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  1. Well as per the title when you are feeling a little bored as there is no more football till Friday and your in between Stained Glass projects you start looking around at the pile of things you have accumulated and how they could be used . I currently have amongst others a nice new Pi 4 that I was going to use for a streamer to take with me to Kegworth and I most probably will do that but just at the moment it is not doing anything and offe.rs me options . Also due to converting my second bedroom system to active with Linn Sara 9's there is now no longer anywhere to use my Musical Fidelity V-Link 192 . Now currently I use in my other active system a Raspberry Pi 3 with Allo Digione feeding a digital signal directly to my DDRC 22D acting as Dirac Live DSP treatment unit . Out put between the DDRC 22D and my MiniDSP crossover unit is via AES/EBU . Now if I load up max2play on the Raspberry Pi 4 I have here and then use the USB output of the Pi in to the V-Link that will then give me a direct digital feed from the AES/EBU on the V-Link to the AES/EBU input on the DDRC 22D . Now something about using the same protocols from the start to the end result and using the balanced digital option from player to crossover is to me a good idea. So amused myself with the frustrating attempt to get the Moode Audio to out put to USB which I failed to do and could not find how to achieve this (anyone who has an idea let me know) . So failing that fall back on my use of Max2play which I know quite well now and am able to configure very easily to what I want it to do . Everything was connected set the player up with all the settings I prefer hit Random Mix and Song Mix and the screen in front of me says it is playing but no sound , strange take a closer look at the setup and finally after staring at it for a while spot that my crossover has switched sources from AES/EBU to TOSLINK . Note to self the remote works both units so when you changed the DDRC 22D source you changed the the 10 x 10 HD as well . Setting back to what it should be and the music starts . Have to say that given that I have removed the digital signal from the Pi and moved it to the V-Link I was surprised that there was a sound difference . Not really easy to switch from one to the other as there is lots of plugging and unplugging to change the player so just leaving one source over the other and giving things a listen . Have to say at the moment I am leaning towards the V-Link option it has less back ground noise and offers more texture to voices and instruments . Sound stage balance has also shifted a bit with the V-Link being more obviously right and left over the Allo Digione . I found the V-Link to be a very good usb to spdif convertor when i replaced a cheap amazon unit with it . I was not really expecting that it would also offer a high quality option over a Digihat but it most certainly does and I am getting use out a few other spare items . Now what happens if i get an Allo Digione Signature board ? That will have to wait for another day.
  2. http://www.seancarney.ca/2021/02/06/secure-your-raspberry-pi-by-enabling-automatic-software-updates/ Above is a link to a simple way to add in to your Raspberry Pi an automatic unattended software update for the Linux loaded as the base for the Pi . Once you have follwoed all the instructions this will replace you ever having to do the standard update of sudo apt update and then sudo apt upgrade With this add included that will be done automatically and your Pi will now have any new updates installed every day . I know there will be some on here who will already know all about this and apologise for coming late to the party but I have not read about this before and have been doing a manual update every day or so to keep things as they should be . Adding this to my server and all of my various Pi based players now means one less job to think about and a very warm feeling that things are all in order. Being of the sceptical type I only installed this to one Pi first and left it there for about ten days . When I would run the above manual update on the Pi with this script added I would get the message after checking that nothing needed updating . Running the same manual script on other Pi's in the system would have updates to do , not every day but at least six out of the ten days . So having satisfied myself that this works I have now installed it in all my Pi's and will leave them to get on with it.
  3. So i thought i would dive into music streaming with the above set up. I've added a justboom Digihat to feed it into my Beresford Bushmaster 2. First impressions are awful Im using the Volumio App as a controller. Wont play 24/96/or 24/192 without constant stuttering, Also can get halfway through a song and then skip to the next one. App freezes constantly. Have read such good reports from this type of set up and Volumio so just wondering if there is something i am missing in set up etc. Many thanks for any advice.
