Kazoo User Guide for for Windows and iMac
- 1 Overview
- 2 Operation
- 3 Settings
- 4 Navigation
- 5 Sources-Home screen page
- 6 Managing the playlist
- 7 Dynamic grouping of rooms
- 8 Permanent grouping of rooms
- 9 FAQ
- 9.1 Kazoo states "Waiting for Room...."
- 9.2 I cannot see the Tidal, Qobuz or Tunein icon, how do I get them back?
- 9.3 Volume control
- 9.4 Pins not selecting the correct Radio station or sources etc
- 9.5 Twonky Media music greyed out or will not play
- 9.6 When I open up Kazoo I cannot see any Rooms/DS's
- 9.7 Kazoo freezing/hanging on Windows PC
- 9.8 When I do a Qobuz search report "There was a problem retrieving your content"
Requires Windows Vista and later and Mac (Lion and later) Windows Vista and Windows 7 version of Kazoo can be download
Kazoo provides simple and intuitive way to play music all around your home.
You can view your Music sources content without stopping what you are listening to.
Kazoo has been designed to control Linn DS systems and Kazoo Server. Kazoo will also work with 3rd party UPnP/AV media servers, but for the best music experience, we recommend using Kazoo with Kazoo Server.
Kazoo is also available for Android (4.1 and later), Apple iPad/iPhone (IOS 8.0 or later).
Windows Kazoo History shows changes in the Windows Kazoo software
Kazoo has support for homes that have multiple DS systems. Each system in the home should be given a unique room name. A system's room name can be configured using Linn Konfig.
This will let you select the UPnP Media server, Register your Linn Products and report any issues/improvements to Linn Products.
Make sure that you have a Media Server selected, press the Media Server box and select a device, before using this software.
If you register your Linn DS/DSM product and this Linn DS/DSM has not previously had a Tidal Radio trial you will be given a voucher code for Tidal radio.
- 1. To show the room selection dialogue click at the top of the screen (This may take its time as the PC/iMac is also trying to talk to your UPnP Media server as well as finding your room.)
- 2. Click on the desired room name
- The currently selected room is highlighted in white
- When moving between rooms the music will continue to play
- Rooms in standby will have their standby button greyed out
This provides the playback controls, play/pause/stop, skip forwards and skip backwards for the selected room.
- Provides volume controls for the selected room.
- 1. Click and rotate clockwise on the dial to turn the volume up; alternatively click on the + button
- 2. Click and rotate anti-clockwise on the dial to turn the volume down; alternatively click on the - button
- 3. Click on the centre of the dial to toggle mute
- If rooms are Grouped the Master volume will affect all rooms
- The inner number shows the absolute volume value
- The outer dial shows the percentage that the current volume is of the volume limited volume
Now Playing and Full screen view
- Press the Now Playing area to get the full screen:
- Press the X in the top right corner, to exit back to previous layout
Sources-Home screen page
Local music library - "My Music"
- Linn DS systems can play music from computers and network attached storage (NAS) units on your home network through an additional piece of software, a UPnP Media server, This can be Kazoo Server, MinimServer, Asset UPnP, Twonky... etc
- Organisation of music depends on the quality of the information contained in the music tracks
- To view music stored in a different library on your home network go to settings and select your new Media Server/library
- You can save and recall Playlists with Kazoo.
- This will show you the Playlists you have saved on the PC/iMac. You can select the whole Playlist of tracks within each Playlist.
- Linn DS systems come with a variety of preselected regional stations which can be configured using Linn Konfig.
- You can also use your Tunein account name for your own preset list. This can be performed using Kazoo TuneIn icon or via the Tunein website
- Linn DS systems can play internet radio through radio preset's.
- Click of this button to view the radio preset available.
- Press the Radio station that you want to listen to.
- This allows you to browse through all of the stations available from TuneIn.
- You can navigate and select your station and add the Radio Preset list for easier selection in the future.
- Click of this button to view the regions and station available.
- Press the Radio station that you want to listen to.
- The TuneIn account that is used is setup in Konfig
- If a Tidal streaming account has not been assigned to Kazoo or your Linn DS, you will get the Login screen to enter your Username and Password for your Tidal account.
