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Andover Audio Songbird

Network music streamer with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth®, and Apple AirPlay®

Item # 337SNGBIRD

This great-sounding, flexible, compact player gets you into streaming easily, with remarkable bang-for-your-buck.

This great-sounding, flexible, compact player gets you into streaming easily, with remarkable bang-for-your-buck.

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About the Andover Audio Songbird

Small streamer delivers big time

The Songbird network music player from Andover Audio gives you an amazingly flexible high-resolution — and high-value — streaming platform.

Small streamer delivers big time

Andover Audio Songbird

The Songbird is small enough to set up out of sight and powerful enough to unite your streaming audio sources.

The Songbird network music player from Andover Audio gives you an amazingly flexible high-resolution — and high-value — streaming platform.

You can be up and running with this streamer inside of five minutes. And it's small — a little larger than a tin of Altoids — so it's easy to tuck it out of the way.

Make it easy on yourself

The Songbird literally talks you through the straightforward setup process with spoken instructions from its app via your system, so it's easy to start enjoying streaming audio right out of the box. And its onboard DAC really punches above its weight, with up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution from Tidal and Qobuz plus support for other popular streaming platforms including Amazon Music and Spotify®.

Connect to the internet via Ethernet or Wi-Fi. Then go into the user-friendly Songbird Control app for Apple® and Android™ devices to manage your music — whether from streaming services or local files the Songbird discovers on your home network. You can also use Apple AirPlay to control the Songbird.

Flexible but simple inputs and outputs

A handy set of connections gives you flexible setup options. The Songbird connects to your existing home audio system via optical digital audio or analog connections — a 3.5mm stereo jack on the back panel, with an included cable that adapts it to RCA stereo. An optical digital input lets you use this little streamer as a DAC and add another audio component to your system, which you can then select and/or control using the app.

In another scenario, you could plug the Songbird's analog output into powered speakers and connect a turntable with a preamp to its analog in, and a CD player to the optical input. That would give you a simple, high-value, three-source system. You can toggle through streaming, vinyl, and CD inputs either by using the front-panel button or from within the app.

About Andover Audio

Andover Audio is the electronics equivalent of a musical supergroup. Audio experts hailing from Cambridge, Bose, Harman, and other legendary companies brought their talents together at Andover in 2012 — originally to provide complementary services to other companies. Since then, the company has gradually turned their unique mixture of design, engineering, and manufacturing knowhow toward the creation of their own product line — one that artfully blends exceptional sound with distinctive design.


Product highlights:

  • network music player with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth®
  • plays internet streaming music services and files on your home network
  • uses free Songbird Control app for Apple® and Android™
  • Apple AirPlay for easy streaming with an iOS® device or Mac® computer
  • supported file formats: MP3, WMA, AAC, AAC+, ALAC, FLAC, APE, WAV with resolution up to 24-bit/192kHz
  • supported streaming services include Amazon, Spotify, Qobuz, TIDAL, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn
  • analog 3.5mm stereo
  • Toslink optical digital
  • Ethernet port for wired network connection
  • front-panel USB 5V/1A DC power connection
  • analog 3.5mm stereo (delivers up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution)
    • 3.5mm-to-dual RCA cable included
  • Toslink optical digital (down-mixes high-resolution files to 16-bit/44.1 kHz)
Tech specs and warranty:
  • total harmonic distortion: 0.03%
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 80dB
  • frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • 2.4GHz Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n)
  • 3-5/16"W x 1-1/16"H x 4-7/16"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the box:

  • Wireless music streamer
  • USB/AC power adapter
  • 25" microUSB-to-USB cable
  • 2' Stereo minijack cable
  • 23" Stereo minijack-to-RCA cable
  • 19" Optical digital cable
  • 3.5mm-to-Toslink adapter
  • Hook-and-loop strip
  • Quick Start Guide

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Features & specs

Optical Digital Inputs 1
Coaxial Digital Inputs None
USB Type A None
USB Type B None
Ethernet Port Yes
RCA Outputs None
XLR Outputs None
Optical Digital Outputs 1
Coaxial Digital Outputs None
Subwoofer Outputs None
DAC Specs
DAC Bit Depth 24-bit
DAC Sample Rate 192 kHz
Wireless Features
Bluetooth Built-in
Bluetooth Formats Supported SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Frequency Bands 2.4 GHz
Apple AirPlay Yes
DTS Play-Fi No
Chromecast built-in No
Roon No
MusicCast No
BluOS No
Music Services
Amazon Music Yes
Apple Music No
Pandora No
Qobuz Yes
SiriusXM No
Spotify Connect
Tidal Yes
TuneIn Yes
YouTube Music No
Apple Control App Apple iOS, Android
Android Control App Apple iOS, Android
Amazon Alexa No
Google Assistant No
12 Volt Trigger No
Other Specs
Width (Inches) 3.3125
Height (Inches) 1.0625
Depth (Inches) 4.4375
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years

