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Hello everyone,

 

Before you judge me, I really am a novice as far as network music and streamers is concerned. Although, I have a background in IT and electronics, the whole world of streaming, DLNA/UPnP, servers, renderers is quite new to me and I aim to catch up with the technology. I come from a simpler world of CD players, turntables and vinyl, amplifiers and speakers, so it's been a little difficult wrapping my head around the myriad ways of putting together a digital music streaming system.

 

I guess I could have made it easier by purchasing something like an Auralic or Lumin or any of those 1 box solutions, but I don't get the fun and the frustrations I would get by tinkering with something like the SOtM.

 

I propose to purchase the SOtM sMS-200ultra (why I chose this particular product is a long story and really not worth getting into) and connect it to my home network and computer setup which consists today of iMacs, Mac Mini and MacBooks, a smattering of Raspberry Pis, a Naim Muso Qb, and an old NAS (Western Digital WDShareSpace). My home network is wifi based but for better reliability for music I intend to use an ethernet connection exclusively for the sMS-200 directly from my Netgear Orbi router.

 

So far so good - I hope.

 

I have an iFi iDSD BL connected to one of my iMacs which is used on a daily basis. I run JRiver as the music server app accessing one of the disk drives I have connected to it. I also run JRiver on the MacMini which accesses an SSD drive directly connected to it. The JRiver DLNA servers are configured and working and I can access them from my Naim Muso. The MacMini is connected to my main music system via an Ayon Stealth USB DAC.

 

I intend to connect the SOtM too the Ayon DAC instead of the MacMini. This is where my head begins to spin mainly because the info provided by SOtM is less than sparse. It really is dismal. I have come to the conclusion that I can

1. use JRiver DLNA server on the MacMini

2. use JRiver DLNA server on an iMac

3. connect the SOtM to the Twonky DLNA server on the NAS

4. Connect my SSD drive directly to the USB port on SOtM

5. Access the music on the NAS as a shared file server

6. I also believe that I should be able to treat the SOtM as a DLNA Renderer and play music using Jriver on my Mac and configuring the SOtM as an end point. Am I right? If I did this then I am almost back where I started with my MacMini acting as server and renderer so I guess this would be a total waste of time and money.

 

Please note I am deliberately ignoring all the other possibilities in the SOtM like Shairport, Roon, Squeezelite, HQPlayer for various reasons such as cost, quality, compatibility etc.

 

Each of the possible connections above lead to the following questions -

a. how do I connect the SOtM to the DLNA servers provided by JRiver or Twonky?

b. how do I use the SOtM to read the music files I have on the SSD?

c. How do I connect SOtM to a NAS shared file server?

c. Can I have my cake and eat it by connecting the SOtM to both the DLNA server and the SSD drives?

 

I hope someone can set me straight here. Which would be the easiest way to go and will I be compromising on sound quality if I was to use any of these methods?

 

SOtM boasts in their literature that the sMS-200 has MPD/DLNA facility. How then does this work? Is this different from my using MPD on my iMac or MacMini and streaming the music to the SOtM?

 

The other obvious question is how do I control any of these options from my iPhone or iPad? What client would I use for any of these options?

 

Thanks in advance guys.

 

Stephen

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First U do not mention that u have a smartphone to access the eunhasu web app..  This is the only way to access the SMS200 Ultra . For the iphone http://eunhasu.local will connect to the SMS200.. Make sure that the iphone is on the same network as the SMS 200 Ultra (even 2.5G and 5G can trip up the connection) 

U shuld power cycle the Sms200 unit to ensure that it is on the network! It needs either 9v or 12v with at least 1.5 amps from the power supply!

Sticking with JRiver MC.. U go to options Media and activate the network link with tge SMS200 (which must be on the MPD/DLNA option too

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The main idea to remember is that SM200 is an Endpoint on yr network.. Whether NAS or a USB music drive plugged into the other USB Slot inbthe SM200 shuld not matter.. U use the Music playing Software to point to the Music library and select yr songs or playlist.. 

 

The above are basic guidelines.. Suggest u select a music playbk Software that can handle streamed music ovet a home nerwork and a web browser or App.. and then u csn flesh out the details

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Kelvinwsy,

 

Thanks for the response.

 

Yes, I have a smart phone (iPhone) and a tablet (iPad) which I use to control JRiver at present, so that should not be an issue. 

 

The SMS-200 being an end point is basically a DLNA renderer which would allow me to setup JRiver as a DLNA server the way you described. I would then use the built-in MPD to access JRiver's DLNA server? 

 

The SMS-200 also allows me to access an NAS via Ethernet or a disk drive connected over USB and the same built-in MPD app will turn it into a DLNA server and a renderer the same time?

 

If I am right on these points then is there any documentation on how I can configure the SMS-200 Eunhasu software for these use cases?

 

This leads me to the next question - can I use all three simultaneously?

