The Streamer Menu

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The Streamer menu contains all streaming and rendering related setup options. Use the ‘Up’ and ‘Down’ buttons to highlight a menu item, and use the ‘Play/Pause’ button to select it. Use the ‘M’ button to quit the Streamer menu.

  1. ‘Room Name’: The name of your Lightning Streaming device used for both the device itself and the Lightning Server configuration running on the device.
  2. ‘Enable Volume Control’: Allows volume control of your device via software such as Lightning DS.
  3. ‘Volume Control Type’: Volume changes can be processed by hardware or software but there are some differences. Hardware volume control is generally the best option for sound quality and is recommended when available. Software volume control can be useful when connecting to external devices that only accept digital or USB input or that have no volume control function. (Due to technical limitations when using software volume control with DSD formats the volume must be set at 100.)
  4. ‘Delay Time’: Some external DACs need a little extra time to lock onto an input signal delivered at a new sampling rate (i.e. different from the previous track.) This setting instructs your streaming device to pause briefly before playing music at a different sampling rate to let the DAC adjust. Without turning this setting on it’s possible to miss the first few moments of a track when sampling rates change.
  5. ‘Available Input Methods’: Enable or disable particular virtual input channel. Disable unused input method may improve overall sound quality.

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  6. ‘MQA Pass-through’: When enabled this setting will pass the original music signal through your streaming device without making any changes allowing an external DAC to use its own decoding functions. Use this option when connected to an MQA-enabled DAC for example. (You may also need to disable the volume control function of your streaming device or set the volume to 100 to ensure full-level pass-through of the signal.)
  7. ‘Decoding Method’: AURALiC streaming devices are capable of decoding MQA files using AURALiC’s proprietary resampling and de-blurring method. You can select from the sampling rate settings for the process described here. Please note that this process is not an MQA-created or MQA-licensed process.
    • ‘Auto’: Your streaming device will detect the best decoding sampling rate based on the information in the MQA file. It will also detect the maximum sampling rate of a USB-connected DAC.
    • ‘2x Sampling Rate’: Your streaming device will always decode MQA files at 88.2 kHz or 96 kHz depending on the original file’s sampling rate.
    • ‘4x Sampling Rate’: Your streaming device will always decode MQA files at 176.4 kHz or 192 kHz depending on the original file’s sampling rate.
    • ‘8x Sampling Rate’: Your streaming device will always decode MQA files at 352.8 kHz or 384 kHz depending on the original file’s sampling rate.
 
 

 

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