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    Building the Tivoli Squeezebox Radio

    IR is definitely not for me. And for device to be carried around that would be another device you have to take with you.

    I've tried to place the half a dozen or so Squeezebox IR remotes I have around my place but still neither me nor my better half are ever using them
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    Quote Originally Posted by pippin View Post
    IR is definitely not for me.
    I thought it was for your mother.

    And for device to be carried around that would be another device you have to take with you.
    Does she carry her's around?

    I've tried to place the half a dozen or so Squeezebox IR remotes I have around my place but still neither me nor my better half are ever using them
    Understandable - best for static devices - or at least for devices then tend to stay in one place.

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    Building the Tivoli Squeezebox Radio

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Webster View Post
    I thought it was for your mother.
    Yes. And she's actually even less into IR remotes than me.

    Does she carry her's around?
    Yes. That was the idea. She takes it out on the balcony and into the garden.
    That's why the WiFi performance was so important, too.

    She usually has her iPad with her for reading so can use that to switch channels (she mostly listens to radio) but most of the time it's really just turning it on/off or changing the volume.

    One of the reasons she wanted it was that while she mostly listens to radio not all of her favorite stations are still available through FM or cable so when she realized she can play them again through the stereo when she got her first Squeezebox device she wanted an "everywhere" radio, too.

    I could have bought a used Logitech Radio on eBay but that really doesn't fit her furnishing style
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    Building the Tivoli Squeezebox Radio

    I've updates the article a bit with information about the new Raspberry Pi Zero Wireless (which can help a lot) and it also now has a BOM (list of materials used) with approximate prices. It now also has more direct links to the stuff used in building the radio.

    Oh, and the German translation is now online, too
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    HiFiBerry miniamp

    Quote Originally Posted by pippin View Post
    I've updates the article a bit with information about the new Raspberry Pi Zero Wireless (which can help a lot) and it also now has a BOM (list of materials used) with approximate prices. It now also has more direct links to the stuff used in building the radio.

    Oh, and the German translation is now online, too
    Thanks for the idea, Pippin. I've just find a new Tivoli on eBay so I want to try a simpler work (no battery, Rpi Zero Wireless and no rotary controller). One question: how you have connected the Miniamp (that is Stereo) to the single speaker of the Tivoli? L+R positive and L+R negative togheter? It is possible? Sorry for the (perhaps) stupid question but I remember some class D amplifier that is impossible to connect the ground togheter (otherwise it could be damaged).

    Ciao, Riccardo
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    No, don't connect the two outputs!!!
    I only used one channel, there's a command line parameter for SqueezeLite to use mono output (it's documented in the pCP web interface help) and that's what I used
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    Hi Pippin,

    First, Great project nice looking device and a perfect documentation (and software developing part). Really great!

    I have of course some questions:

    What exactly did you use as a battery? Because, as you already mentioned, it needs to :

    Automatically power the device which is plugged in (i read you added a switch for that)
    Be charged and powering the device at the same time.

    My powerbank needs to be switched on, as an example. So please give me hint what it exactly is.

    Why? Because i have the same hardware here:
    A pi zero w and the hifiberry min amp
    Such a great combination!

    (and your project is the first i found which uses the mini amp)
    and some different speakers

    And last: do you have any idea where one could get some play, next, previous buttons?

    Quote Originally Posted by pippin View Post
    IR is definitely not for me. And for device to be carried around that would be another device you have to take with you.
    Because i was not able to find any, i thought about using a remote which is built into the casing (thats why i cited you).

    So that nobody recognizes that it is a ir remote, but internally it works like that (it would be easy to implement because of the lirc function of picoreplayer, only the hardware side will be hard/ some work.
    What do you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cubii View Post
    What exactly did you use as a battery? Because, as you already mentioned, it needs to :

    Automatically power the device which is plugged in (i read you added a switch for that)
    Be charged and powering the device at the same time.
    I used this one:
    https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I didn't really want to give a recommendation in the article because these products are usually pretty short lived so if someone reads this 6 months from now the exact same power bank might no longer be available or the vendor might sell a changed product under the same name. Happens all the time...
    I'm pretty happy with this one except for the size, though.

    Keep in mind, I only needed the second port because that's where I connected the 12V step-up-converter for the clock.
    One could try to connect the clock (removing the 12V-to6V power converter it comes with) directly to the 5V on the Pi and test whether it still works (probably will), that would allow you to use a smaller power bank but the downside would be that the clock then always runs on the backup battery whenever you switch the radio off.
    The way it's set up in my radio now it at least powers the clock as long as the power bank is connected to the power supply. If the power supply is disconnected _and_ the radio is off, the power draw from the clock is too low and the power bank switches off, so in this case the clock also falls back on the backup battery.
    No experience yet on how long the backup battery will last but usually when the Radio is switched off over longer periods of time it sits connected to the power supply to charge so I don't think it's a big issue.

    And last: do you have any idea where one could get some play, next, previous buttons?
    Well, as I wrote I used the rotary encoder's push button function for "play/pause".
    But no, other buttons are also notoriously difficult. It's actually the reason I didn't add more buttons: I didn't find any that I found looking good enough (and feeling good enough).
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    MiniAmp not working

    Hi Pippin,
    just arrived my HiFiBerry MiniAmp but is not working (the RPi Zero W is working good, instead, with audio HDMI output). How do You set Picoreplayer to work with Miniamp? Setting HiFiBerry Amp+, Picoreplayer tell me that Squeezelite is not working (and no one audio output seems working).
    Thanks, Riccardo
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    Uh, I forgot what I set and I remember I had to try several options as well, thought it was me being stupid.
    Please ask in one of the piCorePlayer threads for help, I'm sure they can help but I don't have the device at hand to look it up right now.
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