 

Assuming I can get these to perform, then what control app (is the the Music playing software you refer to in your response?) should I use on my iPhone/iPad? I have played around with MPD on my iMac, and I have to say that it's a complex piece of software just to set up correctly. I tried using Ncmpcpp to control it and its totally inadequate for this day and age. I tried using Rigelian on my iPad. It's a step up from ncmpcpp but no where as polished as JRiver's or Audirvana's remote control apps.

 

Can I use Rigelian with the MPD on the SMS200? Would this same remote control app be used for all the use cases above?

 

Stephen

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Using Jriver MC as the Music software would then point to JRemote as the IOS App to use.. 

The library that u point to will be the Jriver Library option .. I use to run Jriver on my Laptop and Jremote on my Iphone using the Bridge card in the PS audio PERFECT WAVE II DAC.. 

I have also used BubbleUPnP but Jremote is most suited fir Jriver

I have sold the PWD II DAC... and now own the SOTM SM200 Ultra NEO.. but I use the SM200 as a HQPlayer NAA. 

 

If I may suggest ( I hv not done this for some time.. 

1. U start Jriver on your PC or laptop

2. Setup your network with SM200 connected via Eunhasu with the DAC connected to PC OR to the SM200 usb socket

3. Select Setup option on Eunhasu Interface and point to the music library

4. Start Jriver on PC and select playback options to find the DAC connected to the SM200 

5. if success in connection then start jRemote on your iphone and start exploring yr options

 

Good luck

 

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Using Jriver MC as the Music software would then point to JRemote as the IOS App to use.. 

The library that u point to will be the Jriver Library option .. I use to run Jriver on my Laptop and Jremote on my Iphone using the Bridge card in the PS audio PERFECT WAVE II DAC.. 

I have also used BubbleUPnP but Jremote is most suited fir Jriver

I have sold the PWD II DAC... and now own the SOTM SM200 Ultra NEO.. but I use the SM200 as a HQPlayer NAA. 

 

If I may suggest ( I hv not done this for some time.. 

1. U start Jriver on your PC or laptop

2. Setup your network with SM200 connected via Eunhasu with the DAC connected to PC OR to the SM200 usb socket

3. Select Setup option on Eunhasu Interface and point to the music library

4. Start Jriver on PC and select playback options to find the DAC connected to the SM200 

5. if success in connection then start jRemote on your iphone and start exploring yr options

 

Good luck

 

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5 hours ago, swcng2001 said:

The SMS-200 being an end point is basically a DLNA renderer which would allow me to setup JRiver as a DLNA server the way you described. I would then use the built-in MPD to access JRiver's DLNA server? 

 

The SMS-200 also allows me to access an NAS via Ethernet or a disk drive connected over USB and the same built-in MPD app will turn it into a DLNA server and a renderer the same time?

 

If I am right on these points then is there any documentation on how I can configure the SMS-200 Eunhasu software for these use cases?

 

This leads me to the next question - can I use all three simultaneously?

 

Assuming I can get these to perform, then what control app (is the the Music playing software you refer to in your response?) should I use on my iPhone/iPad? I have played around with MPD on my iMac, and I have to say that it's a complex piece of software just to set up correctly. I tried using Ncmpcpp to control it and its totally inadequate for this day and age. I tried using Rigelian on my iPad. It's a step up from ncmpcpp but no where as polished as JRiver's or Audirvana's remote control apps.

 

Can I use Rigelian with the MPD on the SMS200? Would this same remote control app be used for all the use cases above?

 

It may be worth putting on your IT hat here and investigating MPD & the sMS-200's Eunhasu firmware a bit deeper. You appear to be under the misconception that it provides a UPnP/DLNA media server - it doesn't even (natively) support UPnP/DLNA streaming!

The only reason why you can even use it as if it were a standard UPnP/DLNA renderer on the sMS-200 is because it comes bundled with the upmpdcli specialised MPD client application, which emulates a standard UPnP/DLNA renderer by translating standard UPnP/DLNA controller commands into MPD ones.

 

Bear in mind, that upmpdcli can also be configured to emulate (in parallel with its standard UPnP/DLNA renderer) an OpenHome (aka UPnP with Linn extensions) renderer and therefore be controlled by OpenHome controller apps (OpenHome controllers cannot be used to control standard UPnP/DLNA renderers). However, SOtM have instead opted to use the BubbleUPnP Server on its Eunhasu firmware to provide the OpenHome renderer emulation, as it natively supports the TIDAL & Qobuz online music service accessing mechanisms used by TIDAL & Qobuz supporting OpenHome controller apps such as Linn Kazoo.   

 

So your choices as far as controller apps are concerned are either MPD clients that provide that functionality for MPD (such as the Rigelian & Ncmpcpp app you were looking at) or any app that can be used as as a standard UPnP/DLNA controller or an OpenHome controller. I've very little experience natively controlling MPD, but I know most apps that can be used as UPnP/DLNA controllers in combination with other controller & non-controller functions (notably the BubbleUPnP Android app) and unfortunately I can't think of any that can also be used as an MPD controller.

