Issue Accessing Music Albums via Naim App on NDX 2 from QNAP NAS Server via Kodi UPnP

Hello Naim community,

I recently acquired the Naim NDX 2 and have been thoroughly enjoying my experience, but I’m encountering an issue while attempting to play music from my QNAP NAS server via the Naim app. My NDX 2 is wired to the router, and my music collection is stored on a QNAP NAS server. All music files are meticulously tagged, so no issues there. I use a Kodi box (Vero 4K), which serves as an UPnP server.

The Naim app correctly identifies the server and its associated folders such as “Genre,” “Artists,” “Albums,” and “Songs.” However, when I navigate to “Genre” → “Artists” → “Album” or “Artists” → “Album,” it displays all the correct artists and album cover arts during these selections. But upon tapping “Album,” it returns a “no results” message. Curiously, selecting “Albums” or “Songs” from the root displays all tracks with the correct album cover art, allowing playback.

The odd behavior is puzzling as my other media players like my Windows PC or LG TV (2018 model) can successfully navigate through Kodi UPnP server folders “Genre” → “Artists” → “Album” and play music without any hiccups.

This issue was discussed on this forum about 2 years ago, but unfortunately, a solution was not found. A member mentioned that the “Naim App just displays what the UPnP server sends,” yet my other devices can manage this navigation seamlessly.

Any help or suggestions to resolve this would be highly appreciated.

Best regards,

I would get a free trial of Asset, and when you find it works, buy it. It only costs about £30 and works like a dream. I have it on my Qnap and it does everything you are looking for.

I’d just bite the bullet and spend £30 or so on Asset, a UPnP server designed with music in mind that will run on the QNAP NAS. You won’t regret it and you can try it free for 30 days I think.

Edit: I see that HH just beat me to it :slight_smile:

Great minds think alike.

Thank you very much for your prompt responses. Before posting my inquiry, I researched the possibilities available within this community and was indeed aware of the Asset UPnP server. It’s certainly a viable option and one that I’m considering as my second choice.

Currently, I’m looking into the possibility of continuing with my existing setup using the Kodi box. Over the years, I’ve meticulously organized my music library and integrated various aspects like reviews, booklets, labels, album and CD arts and more into my tagging system. Although this information isn’t directly accessible through the Naim app, I can still access it via my TV display.

Transferring to another server would be a significant undertaking due to the size and complexity of my library. However, if it becomes evident that this is the most effective path forward, I’ll certainly give strong consideration to this approach.

I’m curious if anyone had success using the Kodi UPnP server with Naim streamers?

It doesn’t have to be either/or, you can point Kodi and Asset to the same library and you’d still have all the functionality of the Kodi UPnP server on the TV but Asset will be far better for the NDX2

If you have added tags to the stored music files thay will be read by any decent UPnP server including Asset. I’m not familiar with Kodi - if it’s one of those bits of software that holds its own database including metadata, rather than using those stored in the music files, that could be a problem. If in doubt just look at the music files via any computer and you’ll be able to check that the tage are there.

Kodi is indeed a versatile open-source multimedia center that consolidates local, network, and internet media into a single unified location. It supports a wide range of media formats (Music, Video, Images) and allows for the creation of libraries which can be displayed and browsed in an artwork-rich environment.

Regarding music, Kodi initially creates library entries by scanning the embedded tags within the song files. It further allows customization through album.nfo files, enriching the scanned information with additional details. However, my challenge lies in the fact that much of the crucial information (e.g., ‘album release date,’ ‘CD release date,’ ‘label,’ ‘label #,’ ‘review,’ etc.) is stored in these nfo files. Kodi utilizes these nfo files during the initial scan to enrich the library.

Kodi reads and applies these nfo files only during the initial scan, incorporating the data into the library. Therefore, re-scanning the basic tags contained in my FLAC files without the supplementary data from the nfo files does not provide the desired outcome.

Thus, I’d like to explore if it’s possible to utilize my existing Kodi UPnP server in a manner similar to other media players I use at home.

Of course, if solution isn’t feasible, I’m prepared to embark on the task of a full rebuild of my music library.

Thank you for your assistance and insights.

I’ve only done a quick search, but it does look like you can import some of the info from Kodi nfo files into the MP3 tag data using mp3tag, although probably needs a good knowledge of IT. Whilst time consuming, it would allow your Music to be more independent of music player. Alternatively, something like Picard will read your music files and add in all sorts of metadata about the CD (excluding review I think)

Thank you, @GadgetMan, for your response.

I am indeed familiar with Mp3tag and its capabilities, I use it a lot. I don’t believe this soft can import any data from Kodi’s album.nfo file. Besides, this is not something I would like to do as this would potentially interfere with my existing Kodi database, while not necessarily allow Asset to process these Kodi specific tags.

I’m actively searching for a solution that allows seamless integration of Kodi as my UPnP server with the Naim streamer, ensuring smooth navigation through albums via the Naim app. If there are others in the forum with experience using Kodi in a similar setup, I would greatly appreciate further insights and guidance.

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