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Old November 25th 17, 05:10 PM posted to uk.rec.audio,comp.sys.raspberry-pi
D.M. Procida
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Default Raspberry Pi hi-fi

I'm going to need an audio source, so I thought I'd try building my own
with a Raspberry Pi.

I'll be playing ripped CDs, from a USB flash drive, and Internet radio.

It will certainly be more convenient than having my CD collection spread
over two locations.

I now have a Raspberry Pi running Volumio, with a board-mounted DAC
(Allo Boss) and a touch-screen.

It'll run into a Cyrus 1 amplifier and Royd Coniston 2 speakers; I've
also played it via an older Cyrus 1 and Rogers LS/2s.

None of this is at the high end of hi-fi, but the two systems have been
happily playing music for nearly 30 years each and I'm happy with them.

With the DAC, the Raspberry Pi is in an uttterly different league. I
haven't had the opportunity to listen with much attention so far, but it
sounds clear, unmuddied and noise-free, with no obvious anomalies in the
output.

The Volumio software is OK - I can live with its deficiencies.

There's no way to play CDs directly via an attached drive; they have to
be ripped with iTunes first, but I hope some future update to the
Volumio software might incorporate that.

Daniele
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Old November 25th 17, 07:10 PM posted to uk.rec.audio,comp.sys.raspberry-pi
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I tunes, Bloody I tunes?
Why use such bloatware?
Can you not rip them with cdex or similar software?
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I'm going to need an audio source, so I thought I'd try building my own
with a Raspberry Pi.

I'll be playing ripped CDs, from a USB flash drive, and Internet radio.

It will certainly be more convenient than having my CD collection spread
over two locations.

I now have a Raspberry Pi running Volumio, with a board-mounted DAC
(Allo Boss) and a touch-screen.

It'll run into a Cyrus 1 amplifier and Royd Coniston 2 speakers; I've
also played it via an older Cyrus 1 and Rogers LS/2s.

None of this is at the high end of hi-fi, but the two systems have been
happily playing music for nearly 30 years each and I'm happy with them.

With the DAC, the Raspberry Pi is in an uttterly different league. I
haven't had the opportunity to listen with much attention so far, but it
sounds clear, unmuddied and noise-free, with no obvious anomalies in the
output.

The Volumio software is OK - I can live with its deficiencies.

There's no way to play CDs directly via an attached drive; they have to
be ripped with iTunes first, but I hope some future update to the
Volumio software might incorporate that.

Daniele


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I'm going to need an audio source, so I thought I'd try building my own
with a Raspberry Pi.

I'll be playing ripped CDs, from a USB flash drive, and Internet radio.

It will certainly be more convenient than having my CD collection spread
over two locations.

I now have a Raspberry Pi running Volumio, with a board-mounted DAC
(Allo Boss) and a touch-screen.

It'll run into a Cyrus 1 amplifier and Royd Coniston 2 speakers; I've
also played it via an older Cyrus 1 and Rogers LS/2s.

None of this is at the high end of hi-fi, but the two systems have been
happily playing music for nearly 30 years each and I'm happy with them.

With the DAC, the Raspberry Pi is in an uttterly different league. I
haven't had the opportunity to listen with much attention so far, but it
sounds clear, unmuddied and noise-free, with no obvious anomalies in the
output.

The Volumio software is OK - I can live with its deficiencies.

There's no way to play CDs directly via an attached drive; they have to
be ripped with iTunes first, but I hope some future update to the
Volumio software might incorporate that.

Daniele



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Old November 25th 17, 09:32 PM posted to uk.rec.audio,comp.sys.raspberry-pi
D.M. Procida
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Brian Gaff wrote:

Why use such bloatware?
Can you not rip them with cdex or similar software?


I have absolutely no idea.

Daniele
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Old November 26th 17, 02:21 PM posted to uk.rec.audio,comp.sys.raspberry-pi
David[_6_]
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On Sat, 25 Nov 2017 18:10:31 +0000, D.M. Procida wrote:

I'm going to need an audio source, so I thought I'd try building my own
with a Raspberry Pi.

I'll be playing ripped CDs, from a USB flash drive, and Internet radio.

It will certainly be more convenient than having my CD collection spread
over two locations.

I now have a Raspberry Pi running Volumio, with a board-mounted DAC
(Allo Boss) and a touch-screen.