 

To summarise, MPD on the sMS-200 should:

- be able to access your music files on the attached USB drive or from a NAS network shared folder but only for its own native internal music cataloguing database (and not as a UPnP/DLNA media server) searchable by MPD clients only;

- be able to be natively controlled by any appropriate MPD client app as a music file player of the files referenced by its internal database;

- be able to play your music files provided by any UPnP/DLNA media server by effectively being controlled by any standard UPnP controller (via upmpdcli) or any OpenHome controller (via upmpdcli & the BubbleUPnP Server).

 

 

If you really want to use the sMS-200 as a UPnP/DLNA media server to provide the music files from an attached USB drive and/or from network shared folders, then your only choice is to use the built-in Logitech Media Server provided by the Squeezelite / Logitech Media Server Eunhasu service (as opposed to the MPD / DLNA renderer Eunhasu service). However, bear in mind LMS is not a native UPnP/DLNA media server, being designed primarily for (UPNP/DLNA streaming incompatible) Squeezebox type streamers, so its UPnP/DLNA media server is a bolted on function that doesn't support most of LMS's native features and isn't enabled by default.

 

Note; the MinimServer (native) UPnP media server is available on Eunhasu, but only for the sMS-1000SQ devices

 

 

Additional reference:

https://www.sotm-audio.com/sotmwp/english/eunhasu-firmware-history/

Eunhasu firmware history

Version : V0.5.1
– Date : 12-08-2020

– Changed to GnuDb.org server of CD ripper tag information server address for sMS-1000SQ
– Fixed USB disk auto mount feature bugs
– Fixed wrong free disk space report bug of samba shareVersion : V0.5.0
– Date : 11-02-2020
– Fixed and enabled MinimServer 2.0 installation
– Added debug logging on/off feature to make faster operation speed
– Added display Kernel version information on System upgrade page
– Upgraded install/uninstall feature

 

Version : V0.4.91
 – Date : 04-28-2020

– Upgraded Roonready to the version 1.1.38
– Upgraded GNU C library with needed few tools for OS system to the version 2.28-9
– Fixed Upgrade GNU C library bugs for x86_64 architecture in Eunhasu V0.4.9
– Fixed display methods of Eunhasu version information in System config page
Upgraded below apps by uninstalling and installing in Eunhasu
-> Logitech Media Server to the version 7.9.3
-> MPD to the version 0.21.21
-> Upmpdcli(DLNA renderer) to the version 1.4.7
-> HQplayer NAA to the version 4.1.1
-> Shairport to the version 3.3.5
-> LibreSpot to the version 1.1.0
-> BubbleUPnP Server to the version 0.9.update3737

 

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Hello everyone,

 

I installed the sMS-200ultra, txUSBultra and sPS-500 into my system and everything went without a hitch. May from SOtM was very helpful in explaining how best to connect it. In the end I decided to stick with JRiver on my MAcMini running as a DLNA/UPnP server and setting up MPD & DLNA on the sMS-200. It was just a few clicks with my trackpad and everything played well together.

 

My first impression was that the sound is quite organic in the mid range. There wasn't any digital grit in the high end and bass was not rounded and neither were the high frequencies over emphasised. Of course many of these are system and room acoustics dependent. I played tracks from RIPs of my CDs. I also have a few DSD files purchased from NativeDSD or HDTracks all of which were handled well by the SOtM trio. The next thing I will try is to use an audiophile switch in my network.

 

Thanks everyone.

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@Cebolla, I believe all the options you suggested will work. I already had JRiver on my system and did not want to try something different for now. I took @Kelvinwsy's as well as May's (SOtM) advice and decided to give JRiver a try. It was very easy to setup.

 

Thanks again.

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2 hours ago, swcng2001 said:

@Cebolla, I believe all the options you suggested will work. I already had JRiver on my system and did not want to try something different for now. I took @Kelvinwsy's as well as May's (SOtM) advice and decided to give JRiver a try. It was very easy to setup.

 

My point wasn't a suggestion as such, only to steer you in the direction of the actual internal workings of the MPD/DLNA renderer Enhansu service and therefore the reason why you can't get it to perform your requirement of getting the sMS-200ultra to provide a UPnP/DLNA media server for audio files accessed from an attached USB drive or networked shared folders.

We will win because our NHS is the beating heart of this country. It is the best of this country. It is unconquerable. It is powered by love.

-- Boris Johnson

 

We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us.

-- Jo Cox

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On 9/28/2021 at 12:14 AM, kelvinwsy said:

First U do not mention that u have a smartphone to access the eunhasu web app..  This is the only way to access the SMS200 Ultra . For the iphone http://eunhasu.local will connect to the SMS200.. Make sure that the iphone is on the same network as the SMS 200 Ultra (even 2.5G and 5G can trip up the connection) 

A phone is not the only way to access the Eunhasu web app. Just enter the sms-200's IP address in your computer's browser, Eunhasu is available there.

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@Cebola, I misunderstood your intent. I get it now that in simplistic terms, the sMS-200 and its Eunhasu software is simply a renderer. The various options provided are to configure the interface to the various servers that it was designed to support.

 

I decided to use JRiver as the DLNS server and installing the sMS-200 was not difficult. So far its performed impeccably with JRiver.

 

Thanks.

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