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    Lightbulb Airstudio: Mixed feelings (and some suggestions)

    In this forum I read somewhere that someone used this app to play music to his television/soundhub combination. Wow, I thought. Let's check that out. After checking out I have some mixed feelings and I don't know if I need to address them to the Airstudio team, the TV software development team, the soundhub team or all together....


    I own an 46pfl9707 combined with a Soundhub hts9221. I have a large collection of MP3's neatly organised on a Synology Diskstation and play these files through the Network Browser of my television. I use the sound of my Soundhub and this sounds very good.

    What attracted me in the Airstudio app is the ease of browsing through my music library. This goes much faster on a tablet than with a remote control. Besides that you can view the album art of an album, which is not possible on the 46pfl9707 and also not possible on the hts9221.

    When playing music through "browse your network" on my TV set, by default there is always a green background with the title of the song currently playing. I dislike to have this on all the time, so I disable this screen with the energy settings. When using the Airstudio app I am perfectly capable of streaming a playlist to my TV but after each song, the green backlight is activated again. This is very irritating. So I need to listen sound that I stream with the Airstudio app either with a green background, switch the screen of the TV off after each song or don't use the regular streaming feature of my TV which leaves the screen black when a new song is played.

    A second thing which is awkward, is switching from playing streamed music to a television channel. When I use the TV streaming feature and switch to another source (for instance to watch regular TV). Streaming is automatically stopped. When using the airstudio app, the TV switches back to music streaming again when I just switched to another source. So when switching to watch regular television I explicitly need to stop the music playing in the airstudio app otherwise the music keeps popping up on my television screen.

    Streaming to the HTS9221 works and the screen stays black *YAY*... problem solved you would think. Oh no.... The soundhub only plays the 1st song in a playlist and when this song is finished it stops. So this is also not a good option. A second thing you notice when streaming to the Soundhub is that the soundhub does not give feedback on where the time marker is in the song. The played time stays on 0:00....

    So all in all I have mixed feelings.

    The likes:
    - album art in Airstudio
    - easier browsing than using remote control for TV or soundhub

    The dislikes:
    - On TV the screen lights up after each new song (so disabling screen through energy settings is of no use)
    - When switching source on TV you need to explicitly stop the playlist in the airstudio app. If you don't do that the TV switches back to the music streaming source when a new song is started in the playlist
    - On HTS9221 only the first song in a playlist can be played
    - On HTS9221, no feedback of how many minutes of a track are played. First time counter stays ( 0:00 / 3:24 )
    - Volume slider in app does not work on TV or HTS9221

    For now, I think that I'll stick to my old way of playing music by browsing on my TV with a remote control....

    Tested on latest iOS app
    Last edited by Northguy; 06-28-2013 at 11:52 AM. Reason: Added reference to used app: iOS

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    Dear Northguy,

    thank you very much for your constructive and elaborated feedback and suggestions which I will pass onto our product development team for consideration.

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    Hi,

    today a new version of MyRemote was released for iOS - 4.2.1. Did you test this version?

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    Hi Toengel,

    I tested Airstudio v3.1.1 on an iPad. I checked the App Store, but up to now I do not see a new update with version no 4.2.1. Maybe the version numbering and update releases differ per country?

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    Hi,

    latest releases:

    Android = 3.1.2
    iOS = 4.2.1

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    You are confusing the version numbers of the MyRemote app with those of the Airstudio App

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    Hi,

    latest releases:

    Android = 3.1.2
    iOS = 4.2.1

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    Hi,

    ahhhhhhhhh - you are right - sorry... :-(

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    @Toengel: regarding your post. I tried the MyRemote app for selecting playlists on my NAS. Same irritating behaviour that disabled (black) screen becomes activated again when a new song starts.

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