It'll run into a Cyrus 1 amplifier and Royd Coniston 2 speakers; I've
also played it via an older Cyrus 1 and Rogers LS/2s.

None of this is at the high end of hi-fi, but the two systems have been
happily playing music for nearly 30 years each and I'm happy with them.

With the DAC, the Raspberry Pi is in an uttterly different league. I
haven't had the opportunity to listen with much attention so far, but it
sounds clear, unmuddied and noise-free, with no obvious anomalies in the
output.

The Volumio software is OK - I can live with its deficiencies.

There's no way to play CDs directly via an attached drive; they have to
be ripped with iTunes first, but I hope some future update to the
Volumio software might incorporate that.

Daniele


Good feedback on DAC performance.

Loads of ripping software (allegedly) including RythmBox but if you have a
way that works then you might as well stick with it as long as you can rip
to a lossless format such as FLAC.

Cheers


Dave R



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Old November 26th 17, 06:21 PM posted to uk.rec.audio,comp.sys.raspberry-pi
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On 25/11/2017 18:10, D.M. Procida wrote:
I'm going to need an audio source, so I thought I'd try building my own
with a Raspberry Pi.

I'll be playing ripped CDs, from a USB flash drive, and Internet radio.

It will certainly be more convenient than having my CD collection spread
over two locations.

I now have a Raspberry Pi running Volumio, with a board-mounted DAC
(Allo Boss) and a touch-screen.

It'll run into a Cyrus 1 amplifier and Royd Coniston 2 speakers; I've
also played it via an older Cyrus 1 and Rogers LS/2s.

None of this is at the high end of hi-fi, but the two systems have been
happily playing music for nearly 30 years each and I'm happy with them.

With the DAC, the Raspberry Pi is in an uttterly different league. I
haven't had the opportunity to listen with much attention so far, but it
sounds clear, unmuddied and noise-free, with no obvious anomalies in the
output.


I'm interested in putting one of these together. When you say different
league - compared to what? The Pi on its own without the DAC?


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Old November 26th 17, 09:00 PM posted to uk.rec.audio,comp.sys.raspberry-pi
D.M. Procida
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Default Raspberry Pi hi-fi

RJH wrote:

With the DAC, the Raspberry Pi is in an uttterly different league. I
haven't had the opportunity to listen with much attention so far, but it
sounds clear, unmuddied and noise-free, with no obvious anomalies in the
output.


I'm interested in putting one of these together. When you say different
league - compared to what? The Pi on its own without the DAC?


Exactly.

It's not really a fair comparison of course, because with the Pi on its
own I was using its headphone amplifier as a line-level source, as well
its internal DAC/clocks/etc. Upgrading any one of those would have made
an improvement, but the dedicated board upgrades them all.

I'd like to see how it compares with my CD player (some Cyrus model I
bought second hand). I also want to see whether it makes a difference to
Internet radio streams, despite the lower-quality source.

Up to now I've been using a Roku SoundBridge, which I've had for about
15 years. It struggles with higher bit-rate streams sometimes, like
Radio 3's.

When I'm going to find the time to play the golden ears and do all this
comparing, I don't know.

Daniele
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Old November 29th 17, 08:30 AM posted to uk.rec.audio,comp.sys.raspberry-pi
RobH[_2_]
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On 26/11/17 19:21, RJH wrote:
On 25/11/2017 18:10, D.M. Procida wrote:
I'm going to need an audio source, so I thought I'd try building my own
with a Raspberry Pi.

I'll be playing ripped CDs, from a USB flash drive, and Internet radio.

It will certainly be more convenient than having my CD collection spread
over two locations.

I now have a Raspberry Pi running Volumio, with a board-mounted DAC
(Allo Boss) and a touch-screen.

It'll run into a Cyrus 1 amplifier and Royd Coniston 2 speakers; I've
also played it via an older Cyrus 1 and Rogers LS/2s.

None of this is at the high end of hi-fi, but the two systems have been
happily playing music for nearly 30 years each and I'm happy with them.

With the DAC, the Raspberry Pi is in an uttterly different league. I
haven't had the opportunity to listen with much attention so far, but it
sounds clear, unmuddied and noise-free, with no obvious anomalies in the
output.


I'm interested in putting one of these together. When you say different
league - compared to what? The Pi on its own without the DAC?


I use RuneAudio on a pi3 to stream my music from a NAS server to a
Marshall speaker in another room, and it works great for me
 




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