MusicBox 5 NT

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The MusicBox 5 is our current music server.


4 analogue audio outputs and one digital audio output

All outputs may be used simultaneously. Connecting the digital output to one of our controllers will require either a D to A plug-in module or an external D to A converter.

1 TB hard drive

This allows around 2000 albums to be stored on the drive in the lossless FLAC format that is used by default by the MusicBox.

Graphical user interface

The Music Box can be controlled through its own graphical user interface (GUI). This can be output via the VGA socket on the rear of the unit for dispaly on a computer monitor or through the component video sockets for display on a TV.

The GUI is controlled using range of infrared remote controls, including Sky, Sky+, Windows Media Centre, and our own special codes. You can set the remote to be used from the front panel

Can be controlled from a PC, Microsoft Surface Pro tablet, iPhone, iPad, and other devices

There is client software available to control the MusicBox and, in some cases, whole multiroom system from a number of platforms, such as the iPod or PC. It is essential that the run the correct client for the version of software that you are running on the MusicBox. The correct versions of clients can be found on the hard drive of the MusicBox itself.

Getting client software from the MusicBox drive

To get the client you should connect using CAT 5 cable the MusicBox to a network using the RJ54 socket on the rear of the unit. Usually the MusicBox network socket can be connected directly to one of the free sockets on your router. Having made this connection, you should be able to use a computer on your network to navigate to the MusicBox, where you will find a folder called 'clients'. The client software in there will be correct for the software on your MusicBox. If you MusicBox software has been updated, the client software on the hard drive will automatically be updated. You may therefore need to re-install it to ensure compatibility.

Drag the correct setup file onto your PC or Mac computer and run it there to install the control software.

Note that the Windows software will run on the Microsoft Surface Pro tablet running the full version of Windows 8.

Software updates

Some software updates are possible via a special MusicBox update CD update CD.

Transferring media to your MusicBox

Copyright restrictions should always be complied with.

Over a network

To transfer media to your MusicBox it must be connected to a computer network.

If you navigate to your MusicBox on your network you, using Widows explorer (not internet explorer) or Finder on a Mac, you should also see a folder called 'Import'. You can drag and drop non-copy-protected files, such as .mp3 and .flac into here where they will be loaded onto the MusicBox. Other file types may also be possible depending on your software version.The MusicBox check this folder every ten minutes or so and automatically imports an catalogues any compatible files that it find there. Do not drag more that 25 files to the folder at a time. Incompatible files will be moved to a folder called rejected.


If you put music files, such as .mp3 and .flac files, onto a USB memory stick and plug the memory stick into one of the USB ports on the back of your MusicBox, an item will appear on the front panel asking if you want to import them. Select 'yes' on the front panel to start the import.

You can put several music files in a folder to create an album. The folder should be named 'Artistname - Albumname'.

Front panel settings

The front panel can be used to set up the unit and change settings. See MusicBox_settings for detailed information.


For help with MuiscBox 5 problems go to the MusicBox support page.

Packing list

Your MusicBox carton should contain:

Afinity MusicBox5 NT,
Basic instructions
Extended warranty form

Inside the cardboard insert:
Mains Lead
RoomBox 6/NT interface lead