- You can select any New tracks, list Music by Genre, Playlists or check out your own account favourites in "My Tidal"
- If a Qobuz streaming account has not been assigned to Kazoo or your Linn DS, you will get the Login screen to enter your Username and Password for your Qobuz account.
- You can Discover new Music, select you purchased Music (If you have a Qobuz HiFi Sublime account this can be played in Studio Master quality) or check out your own account favourites in "My Qobuz"
- Linn DSM systems can play audio from external sources. To listen to an external source select the tile with the source's name from the homepage.
- Source names can be configured using Linn Konfig
- Visible sources that are still using the factory default name can be found by clicking [Image:InputsTile.png|40px]
- If a source is not being used, we recommend removing it from the Kazoo by setting its Visibility to false in Konfig
- As you enter the search term, matching results will being to appear.
- Search results are grouped into categories, Albums, Artists, Classical and Tracks
- There is a number of results for each category are shown in brackets after the category label
- Albums shows albums whose title contains the search term
- Artists shows artists whose name contains the search term
- Classical shows composers whose name contains the search term
- Tracks show tracks where any piece of track 'information' contains the search term
Managing the playlist
Adding to the Playlist
- Within the Music Source when you select some Music you will see the Play Now, Play Later and More buttons.
- Press the More and you get more options of Play next, Play later, Add to.. and Album info / Track info
- PLAY NEXT will add the track,(or Album or saved Playlist), to be the next track to Play (as long as you are not in Shuffle mode)
A typical user will not need to manipulate the playlist as queue music will take care of itself, playing in the order selected by the user.
Clearing the playlist
To delete to whole Playlist:
All tracks will be removed from the currently selected room's playlist.
To delete individual tracks:
Shuffle and Repeat
Shuffle and Repeat controls can be found in the playlist dialogue
Saving a Playlist
The saved playlists can be found in the My Playlists section on the Source page
Dynamic grouping of rooms
Linn DS systems provides the ability to play different music in every room in the house, play the same music in all rooms or play the same music in a subset of rooms.
- All rooms grouped together play the same music in perfect synchronisation.
- 1. Go into the Home/Source page
- 2. If this button is not listed then there are no rooms to group or are already setup for Permanent Grouping
- 3. on the room you want to group with other rooms
- 4. Check the rooms you want to add to the group
- You can choose to either:
- select and play the music you want and then group additional rooms
- or group rooms then select and play music
- Rooms added to a group will immediately start playing music in perfect synchronisation
- If this does not work, use the Linn Konfig software and check that all of the Linn DS/DSM products have:
- "Songcast Sender" > "Enabled" - YES
- "Sources" > "- Songcast" > "Visible" = YES
Permanent grouping of rooms
A permanent room is a room that plays the same music as another room but does not appear as a selectable room. An example of this behaviour is an open plan area with the Kitchen connected to a Lounge. In most situations a listener would want both rooms to play the same music but be able to control the volume in each room independently.
To make a room a permanently part of a group you need to configure your Linn system using Konfig. To add a room to as a permanent member of a group you must configure the name of the room's Receiver source, (it's default name is Songcast), to be that of the group.
1. Go into Konfig and select the Room that will always be the source of the Music, we will call this the "sender" room
2. Select the Device tab and copy the "Room" name
3. Now in Konfig go into the Room that you always want listening to the "Sender" Room
4. Select the *Sources* tab in this "listening" room and select the Songcast input
5. Paste the Name of the "sender" (from point 1.) into the Songcast name
6. On this Songcast input make sure that "Visible" is set to Yes
- If a permanently grouped room is not playing the same as the group click and ensure the room is switched ON
- The permanent grouped icon will only be visible if there is a permanently grouped room associated with the currently selected room
- Rooms that are permanently grouped do not appear as a selectable room.
Kazoo states "Waiting for Room...."
First basic points to check:
- Click on the Kazoo "Waiting for Room..." Rooms selection and see if any other room are listed. (Your Room name may have changed but Kazoo is looking for the old room name).
- Is the Linn DS/DSM power on? (that is, is there mains power to the Linn DS/DSM and is it switched on. (Do not dismiss this as this is a very common issue)).
