The DS211+ is an impressive box without the extra feature of Audio Station.
Audio Station 2 utilizes AJAX technology to bring you an innovative and enjoyable listening experience. Organize music into playlists, browse your music library, and stream over the Internet via a web browser. You can also stream music from iPod
, Internet radio, and other UPnP/DLNA media servers.
Audiophiles who are passionate for digital sound quality can easily break free from the limitations of USB speakers by bridging a supported USB audio adapter between the Synology DiskStation and Hi-Fi speakers. The optional Synology Remote allows you to enjoy music and switch between songs without having to be near your computer.
Without installing additional media player software, you can conveniently play music on Audio Station 2 using the compact music player. Play and listen to music simultaneously from a web browser (streaming mode), USB speakers (USB mode) or via a media renderer. Streaming mode supports playing music in MP3 or M4A format, and internet radios in MP3 format.
The music player displays detailed information on the current song, including the song's title, album, artist, and duration. Insert an album picture in the music folder to display it as the music plays. The queue panel beneath the music player shows the current playlist. Jump from music streaming mode to USB mode or media renderer with a click. Play music simultaneously in all three modes is possible. The shuffle button and the repeat button give you greater flexibility to your listening experience.
Here is a small screencast showing the Audio Station in action. I’ll demo music from the Diskstation, and Shoutcast as well as streaming music from my DLNA compliant Windows Home Server. You will also see the Android app in action.
Audio Station is very simple to use and it plays to almost anything that can load a web browser. It was nice to be able to fire up my iPad and use the free app to stream music anywhere in the house. Add Android and the ability to stream your music away from the house over 3G and you have a very powerful combination of storage and streaming.