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Offline 2wo

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Raspberry Pi?
« on: July 21, 2020, 04:23:21 PM »
The vast majority of my listening is digital, I have a kitten named Havoc, playing a lp can be very exciting.
 I started out with the first few versions of Squeezbox, still use one for the workshop. I wanted to play with DAC's so I built a Vortexbox, a free Linux app that ran  the same Slimserver I was used to. I was blown away by how easy it was to set up and get playing and it has been serving me brilliantly for, yikes maybe 13,14 or more years. So needless to say it is a bit long in the tooth, there are no updates and the hardware has got to be over a hundred in dog years. So I want to move on before a cap gives up and the music stops.

I have always wanted to play with the Raspberry Pi and have been doing a little research, can't say I have been keeping up with all that is out there. I was thinking a Pi and Pi core player and keep the same Silmserver or whatever they call it now.

I wanted to ask the community to see if there was a compelling reason to not try this or if they had a better option, easy is better ;)...John
 
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Re: Raspberry Pi?
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2020, 04:27:14 PM »
I’ve been considering it, except most of my current playlists are in Apple Music, which doesn’t play well with anything not made by Apple. This is a pretty good primer, and has lots of people’s perspectives included:

https://www.superbestaudiofriends.org/index.php?threads/dummies-guide-to-pi2aes-throw-away-your-pc-or-laptop.8878/
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Re: Raspberry Pi?
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2020, 04:54:03 PM »
John, I have no experience with those devices but, I noticed the other day a Raspberry Pi 4 music server, DIY sort of thing at Transcendent Sound. Just open the products page and it’s at the bottom. The claimed investment is 150 bucks. Sounds like it could be a bargain.

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Re: Raspberry Pi?
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2020, 05:14:00 PM »
For "easy", check allo dot com. I currently use their USBridge Sig, flashed with Ropiee as a Roon "bridge" between my music server (Intel NUC) and my DAC.  They make all kinds of RPI-based audio products capable of running various apps, including Volumio which I think just needs a music storage device (no computer/server) and is compatible with AirPlay and lots of other stuff. Their stuff is pretty much plug and play.

Compared to many of their competitors, Allo's prices are fairly reasonable and even competitive with (or even cheaper than) diy. I believe they make and ship everything in/from India.

There's tons of discussion about their products online.  This guy has some video reviews about them: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCR4tuhqPppVp-PD0q17sPEA -- and if you search his channel you can find lots of useful info about RPI-based audio systems. Also check out Audiophilestyle dot com - a forum for discussion of all kinds of "computer-based" audio systems.

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Re: Raspberry Pi?
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2020, 01:52:59 AM »
Hi,

I am using 3 Pi's with Hifiberry Dac hats around the house to stream music to. Works flawlessly and you have multiple options of software to run on it. I use them as endpoints for my ROON setup using RoPieee. Never looked back.

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Re: Raspberry Pi?
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2020, 06:00:12 PM »
Thanks folks, I've run down some of those links and have been doing some more research as time permits

My next question is Pi 3 or 4, I plan to feed my Bottlehead DAC which I currently use on USB. My understanding is that the Pi USB is not it's strong point. I have read that the 4 is better but maybe not that much so. I also I plan to use a USB drive for my music folder so  either way I am looking at the Allo SPDIF hat. Any other good  reason to pick one over the other....John
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Re: Raspberry Pi?
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2020, 06:38:56 PM »
One vote for Pi 4.

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Re: Raspberry Pi?
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2020, 06:45:11 AM »
I recently got a pi4 kit for $100 on amazon.  Labist.  All I wanted was a music player for all of the music I have on an external hard drive. 

Despite lots of resources it was more challenging than I expected.  I tried rune audio but it failed to work.  Next I tried Volumio and while not perfect it got the job done.

If you never messed with a pi before then I have some tips for you:
For your 1st pi get a kit.  It’ll come with everything you need to get started.  If want to buy another pi then you only need the pi, a pi chassis, 32g sd cord for the OS, and 3A usb power supply. The 4th gen pi uses usb-c for power.

Once you have the os set up and the pi works like a computer then you can move on to the next step.

Using another computer you have to install Volumio onto the sd card that has the pi os.  Reinsert the sd card into the pi, plug in your hd and usb dac, turn it on.  Volumio essentially takes over the pi.  You don’t need a keyboard, mouse, monitor at that point.  I bought the $2 Volumio app and put it on my iPhone and iPad.  That’s what I use to control Volumio.

It sounds better than using my Mac mini although the interface can be a little clunky if you try to do do many things too quickly.  I use a Schiit Audio Modius as my usb DAC.  The pi also has Bluetooth so if someone wants to play something from their phone they just have to connect to Volumio Via Bluetooth.  Pretty easy.  There’s other ways you can set it up too if you want to set up multiple pis around the house.
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Re: Raspberry Pi?
« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2020, 04:54:48 PM »
Thanks for all the tips. I went ahead and ordered a Pi 4,digiboard and case from Hifiberry for about $125 to play with. I am going to start with the Pi core player as I have been using LMS for years. I definitely plan to try Volumio as well. I will be away so it will be awhile before I can give it a go, but I will report back...John
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