- check is the Settings of the Kazoo App: (this may be setup to connect to a different LAN/Network than your Linn DS/DSM is connected to)
- (If your device running Kazoo also has a VPN, make sure that the VPN IP address is not selected)
If you are still having issues, try the following:
- 1. Power cycle (Mains OFF, wait 30seconds, Mains ON), the Linn DS/DSM and then quit/exit the Kazoo App and re-open the Kazoo App.
- 2. If your PC/MAC has multiple network connections, (wired and wireless/Wifi). Disable one of them so you are ONLY using wired Ethernet or wireless Ethernet. Restart the control point (PC/MAC/iPhone/Android etc) and check operation.
- 2.1. Some device may have VPN software installed. Make sure that you do NOT use this connection. (A sample of some VPN packages available are: Nord VPN, Tunnel bear, Hide.me......)
- 3. Some Network DHCP servers/switches can block UPnP communication. This may have been due to an hidden software update on your Router or has enhanced security enabled to block the communications used by the Linn DS/DSM to the Kazoo App. If possible try the Linn DS/DSM on a different LAN/Network and see if this allows for connection.
- 4. You may have different Anti-Virus & firewall packages from the Windows default, (such as Norton, McAfee, etc) ensure that these have the above files with exceptions as per their Manual, plus check the UPnP port. 
- 5. Try another control point, to check the operation of your PC that is WIRED to the LAN/network. That is, NOT using Wifi/Wireless.
- 6. If the App is still available for your control device try the KINSKY app to see if this works.
For further assistance, try our customer support pages. Detailing to our Customer Helpine team what you have tried from the above list and the results in each case.
I cannot see the Tidal, Qobuz or Tunein icon, how do I get them back?
You can make some of the icons invisible using the Konfig app.
VOLUME control greyed out
- If you have recently upgraded your Kazoo to version 4.11.252, or later, and the Volume control option is greyed out then you will need to update the Firmware on your Linn DS/DSM players to Davaar60 or later using Linn Konfig
Pressing and holding Volume UP/DOWN on the IR handset will only change volume by 1 step
- The batteries on the Remote handset are weak. Change the batteries and retry this operation
Pins not selecting the correct Radio station or sources etc
- Using the Kazoo app if your Pins are not selecting the originally setup action then delete this Pin and re-assign its action.
- The original Pin setting may be been setup in a beta/development, (Davaar 63) version of Linn DS firmware and may be incompatible with the current version of Davaar.
- Also check the batteries on your IR handset are OK. (You need to Press and HOLD the PIN number on the older handsets and these may have weak batteries and stop sending for the 2 seconds required to select the PIN)
- Information on how to setup a PIN is shown HERE
Twonky Media music greyed out or will not play
- If you are looking at the Music and the Music cannot be added to the Playlist or is greyed out. But you may if you go to a PC/Mac and this does allow the same Music (or vice-versa) you will probably also using Twonkymedia.
- The solution is to go in the Twonky Settings > Advanced > Media receivers and RESET LIST. Now retry the iPad Kazoo and it will probably now work.
When I open up Kazoo I cannot see any Rooms/DS's
- Check the Kazoo Settings > Subnet are set to the same network as your Linn DS. (typically these are 192.168.***.***).
- Also on your Windows PC
- Go into "Settings" > "Network & Internet" > "Change Connection properties"
- Check that “Make this PC discoverable” is turned ON
Kazoo freezing/hanging on Windows PC
- There have been reports that Kazoo keeps freezing/hanging and to get control back you have to quit Kazoo and restart it. This is because Windows is putting the network connection into sleep mode without telling Kazoo and causing poor communication.
- One way to stop this is to go into Device Manager (right click the Windows icon),
- Click on the “Network Adaptors”,
- then the “Power Management” tab and DISABLE the “Allow computer to turn off this device to save power”
When I do a Qobuz search report "There was a problem retrieving your content"
This is due to Qobuz changing its search protocols.
Nothing can be done with this version of Kazoo as the software libraries are obsolete, ( due to the PC/MAC operating system updates). We recommend updating the latest verison of Kazoo and, if required, updating you PC/MAC operating system to a current supported verison operating system.