Reviews and Problems with Cambridge Audio NP30 Network Music Player
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Value for money 4
KattenFrederik a Audio Enthusiast, Audio Review
30 June 2013
Summary: Well... I'm not the type of guy writing reviews normally, but i feel I have to warn against this expensive (in Denmark) piece of equipment. Will not comment much on sound, it's okay (even fine for some bitrates af mps/AAC). Problem is getting sound out of this box... Remote application for iPad/iPhone is a joke, sooo slow, frequently crashing, I then tried remote application for Android on a Nexus 7.
Summary: the app is not very friendly and it takes forever to do a search. I was able to see/find my music folders, but it took a lot more time than Sonos connect. Sound quality is better than sonos, but app and get it to the music on your sever/NAS it is too much of a pain to even consider owning NP30. Pandora app I was not able to make it work. On the other hand, internet-radio is really good. Thus, if you looking for internet-radio this is the way to go.
Poor DLNA Renderer implementation; does not play AAC streams
26 March 2012
Summary: My main goal was to stream the output of my computer (PC) soundcard (using a DLNA server like Jamcast) or the output of foobar2000 player installed on my computer (using foo_upnp plugin) to the Hi-Fi system in the living room one floor down (wired connection using powerline adapters). I prefer to manage my playlists at the computer and just stream them to the living room HiFi system. Plus this allows me to use the DSP chain on my computer (e.g.
Summary: This is a fantastic bit of kit and a great way to listen to all your digital music via one simple device. It looks great and sounds excellent, it's also very forgiving to low quality digital files. It has a really straightforward interface with a clear display and feels really solid like it's been built to last. It's also well worth downloading the UuVol Remote App so you can control the player using your iPhone.
Summary: Recently got an NP30, and I have to say, I am very impressed with it! First time I have reviewed anything on Amazon, so lets keep it simple: Whats good? 1. Simple to set up: basic menu's, but you cant get lost in them, that's a real strength for me, unlike trying to change advanced settings on the PC, where I always end up with a bunch of incomprehensible techno-bable Windows menu's 2. UPnP, very simple technology, which is why so many people use it.
Summary: If you look at my other reviews, you'll see I'm a pretty positive guy. The Sonata NP-30 is the worst audio product that I have ever purchased. I don't usually buy products new to the marketplace. But this product intrigued me. Unfortunately, it doesn't work, isn't easy to get working, and just poorly thought out in all respects. For $600 its a flawed, overpriced product. It's a small box, the display isn't very good or provide much information.
Summary: The NP30 doesn't see iTunes at all on Windows Home Server and although it finds Windows Home Connect, it will not load my library but simply reports [empty]. I installed Twonky Media server on WHS. Magically, the NP30 then found my library. When the the files are playing (after eventually loading after about 30seconds), they sound terrific. Meaty, full bass, zingy treble, even at 196kbs.
Pros: looks , build , sound
Cons: flaky connectivity , crashes/drops connection , app not reliable