Material Web Player

Who uses Material? What are your thoughts? Did you know it is configurable? Do you launch it from shortcuts?

Interested in feedback on the player

I use the Material Web Player for Squeeze on the K50 and I am pretty pleased with it.

One thing that I cannot get used to after using MPD is that after selecting a track, one is then required to select ‘Play Now’ but I guess I will accept that in time!

I use Material sometimes, mostly because it has Pandora. I can also access Qobuz, but Q is not integrated as well with Material as it is with Roon. I can also access radio and various other sources of music that are not available on Roon.

Greg, the main advantage to me of Material with Squeeze over Roon is the better sound quality compared to Roon.

Appreciate your perspective Nick.
In my system I can’t discern enough of a difference in sq to make Material my primary interface. I actually spent some time yesterday with MPD and thought it sounded pretty good as well. Another thing I tried the other day, and am staying with for now, is Roon Ready instead of Sqeezelite for my player app in Roon. I had never tried it before in the several months I’ve had the K50 and when I switched it sounded better to me, which I didn’t think was supposed to happen. Always a chance it could have been a one off - some nights the system just sounds better for whatever reason. Of course my inability to discern the difference between Material and Roon naybjust be a lack of audio acuity, and who would ever want to admit that! :slight_smile:

Greg, thanks it is always good to get other points of view and this is not a static thing because the alternatives keep changing. For me it was lower mids and upper bass that sounded muddied with Roon/Squeezelite compared to Squeeze/Squeezelite or MPD. I will keep going back to Roon though to keep checking!

Also, I do not want to finally decide on how I listen until 3.1 is released then I will try all the options again.

I will have to pay attention to that frequency range and see if I pick up on that.