As well as streaming from portable iOS devices, AirPlay also enables high fidelity wireless streaming of audio files from iTunes-equipped personal computers.
When the device is docked, a digital audio output can be employed to deliver signals directly to the receiver’s DACs and a composite video output allows viewing of photos and video on the big screen with cinema sound.
When the DS-A5 is linked to an Onkyo A/V or stereo receiver via the supplied RI (Remote Interactive) cable, the user may power up the system ‘from cold’ by selecting content on their iOS device, and tapping the AirPlay icon. RI has the added advantage of incorporating DS-A5 functionality into the main system remote controller.
The unit can be used to add AirPlay capability to non-Onkyo hi-fi and AV systems, standalone DACs etc minus, of course, the above stated benefits of RI connectivity.