Pro-Ject Stream Box DS
Highend audio with Wi-Fi, LAN, USB sources
Box Control: full control of Stream Box• Audiophile grade 24bit/192 kHz highend audio streaming client
For more information visit: www.boxcontrol.it
• Ethernet & WLAN
• Meets the Standards UPnP & DLNA 1.0/1.5
• USB input for flash memory and hard disk drives
• USB input for Apple devices using digital out
• Internetradio with automatic detection of local stations
• “Gapless“ playback for all formats
• Luxury 3,5” TFT colour display that shows album cover art
• Solid metal casework protects sensible electronics from vibration and RF interference
• “DS” design with classy 3mm aluminium faceplate, rectangular edges and no visible screws
• Gold plated RCA connectors
• Wall-plug power supply (included)
• Control via IR remote (included) or Plug-Player, SongBook, Chorus DS, ...
• Internetradio plattform: vTuner built-in
• Using streaming services, like Spotify, Deezer, Grooveshark, Simfy, ...with Jamcast software
• Direct streaming from portable devices using iMediaShare
• AIFF & AAC cover art supported
• Additional menue languages (Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Italian, Chinese, French, Dutch)
Retail price: € 699,00
28.11.2012: New Firmware Version 188.8.131.52 available!
You can update the Firmware at "Settings" - "General" - "Software Update".
Stream Box DS multiroom application
Combine several Stream Box DS to a multiroom audio system with Windows Media Player 12 (Windows 7 PC)!
Audiophile playback because of Stream Box DS.
In each zone different music at the same time!
Use Spotify & Co on Stream Box DS
„Jamcast“ installed on PC/Notebook makes your Stream Box DS a multifunctional „Wireless Soundcard“ (with a lot more features than Apple‘s Airplay)!
Stream music from Smartphone to Stream Box DS
„iMediashare“ makes it possible to transfer your music directly from Smartphone to Stream Box DS!
Note: iOS version is not working correctly with Stream Box DS. When selecting music from iTunes library, App crashes and shows abnormal end. iMediaShare is informed and is working on a solution. As an alternative, it is possible to stream audio from iPod/iPhone/iPad using newest version of Plug-Player Version (4.1.0), which is also able to send music to Stream Box DS. Android version of iMediaShare is not affected and works perfectly!
FAQ - Hints for using Stream Box DS
Q: I cannot see my Windows-PC under Media Server.
A: Make sure that media sharing in Windows Media Player is enabled.
Go to “Streaming” – “Turn on media streaming” (Windows 7) or “Library” – “Media Sharing”.
Q: The USB hard disk or storage media is not recognized by the Stream Box DS.
A: Check whether it is formatted FAT32 and not exFAT or NTFS.
With a larger Storage than 32GB you need a special tool to format it as FAT32 (eg. Fat32Formatter).
Q: How can I update the Firmware?
A: From the main menu of the Stream Box DS choose "Settings" - "General" - "Software Update".
Q: Why does not support the Stream Box NTFS?
A: FAT32 is the standard filesystem for all music players, digital cams, printers etc. and therefore the best compatible filesystem for all devices. NTFS support more features e.g. security info and therefore it can make troubles. FAT32 has no disadvantages compared to NTFS which are relevant in the audio world.
Q: Why does the PJ Box Control APP work on Streambox DS without upgrading to NetAPI?
A: Because Box Control APP is based on UPnP standards, it allows to control and browse the stream (music content). It does not allow to control all functions of the unit itself. Therefore internet radio cannot be controlled and there is no gapless playback functionality. The overall performance and speed of the PJ Box Control APP is much better with NetAPI, compared to standard UPnP.
Q: Why I must pay € 100,- for the upgrade?
A: The NetAPI upgrade is a whole new software package, which allows us to implement more and better features for actual and future developments. For example: It will allow you to get also one of our new coming remote boxes which allows you to control a whole box design system including CD Player, analogue Preamp as well as your TV with one app. Additionally playback of ALAC files is possible as well as Gapless with NetAPI, when using the PJ Box Control APP for Stream Box control.
You don’t loose any money, because Streambox DSnet (with NetAPI) costs exactly € 100,- more anyway. Streambox Dsnet with the NetAPI is not only an audiophile grade streamer, it is also one of the best streamers on the market in terms of easiness and speed of control.
Q: What is to consider to use GAPLESS?
A: The GAPLESS playback between 2 tracks works when the music is played from an USB storage device.
If the music is played from an UPnP Server (eg. Twonky) GAPLESS only works with the remote control or with our Box Control App over NetAPI.
To use NetAPI you have to upgrade your Stream Box DS to DS net.
With a normal UPnP-Control-App (eg. PlugPlayer) GAPLESS is not possible.
Q: What is necessary to play FLAC files with 24Bit/192KHz without interruptions?
