people have asked about Bluetooth and we offer Bluetooth in not only one way, we offer it in two ways: 1) Bluetooth streaming from your phone to the Player, in addition to ordinary streaming over Wi-Fi. Bluetooth makes streaming more flexible and it is straightforward to use. 2) with this latest upgrade there is also possible to easily connect Bluetooth speakers and Bluetooth headphones. In other words, it is possible to stream from the player to Bluetooth speaker systems as well. The software is also updated with the latest software tools and upgraded versions of key components. This is the first version that support both SD cards and USB sticks as the storage of the player software. The USB stick option makes the player easier to maintain and upgrade. Emphasis is, as always, on support streaming and easy Bluetooth speaker connections. The user interface is redesigned so that streaming will be much more easy to use. In short: the Network Music Player is now faster, more robust and much more user friendly.
OPTIONS for updating
1. You can download the software from the Extras and Downloads section.
a). For Network Music Player sold 2020 and earlier (before 2021): Flash a micro SD card with the software image and update the player.
or b). For Network Music Player sold 2021 and later (after 2020): Flash a USB memory stick with the software image and update the player
If you are unsure if you have a SD card or a USB stick as the software storage - send an e-mail to contact at retroaudiophiledesigns.com or use the Contact page and we will sort that out.
2. If you do not want to update by yourself you can instead order a new micro SD card or USB memory stick. It can be ordered here.
Software updates in general
If you can download files from the Internet and copy files to a USB stick on your computer you can update the software of your Network Music Player as well. It is almost that easy . . . how it is done is described in detail here.
Please send an e-mail to contact at retroaudiophiledesigns.com or use the Contact page.
It is important that you include the Retro Audiophile Designs serial number on the label that is attached to the Network Music Player. The release history of the software versions can be found here.
Before you send us a support e-mail please read this:
[. . . and you will avoid a lot of questions from us]
Things that are important to know
The Network Music Player basically consists of a computer and an amplifier and some software (referred to as the player). It is a computer system. Computer systems are usually prone to fail over time. Often it is the software that doesn’t work correctly and it gets into an unstable state for various reasons.
This computer system is designed to be far more robust than an ordinary PC and it is. However, the Player also relies on external systems like a stable network, different devices for remote control and also decent Internet access. All that being said, it is important to realize that errors may occur and occur probably more often than for older analogue hi-fi systems since more different kind of components are involved.
The first steps to do when things go wrong
Restart the Network Music Player in order to get all the system components in a stable state:
1. Turn off the player.
2. Wait for 15 seconds.
3. Turn on the player.
4. Wait for the boot procedure to finish, may take as long as 3 minutes.
5. Try again.
Things that you should check
- Check the DC power and is the Network Music Player turned on?
Check that the Network Music Player is turned on and fed with DC power. The power cord has to be inserted correctly. It is important that the unit is fed with 19 V DC and 3.42 A. More power will damage the electronics and less will make the Player stutter or not work at all. Always use the AC/DC adapter that was provided.
- Check playback using a local music source and http://player.local
A USB memory flash drive is correctly inserted and the flash drive contains some music files of the right format so you can test playback using http://player.local and a web browser.
- Is there sound?
Check that the volume level is high enough and not muted. When streaming from apps be sure that the volume control on your device and the player volume (http://player.local) are high enough. Be sure that the Player is correctly connected to the speakers. Check that the speakers actually work.
- Is the Network Music Player connected to the network?
Check that the Network Music Player is connected to the network used. Also check that the Player and your devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi. Check that twice . . .
Test the connection by using an LAN cable, be sure that the cable is correctly inserted in the Network Music Player and in any of the correct network ports of your home network router. Be sure that your home network router is on and working correctly.
- Test you device
Restart the device you use for playback and try to do USB playback.
Check if the Network Music Player can be accessed by another device.
THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER DO
Do not try to recharge or power a device via the USB port. There is not enough power to support anything else than one USB flash drive. The effect will be that the Player will stop working until the device is removed.
Do not rapidly switch the Network Music Player on, off and on, off again . . . If the power is turned off and immediately turn on again voltage spikes may occur and that will mess up things mainly on the software side. The hardware itself is pretty robust. If you accidentally turn off the power wait for 15 seconds before turning on again.
Do not remove the SD card from the SD card reader or remove the USB memory stick with the software from its special USB port when the Player is on. The effect will be that the unit will stop working. Insert the SD card/USB stick again and restart.
It is no use to try to connect more than one USB flash drive for example through an USB hub. It always will be the first inserted USB flash drive that will be accessible.