  4. I have just been sent the following information from HiFiBerry about their latest DAC Hat for the Raspberry Pi . This looks to be quite a serious attempt by them to offer a low noise better quality option which includes better power supply functions and its own clock seperated from the Raspberry Pi which is a narea sometimes cited for improvement of sound quality . They are also making great play of the importance of the power supply which is a very current theme on a couple of threads here . If you are interested her is a link to their rationale . https://www.hifiberry.com/blog/techtalk-power-supply-matters/ In case you are not getting any news from this company and are interested then here is alink to the product page which includes the price and if you click on Data Sheet you will get the extended details of the DAC Hat . https://www.hifiberry.com/shop/boards/hifiberry-dac2-hd/
  5. I have an Allo Digione that i bought second hand and use as the streamer for my main system . It came with a Raspberry Pi 3 unit attached but I had a spare Raspberry Pi 2Mb unit so decided to switch it over and use the newer and quicker Pi instead. No mechanical issues just a straight swop . Then flashed a new card with Max2play but had repeated bricking of the unit (in reboot just stalls and stops working) . Not what I was looking for so downloaded Picoreplayer 6.0 flashed that to the SD card and set up Allo Digione as the player . No problems with that presume becuase they use a very small code package for the Raspberry Pi and not the full blown Buster . Works now so will leave it as it is . Would prefer to have it working under Max2play as all the others are doing but will have to see if I can find a resolution to loading that .
  6. Looking at the Skills on Amazon for the Echo came across this one . Now I know that some on the squeezebox forum had developed a way of linking the Echo to LMS but I have to say I found the whole thread confusing and could not understand how to get it working . This one I can see the steps and know how the downloads are done and it looks that this will enable the Echo to access all the music on my Raspberry Pi to play . Not sure if this will work but might well give this a try when my next day off comes . https://www.mymediaalexa.com/home/raspberrypi
  7. In case any on here are waiting and not spotted it Max2play - www.max2play.com have released a Beta download for the new Raspberry Pi . I use this software as a nice simple interface for Logitech Media Server and have my USB HD Library connected to a single Pi running the server only . I downloaded the new Beta version this morning and flashed it to my Raspberry Pi 4 4GB unit . Everything was very smooth using Balena Etcher to write to the card .Card loaded fine was able to get the max2play interface open striaght away . Then just a matter of loading all of my normal settings , mounting the USB drive and installing and starting LMS . I did all of this before i replaced my current Raspberry Pi 3+ which is my current server . Full load and scan of my Library (50049 tracks) has taken about thirty five minutes but this is a one time set up so this was the same if not longer for all the previous Pi incarnations I have used. Speed and smoothnes for the new Pi4 is very noticable . Adding plugins , loading an updated version of LMS takes a fraction of the time it used to and when restarted the LMS is very quick to reload and be available somehting i could never say about the previous versions. So far all the plug ins I have tried (Material World , Radio Paradise , BBC iPlayer ) have all worked faultlessly and there have been no drop outs or glitches I could find or hear. Currently playing John Martyn from a Random Mix while I type this and I am now going to say something that I am sure i will regret the sound seems to be improved . Yes I do know this is very subjective but it seems to me to be more solid and stable . Now given that it is just a digital file transfer there should be no differenc but perhaps the true 1gb Ethernet chip is just making the exchange better. This si not huge differences but it does make music easier to listen to so will take it .
  8. Have been thinking of making up my own SBT equivalent using a Raspberry Pi (I have one not doing anything at the moment) a Digi + out put board a Touch Screen and Pi Core software . Problem is that I am fairly useless at most mechanical construction (don't get me started on soldering) . I have looked at it and I think it is a fairly simple click together plug in wire job which I will not say a I feel confident but I think I can manage . Has anyone else put something like this together ? If so how hard was it and are there any obvious errors I can avoid.
