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AAC - Renderer/DAC Device

sibi1865

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Hello all,

With the BBC updating URLs for its Radio stations (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/help/questions/supported-devices/internet-radio-closure), I've been trying to get MPEG-DASH and HLS streams to work this week. I've had some success, but my renderer doesn't support AAC, and I have to transcode AAC to WAV, which then only allows me two hours of play before I have to start play again.

Would anyone be able to recommend a renderer or renderer/DAC that supports AAC? If it's a multi-input/DAC device, from discussions I've seen on this forum, I'd prefer something that doesn't support MQA.

Many thanks!
 

Jimbob54

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I have not seen any DAC that supports compressed bitstreams. That is supposed to be done by the host computer, not the DAC.

I was confused by the term "renderer" in this context too.

Regardless of format, I have noticed internet radio played through both Roon and also direct to my Cambridge CXN v2 streamer seems to stop after a (variable) period of time.
 
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sibi1865

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Apologies; I don't think the term renderer is used much! I use the term myself after using the BCD REFStream "ethernet renderer" for a number of years now. Probably "network bridge" is more common.
 

julian_hughes

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Hello all,

With the BBC updating URLs for its Radio stations (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/help/questions/supported-devices/internet-radio-closure), I've been trying to get MPEG-DASH and HLS streams to work this week. I've had some success, but my renderer doesn't support AAC, and I have to transcode AAC to WAV, which then only allows me two hours of play before I have to start play again.

Would anyone be able to recommend a renderer or renderer/DAC that supports AAC? If it's a multi-input/DAC device, from discussions I've seen on this forum, I'd prefer something that doesn't support MQA.

Many thanks!


Have a look at minimserver and minimstreamer.

https://minimserver.com/
https://minimstreamer.com/
https://minimstreamer.com/bbcradio.html

Minimserver is what I've been using for several years to serve all my audio files, and the minimstreamer component has allowed me to continue to listen to BBC Radio's DASH and HLS streams since the changeover a few years ago. You can set up minimstreamer to automatically convert DASH or HLS to wav or pcm and you should find there is no time or size limit.
 
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sibi1865

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Thanks!

I've also been using MinimServer for a number of years now for my audio files, and I set up MinimStreamer just this week for BBC Radio DASH or HLS. According to Simon Nash at MinimSever, however, there's a size limit on WAV, and I now know that my REFStream imposes its own smaller size limit, which equates to 2 hrs before I have to replay. Whilst not the biggest problem in the world, I wondered what ASR members may be using that supports AAC.
 
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