Thank you for your review of the Marantz SACD 30n SACD/CD player and streaming DAC-preamp. I have one question: After the player has been set up on my Wi-Fi network using the HEOS iPhone app, am I able to stream via Apple AirPlay 2 to the SACD 30n without using the HEOS app? In other words, if I’m using iTunes on my MacBook Pro, can I select the SACD 30n in the AirPlay dropdown menu, and not have to fiddle with the HEOS app?
Thanks for your inquiry. Yes, you can indeed stream directly to the SACD 30n via AirPlay 2 from your MacBook Pro, any iOS device, or an iTunes library on a PC, without having to use HEOS. I should have stated this more explicitly in my review, so your letter has given me an opportunity to clarify this point.
I don’t know if this matters to you, but AirPlay sends everything at 16-bit/44.1kHz resolution. If you’re playing high-rez files from your MacBook, they’ll be resampled to 16/44.1 when you stream them via AirPlay.
One other note: You don’t need the HEOS app to get the SACD 30n on your Wi-Fi network. You can do this from the Wi-Fi Settings menu on your iPhone, as I explained in my review.