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What about Spotify?

A couple of hour later I went to play some music on the Dynaudio Music 3 from Spotify. But I couldn’t find it as an available speaker in the app. That was weird because it had been there earlier. I went to my Android tablet instead. Same problem. How about an iPhone? Or the Spotify app on my Windows computer? Nope, neither of them listed it either. I did a hardware reset on the Dynaudio Music 3 and set it up again. (This time it connected to the network first time without any of the wobbles.) Still no Spotify.

Dynaudio Music 3
The Dynaudio Music 3 supports the aptX codec on Bluetooth

So, I went googling and found that apparently Dynaudio lost Spotify Connect support quite some while back. Why? I don’t know.

Now, I’d earlier found the Dynaudio Music 3 shown in the Spotify app. Indeed, I’d briefly streamed music to it from Spotify for a few seconds to make sure it worked. What had changed?

Well, after I’d been playing with the Dynaudio Music app awhile, it informed me that there was a firmware update available for the speaker. I accepted its offer to perform the update, so the app downloaded the update and installed it on the speaker. That took it from a reported firmware version of “0” to “v54”. I’m guessing that one of the things that the firmware fixes is reporting of the firmware number. And that it also removes Spotify Connect.

Control

I decided I might as well use the Tidal trial, but since I’ve previously trialled Tidal it was apparently no available to me. I’m not prepared to switch over to Tidal from Spotify because just about everything else I review is Spotify-compatible, and much isn’t Tidal-compatible. So, I plugged in a Chromecast Audio and used that when I need Spotify.

The app does manage the multiroom thing. I’ll return to that when I look at the Dynaudio Music 1 system in the near future. It also allows one to select inputs – Bluetooth, Auxiliary, Wi-Fi, USB – and manage preset radio stations. And you can control some of the speaker functions, such as switch NoiseAdapt and RoomAdapt on and off, choose the Music, Movie or Speech EQ (there’s no “Flat” setting) or adjust the bass and treble controls. I left everything neutral for this review.

The app on an iPhone is operationally and functionally identical. But the iPhone does have one advantage with the Dynaudio Music 3: the speaker supports Apple AirPlay. So, you don’t have to resort to Bluetooth with an iPhone.

Dynaudio Music 3
Apple Airplay finds the Dynaudio Music 3

The Dynaudio Music 3 also comes with a remote control that duplicates the control keys on top of the unit.

Listening

I did a wide range of listening using a wide range of music, mostly feeding DLNA music from the extensive collection on my NAS. But I should note Bluetooth also worked well, as did the auxiliary input. As did Airplay from an iPhone. My old Pixel 2 phone reported that the speaker supported aptX for higher quality sound.

Right now, as I type this, Ed Sheeran’s album X is blasting out at a high-enough level to completely fill my office with good quality music. The bass is easily followable and the drum has a nice bit of punch. Note, I’m sitting four metres from the speaker. I really am talking about the results within the whole of the room, not sitting right on top of the Dynaudio Music 3.

The results were similar regardless of genre. Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy was on my playlist before Ed, and again the results were impressive. The speaker easily out-produced quality sound compared to any similar-sized speaker that I’ve used.

It operated reliably and maintained a good Wi-Fi connection. I also fed it high resolution audio, up to 24 bits and 96kHz sampling, and it worked properly with all of that.

I plugged the iPhone into the USB socket and then I was able to play music through the Dynaudio using the iPhone’s own music app. I also tried an iPod Nano – I still have a couple of those – and it worked, but it just played music in order. I had no track control.

Measuring

Is iPhone support important?