Product Research


Wireless Music Streamer: The Andover Songbird is a wireless music streamer, letting you add network connectivity with access to Internet Radio, select online music services, AirPlay, and DLNA to the Andover Model-One Turntable Music System (sold separately) or other audio system that lacks network connectivity. The Songbird also offers built-in Bluetooth, plus analog & digital audio inputs. The Songbird easily connects to your existing audio system or powered speaker via line-level analog or optical (toslink) digital. System Requirements include -

  • A 2.4GHz WiFi router supporting the 802.11 b/g/n bands.
  • An Apple iOS 10.0+ or Android OS 5.0+ device connected to your WiFi network with the Songbird Control app installed.
  • An audio system or powered speaker that accepts line level analog (Aux) or Optical (toslink) digital input.

24-Bit/192kHz DAC: The Songbird wireless music streamer employs a 24-bit/192kHz DAC with support for a variety of music files including MP3 (320kbps), WMA (320kbps), AAC (320kbps), ALAC (24-bit/96kHz), FLAC (24-bit/192kHz), and WAV (24-bit/192khz). The Songbird's analog output will transmit up to a 24-bit/192kHz audio signal to your existing home audio system, while its digital input will down-mix Hi-Res audio (including 24-bit/96kHz and 24-bit/192kHz) to 16-bit/44.1kHz when sent to your existing stereo system. The Songbird is limited to 16-bit/44kHz audio transmission when multiple Songbirds (up to 5) are used to create a wireless multiroom audio system.

Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Songbird offers wired (Ethernet) and wireless (WiFi) connectivity to your network router and ISP. The Songbird features a rear-panel Ethernet (RJ45) LAN jack for a hardwired network connection. It also features built-in 2.4GHZ WiFi (802.11 b/g/n) for a wireless network connection.

Songbird Control App: The Songbird wireless music streamer requires the use of Andover's Songbird Control app (for Apple iOS 10.0+ and Android OS 5.0+). The Songbird Control app on your compatible smartphone or tablet devices lets your stream Internet Radio and select online music services from the Songbird to your connected home audio system. The Songbird control app lets you select your music content, manage your stations and presets, setup multiroom audio with other Songbird music streamers, as well as control volume levels and playback.

Internet Radio & Online Music Services: The Songbird gives you access to a variety of Internet Radio and online music services such as Qobuz, Spotify, Tidal, Amazon, iHeart Radio, and TuneIn. Tidal & Qobuz provide up to 24-bit/192kHz Hi-Res music streaming, while Amazon offers up to 16-bit/44.1kHz music streaming. The integration of Spotify Connect will enable Spotify Premium users to instantly select and wirelessly stream music to the Songbird from within the Spotify app (Apple iOS or Android). Other compatible musics services provide much lower resolution music streaming. Some services will require paid fees and subscriptions. Other music services may be added in the future.

AirPlay Compatible: AirPlay lets you stream your favorite songs directly from your Apple iOS (4.3.3+) device or from your iTunes (10.2.2+) library on your Windows PC or Mac computer to the Andover Songbird over your home's wireless network connection. From your Apple iOS device you are able to stream stored music on your device, downloaded music apps, and music on your iCloud to the Songbird. From your Windows or Mac you can stream your stored iTunes music library on your computer to the Songbird; you can even download Apple's free Remote App onto your compatible iOS device to browse and control playback functions of the music stored in your iTunes music library on your computer that is being streamed to the Andover Songbird.

Note: The Andover Songbird does not support Apple AirPlay 2.

DLNA Certified: Because the Songbird is DLNA certified, you can play back music files stored on your Windows PC (Windows Media Player 11 or 12) or a DLNA compliant media server through the wireless music streamer. Supported digital music files include MP3 (320kbps), WMA (320kbps), AAC (320kbps), ALAC (24-bit/96kHz), FLAC (24-bit/192kHz), and WAV (24-bit/192khz).

