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You may connect a USB SSD, USB HDD or flash drive to the 851N via the USB Media inputs located on the front and rear of the unit for playback. Once connected the following formats are supported: ALAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD (x64), WMA, MP3, MPEG-4, AAC, AAC-HE, AAC+ and OGG Vorbis. 

Note: The 851N will read large capacity hard drives connected to their USB inputs. However, some larger capacity drives will require you to use their own power supply. 

The 851N will only support USB hard drives which are formatted to FAT32 and NTFS. 

The primary function of the 851N is as a network music player. The USB ports are intended for convenient connection of USB thumb drives. As such, we cannot guarantee compatibility with all USB HDD’s. 

 

USB Media Playback (via Front Panel Controls) 

1. Connect USB SSD, HDD or flash drive to either to front panel or rear panel USB Input. 

2. Press the Home button on the front panel, then navigate to Music Library.  

3. Within the Music Library locate the USB device and select the track, album or folder you wish to playback. 

4. Upon selecting a track you will have the option to ‘PLAY FROM HERE’, ‘PLAY TRACK NOW’, ‘PLAY TRACK NEXT’ or ‘QUEUE TRACK’. 

 

USB Media Playback (via StreamMagic app) 

1. Connect USB SSD, HDD or flash drive to either to front panel or rear panel USB Input. 

2. Navigate to the Library tab of the StreamMagic app. 

3. Under USB Drives, locate your USB Media device and open. 

4. Upon selecting a track you will have the option to ‘PLAY FROM HERE’, ‘PLAY NOW’, ‘PLAY NEXT’ or ‘ADD TO QUEUE’. 

 

Playback Options: 

PLAY FROM HERE – Playback of album/folder will begin from this point onwards. 

PLAY NOW – Selected track will playback immediately. 

PLAY NEXT – Selected track will be added to queue and playback next. 

ADD TO QUEUE – Selected track will be added to playback queue.