Multiple connectivity options, sound quality is amazing
This unit completely met my needs and desires, allows mg me to offload an old receiver I know longer needed, since I no longer use turntable or tuner or CD player. Now I simply have clean, compact connectivity between legacy passive speakers - installed in ceiling in my case - and streaming services center on my phone or laptop. Well done. Easy to set up and use. Easily poets 2 pairs of 8-ohm speakers.
We replaced our old, broken Control 4 equipment with these and didn't realize the quality of our old equipment was so poor. These sound great comparatively and are MUCH less expensive. One feature I would like to see if possible would be to play a source from one device separately on another without involving the device that the source was connected to. We are enjoying these very much and will be adding more in the future(we have 3 so far)
OK, first the good. This is an amazing little streamer. Nice power output, good sound. Crazy connectivity, like damn near everything you could want. And it comes in a tiny footprint. BTW, the star rating is for the hardware only.
Now the not so good. The software (4Stream) is about as cumbersome as it can be. You can't get to things like the EQ, which is supremely disappointing, having only bass and treble. I don't want to have to go to Device and the gear to the right of the volume control, the only control on the Device page, just to get to the so called EQ; I really expected a graphic EQ.
The My Music option makes you dig through your library to find things, no search function. I thought maybe if I used a USB drive plugged directly into the Arylic. This is no better and still makes you dig to find things. It also seems to assume this is a playlist, it's not. The sorting is not good and there is no album art, although there seems to be a placeholder for it on the screen.
I thought that the first search I did included things from My Music (on a NAS), as well as things on Amazon, but subsequent searches proved me wrong. Those turned up nothing for the name Michael, e.g., not Michael Brecker, Michael Hedges, or Michael anything else. Really?
And the 4Stream app has not been updated in over a year, which would be fine if it worked well.
So we're back to good hardware and bad software. So far, I like the Arylic, a lot. But I'm hoping there might be a better UI than the poorly designed 4Stream app. And how about some real EQ, seriously.
Very attractive design. Small footprint. Easy to set up, Great sound quality. And yes, it is LOUD!
Immensely satisfied with the performance of the amp. Definite value for money. My only regret is the ACP workbench which I purchased (#11491). I referred your videos and I could not understand how to use it. I only want to know what is the default subwoofer crossover frequency and how to change it using ACP workbench. Also, pls let me know the default EQ setting.
Thanks & Regards,