Bluetooth 2.1+EDR: The Andover Songbird is equipped with built-in Bluetooth 2.1+EDR with support for wireless audio streaming (A2DP). You'll be able to wireless stream stored music, music apps, and other audio content from your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, tablet, desktop computer, or laptop to the Songbird. You'll still control music playback and view song/artist/album info from your Bluetooth source device. You can pair multiple Bluetooth devices with the Songbird, but only one can be connected and used for playback at a time.

Analog & Digital Inputs: In addition to Network and Bluetooth connectivity, the Songbird wireless music streamer is outfitted with a stereo minijack (3.5mm) analog audio input and a optical (toslink) digital audio input. The optical digital input supports 2ch stereo PCM audio up to 16-bit/44.1kHz (not compatible with Dolby Digital/DTS).

Analog & Digital Outputs: The Andover Songbird wireless music streamer is equipped with a stereo minijack (3.5mm) analog audio input and a optical (toslink) digital audio input to connect to your existing home audio system or powered speakers. The 3.5mm analog output will deliver up to 24-bit/192kHz audio from the Songbird's internal Hi-Res DAC (digital-to-analog converter) to your existing stereo system. The Songbird's optical digital output will down-mix Hi-Res (including 24-bit/96kHz and 24-bit/96kHz) to 16-bit/44.1kHz to your existing audio system.

Multiroom Playback: Up to five Songbird music streamers may be wirelessly linked together for synchronized play from a network audio source (including Internet Radio, select online music services, AirPlay, and DLNA). The same music source will be played back on all Songbird wireless music streamers. Hi-Res music sources (including 24-bit/96kHz and 24-bit/192kHz) will be down-converted to 16-bit/44.1kHz. Local sources (such as Aux, Optical Digital, or Bluetooth) can also be linked to other Songbirds in multi-mode, but they will not be time synchronized due to the inherent delay of WiFi.

USB/AC Power Adapter: The Songbird wireless music streamer comes a 25" microUSB-to-USB cable and external USB/AC power adatper that will need to be plugged into an AC power outlet or surge protector (sold separately - see Accessories List).

Firmware Updates: Firmware updates are distributed to the Andover Songbird through a wired or wireless network connect via Songbird Control app (for Apple iOS or Android OS). The firmware update will appear in the app when it's available to download.

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Customer Q&A

3 questions already asked

Is it possible to disable the wifi transmitter on this device?
[ Rich  Mar 21, 2022 ]
3 answers
The device is great and I do not know the answer to your question. However turning off Wi-Fi will not allow remote control from your phone app. I use Wi-Fi to pull music off my server. I rarely stream from the internet. However from the menu it appears you need Wi-Fi to control the device to choose streaming stations. I tried to access it via Bluetooth and was stumped. Wi-Fi works and is east to setup Enter an answer to this question.
[ DONOVAN  Mar 22, 2022 ]
Not that I can find in the menu, and as all the controls are on yhe phone app
[ Peter  Mar 22, 2022 ]
not sure but there are other option for connection, optical and RCA plug
[ LEON  Mar 21, 2022 ]
The details state that "Amazon offers up to 16-bit/44.1kHz music streaming". I use Amazon HD music that is capable of 24/192 (ultraHD audio) and looking for a streaming player - does the Songbird stream Amazon HD in 24/192 (like Qobuz/Tidal)?
[ Mark  Dec 08, 2021 ]
3 answers
The user manual states that it downgrades output to 16/44.
[ Brian  Mar 22, 2022 ]
According to Andover's website they can "Stream lossless music files from Hi-Res Services (up to 24-bit/192 kHz)" and "Songbird is delivered with native access to Qobuz, Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Napster, I-Heart Radio, and Tune-In." I use it to stream from Tune-in (no fm reception issues!) from my iTunes library, Pandora and from the TV into a vintage Bang & Olafsen receiver driving Klipsch speakers and the setup sounds great!
[ RAY  Dec 08, 2021 ]
Mark, I cannot answer your specific question but can tell you I returned the Andover Audio Songbird because it was a pain to setup and did not allow me to access my music collection stored on my PC as advertised. I replaced it with a BlueSounde device.
[ Don  Dec 08, 2021 ]
[ Christopher  Sep 28, 2021 ]
1 answer
This unit does not support Apple AirPlay 2; just Apple AirPlay
[ Paul  Oct 05, 2021 ]  Staff

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