  9. Thinking that the weak point of my system was probably the Raspberry Pi 3 I was using to run Logitech Media Server (LMS) I started looking at various server based solutions, including NUCs and building my own. As a part of my research I looked at the Small Green Computers SonicTransported. Vortexbox UK sell there own version called the Audiostore Prestige 2: https://www.vortexbox.co.uk/Audiostore_Prestige_2/p317978_16932231.aspx On Computer Audiophile a chap was selling his XL version for £550 + £150 for an SBooster LPSU to power it, this seemed like serendipity so I bought it. My Raspberry Pi 3 was powered by an R-Core LPSU > 2 x LT3045 (5V 1A). The files were hosted on four 512GB USB sticks hosted on a USB 3.0 hub via a StartTech USB extender. Well there is no doubt that the sound quality is better, and the last remnant of sibilance I have been battling on a few files has been banished .....BUT, these boxes run their own linux based OS and, as I have just found out, only allow you to mount ONE USB device. So I can see all four 512GB USB sticks on the StarTech ...but, only mount ONE. Currently I have Qobuz, one USB stick and my Synology NAS set up. The Prestige also has a 1TB SSD onboard, so I will test that in due course. Is there any difference between the NAS and the StarTech hosted files? YES. Not massive, but there is no doubt they are a touch more detailed and dynamic. If I could get onto the box via SSH I could solve the issue on about two minutes! Options: > Live with one USB stick on the HUB via StarTech; > Set up the RP3 as a NAS and raid the USB sticks .....I suspect this will lose some of the advantages of the StarTech; > Free the Prestige and load Ubuntu and so do what I want; > Try and gain SSH access. Qobuz has taken a nice upward tick. Overall mixed news, but there is no doubt this box is better than the RP3; at a cost of course! M
  10. Could some one give me a little advice . I have two main digital sources a Theta CD transport and an SBT Clone . I use a Digitial DSP Room corrector but I am only able to input one digital source which is then treated and output to my Dac . This means the SBT clone is getting the Room Correction but not the transport. As the above Digi Baord which I could add to my clone has both Digital Inputs as well as Outputs I am thinking that I could connect the Transport to the SBT Clone and then use that to out put in to the Room Corrector and both signals would then get treated and out put to my DAC and in the system . Never used this paticular Hat so has anyone else used it ? Is there a way to switch from direct Digital Output from the Pi to the input of the Hat ?
  11. Something very strange has happened and I am at a loss how to fixt it. I have LMS installed on a Raspberry Pi3b and use this as a server only with my USB HD connected to it and then ethernet wired connection to my server. Nothing too unusual there and this has worked fine for quite a while . All the players I use work fine and I can control each one from the screen . However just today on using the LMS connection on my laptop via the ISP address as normal I can connect in to LMS and see the usual split screen right hand shows the player as chosen from a drop down menu top right and then what that individual player is playing or just what status it is. This still happens but on the left hand side where it used to show Home , My Music , My Apps etc this screen is just blank and shows a blank grey box. This means I can not change players or switch apps from my Laptop which yesterday I could . Anyone any ideas what has happened ? Could it be a setting ? I have not consciously changed anything but maybe I have switched something by mistake . I can open the settings page and see all of those tabs and pages just not the normal first LMS page .
  12. I have been having a quite frustrating day with LMS after a very long period of it just working in the back ground and doing what I ask it has now after playing random mix/ song mix which is how I use it songs stop in the middle say they are buffering and then never restart. I have looked at the log and it appeared to be an issue with Dynamic Mix plug in as the log kept saying could not find dynamic mix link . So removed the plug in but then still kept happening and the following line kept appearing [18-05-28 10:56:47.0167] Slim::Schema::forceCommit (2147) Warning: Trying to commit transactions before DB is initialized! After looking on the basic settings page and after a number of reviews I just noticed that the Media Folder and the Playlist folder were different one was usb but the other was usb0 so have now changed both to usb0 which is the one that is showing on the file mounting page on Max2play . Doing a rescan of the Library under Media Folder which I am keeping my fingers crossed will solve this issue and let me get back to listening again without that horrible feeling the tune is going to cut off. Has anyone come across this sort of issue before ? Will what I have done solve the problem ?
  13. I am getting a little confused but I am sure there will some answers in the combined intellects of Wammers! I am currently using a Windows 7 laptop (a specification which refuses the win10 upgrade!) and a usb connected, separately powered hard drive for storage. i am running JRiver MC23 and taking the output from USB into the usb input of my Wyred4Sound Dac2v2. Sounds great, but windows annoys me. JRiver have produced the Id, and one of its incarnations is raspberry pi id. You can get the sd card preinstalled with JRiver for $39 or the complete pi in a case with JRiver installed for $99 plus shipping. (There are also other versions of the Id at higher prices, but not raspberried) What interests me is the potential for taking the signal from the pi by I2S and hdmi into the I2S hdmi socket of the dac, and whether that will have any advantageous effect on sound quality? The W4S dac does not need drivers for Linux, so that resolved one question I had. The other advantage is the reduction in size. The laptop and the pi id can be used with JRemote. Has anyone any observations on this topic, or suggestions to make? Any advice, cautions or experience would be appreciated.
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