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Raspberry Pi as headless streamer

Discussion in 'd.i.y.' started by RichardH, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. tomek

    tomek pfm Member

    I have the new Pi 3 and with new piCoreplayer the sound is better, than with Pi B 2.
    Bits are bits.
    Maybe it is all about clock and stream regularity. More powerfull Pi can deliver a more regular data stream ? When playing 24/96 cpu load is 0,1% ...
  2. Royd Audio

    Royd Audio Trade: Royd Audio

    Greg, any chance piCore is going to add AP mode so that adding the Pi to a home WiFi network and setup no longer requires ethernet but can just use the on board WiFi of Pi3?
  3. Bemused

    Bemused What's this all about then?

    Need a Pi3 here then.
  4. Greg Erskine

    Greg Erskine pfm Member

    Hi Royd Audio,

    There are couple of methods for doing this already.


    Scroll down to SETUP of Raspberry Pi A+.
    The same applies for A RPI3B.

    AP has been investigated but not proceeding at this time. It *may* be added as an option but probably not part of the initial image.

  5. Royd Audio

    Royd Audio Trade: Royd Audio

    Thanks Greg, I'll check that out. Shame about AP as it just makes a neat and tidy solution but appreciate the development cost implementing it.
  6. chiily

    chiily PFM Special Builder

    I've stuck my toe into the world of the PI for music streaming, and it was painless.

    I was using a squeezebox Touch, now migrated to the living room, with a NAP160 and a pair of Rega Kytes (nice!). I replaced it with a Pi3, a HIFIBerry Digi+ feeding a Dactilus 2 DAC. It was simple to download and flash piCorePlayer on to an 8Gb SD Card, set up wifi, point the piCorePlayer at the Digi+ board and I have a great streamer for stored music (on a Synology NAS) and Spotify. Seriously impressed and sounds pretty good to boot.

    Just need to sort a non-steel case out for the Pi and the Digi+ now.

    Thank you to all on the thread for inspiring me to setting this up.
  7. Greg Erskine

    Greg Erskine pfm Member

    Hi chilly,

    I am happy the piCorePlayer install was easy.

    It's a great feeling getting music to come out of this little computer and I think it sounds better than is should!

  8. tomek

    tomek pfm Member

    Oh, yes it sounds much better, than it should. A nightmare for many hifi companies ...
  9. CarrotMan

    CarrotMan pfm Member

  10. tomek

    tomek pfm Member

  11. Julf

    Julf Evil brother of Mark V Shaney

    Just note that those tweaks are with tongue firmly in cheek...
  12. chiily

    chiily PFM Special Builder

  13. 337alant

    337alant Negatively Biased

    Just bought a PI3 ;)
    What Dac shoud I buy ?
    What music player should I buy to play my Flac files from my NAS ?

  14. Werner

    Werner pfm Member

    Volumio or Moode.

    Volumio is in a bit of a flux, leaving 1.5 behind and moving to version 2 (with a host of fresh bugs; Pi seems OKish, the situation for Cubox, though, is dire since iOS10 broke the Volumio control webapp).

    Moode seems more stable at the moment.
  15. tomek

    tomek pfm Member

    piCorePlayer :)
  16. Werner

    Werner pfm Member

    I tried. But whether running LMS on the Pi or on the NAS, it refused to find my music files.
  17. JemHayward

    JemHayward pfm Member

    I use both PiCorePlayer, and Max2Play - they both have pro's and cons. I do run LMS and Squeezelite on one Pi, which works, but I do have some issues with ticking noises when running squeezelite and other players at the same time. Not really got to the bottom of it, but there is a new release of PiCorePlater out this week, so I'll be doing a re-install at the weekend. Max2play is useful if you use a DAC or amp that attaches to the Pi, as they have built in support for all the popular ones - I use a HiFiBerry Amp+ for my battery powered garden system with Max2Play and it works really well.

    As I'm a Squeezebox user, I've not tried Volumio and the others, but a friend has and has been happy with the results.

    As for DAC - PiCorePlayer has a page of various DACs and the required settings, but some of the DACs that attach to the Pi are remarkably good, and have the advantage of I2S connection thus avoiding SPDIF and clocking issues. You'd have to spend quiet a lot of money on a standalone DAC to get an obvious advantage. Obviously if you have more than one source, then a DAC/Pre would be a good choice - I use an MDAC.
  18. Man in a van

    Man in a van pfm Member

    if you want help to resolve (or not) your problem, a lot more detail is required ;)
  19. chiily

    chiily PFM Special Builder

    Just bought an IQAudIO DAC+ to try on my PI3 streamer. The DAC gets good reviews, so we'll see...
  20. 337alant

    337alant Negatively Biased

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