A: For music files with high data rates (even WAV files) a LAN connection is necessary because WiFi-G has too less bandwidth.
Further necessary is a powerful NAS-System or a fast USB storage.
Avoid retranscoding music by the server, because this can also cause dropouts.
Q: What is to consider at the Router?
A: You can use either wireless (WLAN) or wired (LAN) connection, but by principle LAN connections are more reliable than WLAN.
If wireless is your choice, use at least Wifi „G“ or mixed “G/N”routers and channels 1 to 11. If you face speed problems on specific channels, switch to another.
Q: What is to consider at the UPnP/DLNA-Server?
A: Twonky media server or Asset UPnP will give perfect results. Many DLNA servers can be enabled for transcoding of the original signal to another file format. This changes the integrity of original signal and requires a lot of processing power in NAS systems.
Transcoding may lead to drop-outs in playback, so please make sure transcoding is not enabled!
Q: What is to consider at the NAS (Network Attached Storage)?
A: Main CPU of network attached storage device should have at least 1GHz for playback of HD music without dropouts (QNAP-NAS consistently have reliable quality with Twonky pre-installed).
There are no restrictions for the file system as the NAS takes over the management of the files.
Q: How can I access my iTunes library with the Stream Box?
A: To access the music of your iTunes library you have also to install an UPnP/DLNA media server like Twonky. When you configure the media server, the iTunes folder, where the music is stored, must be specified.
Q: What is to consider at Audio Playback and Ripping Formats?
A: HD music files (24 bit/88,2 - 192kHz) have audio quality like in the recording studio and are available from diverse online sources.
Second best are uncompressed file formats created from CD source. WAV is a 1:1 copy of CD‘s audio with best sound quality, but no tag information or album art will be displayed. Lossless audio formats like FLAC & ALAC offer the same audio quality as WAV, but need only 60% of hard-disk space and show album art plus track/artist information.
PLEASE NOTE: FLAC offers 8 levels of lossless compression, levels 4 to 8 give best results. With compression levels 1 to 3 you will get NO playback, because of excessively high data rates (please use WAV instead)! Please also make sure that album cover art graphic is smaller than 800kbyte, bigger files will not be displayed! ALAC does need Twonky or Asset UPnP as server for playback. Please avoid lossy compressed file formats, like MP3 or AAC, if you are forced to use these, select highest bitrate (320 kbit/sec) to get playback quality near CD. All suggested ripping formats (except WAV) are able to display cover art and metadata, if these information is available from online data base (CDDB, Gracenote,…), when ripping.
Q: What is to consider at the CD Ripping Software?
A: We strongly recommend to use high quality ripping programs and the best available audio formats to store music onto computer or network. There are many different programs for download, which can be used as ripping and playback software (iTunes, Windows media player, foobar2000, EAC…). If you want to be sure to get a bit-perfect copy, please activate “Ripping Security” in foobar2000, dBpoweramp or Exact Audio Copy (EAC).
Q: What is to consider at Home Recordings from analogue sources?
A: If you record your own files from vinyl or analogue tape, you are able to transfer the original quality by using 24bit depth and higher sampling rate (96 to 192kHz). High quality recording software needs not to be expensive, we recommend Audacity combined with high quality audio interface like Phono Box USB V.
Q: Is it possible to play WAV- or M4a-Files?
A: WAV-Files (Fileextension .wav) or MPEG-4 Audio (Fileextension .m4a) are container formats. WAV-Files contains LPCM-Audio files and M4a-Files can contain AAC- and ALAC audio files.
10.11.2011: 4.0.19 Info
• AIFF playback implementation
• Full FLAC 176/24 support
• Album art display with AAC files embedded
• Album art display with AIFF files embedded
• Multilanguage font for Russian and Chinese filenames and metadata
• Support of Linn’s uncompressed FLAC192 files (bit rate 9000 kBit)
• Improvement on FLAC192 files via USB
• Dramatically improved behaviour with FLAC192
• Improvement with external control points
• Dramatically improved overall system stability
• Additional languages implemented: Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Italian, Chinese, French, Dutch
• Increased system heap to increase the performance.
• Corrected device name and USB input names in Chinese, Spanish and French translation.
• Corrected UPnP friendly name in Chinese translation.
• Added some missing strings in Spanish translation.
• Various corrections in Dutch translation.
• Exchanged device icons for the network view in Vista and Win7 and for listings on external control points.
• Track ends not cut anymore when using external control points
• Implemented setNextAvTransportUri
• Fixed a problem with FLAC-files with big cover arts
• Further small bug fixes and optimizations
Pro-Ject Audio Systems has no influence on the mentioned third-party software (e.g. Jamcast, PlugPlayer) and therefore cannot guarantee a proper operating of this software. The use of this third-party software is at your own risk, although we recommend it. Liability claims have to be asserted at the third-party software manufacturer, Pro-Ject Audio Systems disclaims all liability in this regard.