Has anybody connected Jriver to the Airlens? I am looking for instructions for how to configure Jriver to connet to the airlens. Appreciate any help
To play from Jriver through the airlens, you will use Jriver’s DLNA playback capabilities. I have not been able to figure out how to get it to play back DSD files reliably, but I have very few of them so no big deal.
When I want to play those back, I use Roon. In fact my preferred method of playback is through roon, but you asked about Jriver so here goes.
I am running Jriver 31. How you do this in prior versions is pretty much the same
I assume you already have your PC with Jriver and the airlens connected to the same local area network. If that is not the case you must first complete that step. Once this is the case you should be able to open the Jriver and see the Airlens in your list of DLNA clients. Here’s a screenshot of mine for reference.
Once you see that device listed, the next step is to configure a dlna server in your jriver media network settings. To do this click on the Tools menu in the top menu bar and then select options.
Once you have selected options you should see a screen with this menu on the left. Click on media network. This is where you will tell JRiver about the attributes of the Airlens
In the right section of the window you will see an line that says the following.
Click on that line to reveal the DLNA Servers window,
You may or may not see an item that says original format. It doesn’t really matter if you do or don’t because we will be creating a new one of those. Click on the Add… Button you see in the upper right side of that window to reveal the following screen.
Select the Audiophile 24-bit DAC (PS Audio, etc). You should then see something like this.
Make sure you click on the Audiophile dac as shown above on the screen and that the same Display name shows in the window pane below
In that window pane, click on Mode and select Specified output format only when necessary, as shown below.
Then click on Advanced to reveal the additional options shown.
Click on DSP Studio to reveal the following window.
Since the specifications state that the airlens is only capable of PCM up to 352.8 kHz as shown below we need to make some adjustments to the DSP settings.
In the following section of the DSP window scroll down until you can see all of the bitrates that are above 352.8 and set all of the ones that are higher than 352.8 to the 352.8 setting as shown below.
Then click the done button in the lower right corner of the DSP window.
You should now be back on the DLNA servers window as follows
Click the OK button in the bottom of that window.
And finally, click the OK button in the bottom right of the Options window
You should now be back on the main Jriver window.
Locate the Airlens in the upper left of that window as before
Right-click on AirLens to reveal the following menu options.
Move your mouse down to the Associate with DLNA server option and hover over that option. This will reveal the associate with XX (Audiophile 24-bit DAC). Click on that item to select it.
Now that you have the DLNA capabilities of the Airlens specified, you can try to play back some music.
Locate a non DSD file that you would like to playback. Right click on that file to reveal this menu of options.
From that menu move your mouse over the Send To option to reveal the different DLNA devices on your network that you could possibly play back to.
Move your mouse to the Play (Airlens) option which will reveal another menu of options shown below.
Select the play option that suits your fancy.
If you’ve managed to follow these convoluted steps perfectly, after a few seconds, you should begin to hear music coming from your system.
Good luck!!! You are going to need it.
Assuming that you got that one file to play back properly, you can use the same method to playback playlists or albums too.
Finally to see what is playing and the list of what is to come, simply click on the Airlens in that list of devices in the upper left of the main Jriver window and you should see something like this.
@Paul I think you need to put me on the payroll after this one.
Roon solves all that, thankfully.
I completely agree Al.
That is s seriously rediculous number of steps to have to follow to be able to play content in a music library.
In roon its maybe 3 to 5 steps to get the airlens set up and music playing.
Dude, you just saved me a ton of time. Thank You!!! Paul should put you on the payroll.
Great service, thanks!
As a long time Jriver user I fortunately knew most of it but I have one question regarding the DSP settings.
So far I used the “Original” Output format and left all DSP settings to none (didn’t use it).
Am I right that what you suggested is just necessary if one has higher resolution downloads than the Airlens is capable of and wants to play those with downsampling by Jriver instead of converting them manually first?
Boy, Jriver must be something really special.
Sounds better than most other servers, has great tablet custom view options and other mobile device or tablet functions like editing metadata over the JRemote app etc. or on the fly downsampling to MP3 just for car or abroad use etc.
Roon in comparison would be „unusable“ for me for a large collection, nice GUI but all too big and space consuming, not flexible and fast enough to handle. Although I’m an Apple, no Android kind of user
Wow, this is amazing. I followed your directions and it worked. It is a little kludgy, but it does work. Thanks for the very detailed instructions
I believe so. If you try playing a file that is beyond your DAC/Driver combo’s ability, JRiver will give you an error message pop up window. You should be able to check by downloading sample tracks of various resolutions. I got mine from Sound Liaison’s website. Not sure if they still offer for free. They had allowed so you could check your DAC/Driver’s capability before purchasing upper resolution files.
If you don’t have files beyond you DAC/Driver combo’s ability, you should be just fine. After upgrading my DAC and preamp, I found no resampling via DSP to give consistently best results.
I’m not a tablet user. I don’t use separate NASs. I keep things simple with Win11 PCs and external HDDs. I maintain separate setups per 2 different systems. I like using wireless desktops and my 4k flatscreens to navigate JRiver and other media. My living room DAC has a web user interface in lieu of a remote, so this integrates nicely in my reference setup. Plus I get the advantage of watching youtube without adds with an adblocker add-on on my web browsers.
@Boom_Boom is correct in what he says.
I do it that way because sometime in the future, I may obtain a file that exceeds the capabilities of the Airlens. If I do and then try to play it back it would error out and I would then need to figure out why it didn’t play at that time. To me, it seems better to set it up as correctly as possible from the start to avoid the hastle later.
I’m not sure what’s worse, configuring Jriver to properly play music or assembling an IKEA Christmas tree
Is it too late to choose the tree?
It’s important not to activate the “Bitstream” setting under DLNA configuration - Advanced (as it was recommended with Bridge II) as otherwise the AirLens will only play up to DSD128.
I have problems of slow reactions after clicking on different tracks and partly loosing connection of JRemote or Jriver to the AirLens during frequent track switching (I then can’t even stop play with JRemote or Jriver without shutting down the Jriver Server, although network connection stays up. That’s different to Bridge II behavior, where connection was always present. The AirLens seems have quite some buffering, not sure if this plays a role.
Would be great if someone at PSA would try Jriver with track switching and publish settings.
Do you remember where to select if using the Jriver or JRemote volume control changes the volume of the DAC or not? I just turned it off and don’t know how . Except if it was caused by deselecting Bitstreamng to get DSD256.
I’ve never used JRemote, so I am not sure.
I did find this web page, though. Not sure if it will help.
So, just to be clear, I should toggle off this “Bitstream DSD (requires DoPE compliant renderer)” setting when using the Air Lens with my DS Sr. DAC?: