I personally rip my own CDs to lossless and am very careful about properly tagging them. I make sure all “artist,” “album,” “composer,” “track,” “title” and other fields are filled up correctly and without spelling errors.
I do this because prior to using the DS with Bridge II, my Cambridge CXN (network streamer with the same functionality but does not sound as good) displays that information on its LCD screen. Also, the songs are stored in a Synology NAS on which minimserver is running. I use the mconnect HD app on my iPad to choose what to play.
Meta tags show up correctly on the Cambridge CXN. Here is an example:
The song title is “Sailing” and the artist is Rumer. Not shown is the composer, Christopher Cross.
But here’s what appears on the LCD display of the DS:
The song title is correct but instead of the artist, the composer shows up below. Also, the album title is correct on the CXN, but on the DS, the year meta tag of the album is also displayed.
Here’s another song from the same album:
and here’s what it looks like on the DS:
Last but not least, my wife commented that the typeface on its LCD screen appeared “CRT-like” and not reflective of its price. She compared it to my Cambridge CXN which uses some type of font smoothing to make it more legible. Naturally, I defended the DS saying it sounds a whole lot better than the CXN, but I sort of saw where she was coming from.
My questions are:
- Is this intended? Below the song title, the DS displays the “composer” tag instead of “artist?”
- Can some type of font smoothing be applied to the UI of the next DS update?
Thanks in advance.