DirectStream is a .NET application that connects directly to an Axia Livewire Network and receives Standard and Live streams. The Network is polled for sources, so that any source available to other Axia devices is also available to the DirectStream player. This makes a standard Windows computer act as an Axia Device for the purposes of receiving. There are 8 presets that can be set to any source. The preset buttons have Friendly Names programmable in the application settings. This program preforms similarly to the iPlay app sold by Telos Alliance. The DirectStream application is a low-cost alternative offering more features than iPlay. There is significant cost savings if a receive only device is needed, because it does not require the Axia Driver. The Volume Meter is an accurate measurement tool with 77 dB range. 2 settings allow it to read 0 dB or +20 dB reference levels. +20 dB is the standard on many Axia consoles so it gives you a comparable indication. A volume Control slider lets you independently set the gain of the 8 channels. Optionally, the gain values are saved as the slider is moved. Adjusting the gain is very helpful in situations such as an output that drives an unbalanced input. If you choose to use virtual audio cables, the incoming stream can be presented to another program such as a recorder or streaming server. DirectStream is suitable to be used as an input to an audio logger with virtual cables.