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8.2 out of 10

Cambridge Audio NP30 Network Music Player

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Reviews and Problems with Cambridge Audio NP30 Network Music Player

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Overall 4
4.0
Value for money 4
4.0

User Review

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.
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Overall 6
6.0

Needs to Sync

DLee, Crutchfield
5 February 2013
  • Summary: See pros and cons for a summary.
  • Pros: Good sound quality Good form factor
  • Cons: Stream Magic App for web control needs to be upgraded to allow synchronization of multiple units to allow multi-room listening without a delay/echo effect. Squeezebox and Sonos both have this. The startup time is slow More internet radio memory presets should be allowed There should be a better searching function for local internet radio stations. Squeezebox detects your location and gives a list of stations in the area. With the NP30 you can only narrow things down b...
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Overall 6
6.0

Needs to Sync

DLee, Crutchfield
5 February 2013
  • Summary: See pros and cons for a summary.
  • Pros: Good sound quality Good form factor
  • Cons: Stream Magic App for web control needs to be upgraded to allow synchronization of multiple units to allow multi-room listening without a delay/echo effect. Squeezebox and Sonos both have this. The startup time is slow More internet radio memory presets should be allowed There should be a better searching function for local internet radio stations. Squeezebox detects your location and gives a list of stations in the area. With the NP30 you can only narrow things down b...
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Overall 4
4.0

Deceptive marketing

John, Amazon
2 December 2011
  • Summary: The Cambridge Audio marketing people write "music stored on computers and other hard drives inherently suffers from jitter". This is not true, or at least it is true in that *any* form of recorded music suffers from time-base errors. They also claim that they can remove jitter. This is also not true. Their device is handed a file and they reclock the data upon conversion to analog. It is impossible to remove any jitter that may be recorded into a sampled signal.
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Overall 4
4.0

Poor DLNA Renderer implementation; does not play AAC streams

sergey, Amazon
2 December 2011
  • 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.
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Overall 2
2.0

False advertising

A. W., Amazon
2 December 2011
  • Summary: It says it supports Rhapsody but it doesn't. It took 2 months being shipped back and forth to the distributor to allegedly repair it and then it came back and didn't work at all. Then I got a new one and it still didn't support rhapsody. Apparently since it is a UK product it doesn't support Rhapsody because it is North American-specific. Nonetheless it took a long time to finally ship both of these back and I'm still waiting for a refund.
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Overall 4
4.0

Not a Very Good network player

Cesar Fernandez, Amazon
2 December 2011
  • 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.
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Overall 6
6.0

Okay When it Works!

BillH, Crutchfield
16 November 2011
  • Summary: When it works, it works well. However, it tends to lose the Wi-Fi signal every 15 minutes or so. In addition, it somewhat difficult to set up and use. See another person's review.
  • Pros: When it works, it works great.
  • Cons: Complicated as well as it loses it's signal often, which means that I have to turn it off and then on again. Starting up takes several minutes.
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Overall 6
6.0

Okay When it Works!

BillH, Crutchfield
16 November 2011
  • Summary: When it works, it works well. However, it tends to lose the Wi-Fi signal every 15 minutes or so. In addition, it somewhat difficult to set up and use. See another person's review.
  • Pros: When it works, it works great.
  • Cons: Complicated as well as it loses it's signal often, which means that I have to turn it off and then on again. Starting up takes several minutes.
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Overall 10
10

The Best Network Music Player Available

sivic2011, Amazon
5 July 2011
  • 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.
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