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cgallery
2014-03-18, 19:21
Can I make a Squeezebox compatible player with a Raspberry Pi and SqueezePlug? Has anyone done this here, how well does it work for you? Any pros or cons?

cliveb
2014-03-19, 01:23
Can I make a Squeezebox compatible player with a Raspberry Pi and SqueezePlug? Has anyone done this here, how well does it work for you? Any pros or cons?
AFAIK, Squeezeplug is primarily a server, with an option to include a player. You can make a standalone player like a Squeezebox with a Raspberry Pi + Squeezelite. I've done it and it works fine, with the following caveats:

1. The Raspberry Pi's onboard audio is of rather poor quality. You'd need to hook up an external DAC to get decent results. And that means using either HDMI (which I've not tried) or USB. The Pi's USB subsystem is known to be rather flaky. Whether any particular USB DAC works can be hit-and-miss. I used a cheap USB-to-SPDIF converter based on the TI PCM2704 chip (typically available on eBay for about $15) and it works, but with some suspicion that it's not quite perfect.

2. Synchronization with other Squeezeboxes is not as good as with the hardware players. I found it to be acceptable where the players weren't obviously in earshot of one another, but not with them having overlapping coverage.

I've now abandoned the Pi as a Squeezebox. My advice would be to consider a Wandboard running CSOS rather than a Pi, which from all accounts seems to be a much more robust platform.

mherger
2014-03-19, 01:35
> AFAIK, Squeezeplug is primarily a server, with an option to include a
> player. You can make a standalone player like a Squeezebox with a
> Raspberry Pi + Squeezelite.

The simplest way might be the piCorePlayer:
https://sites.google.com/site/picoreplayer/home/how-to-1
http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=97803

That's basically a very small installation file (25MB) which does
exactly what you want: turn your Pi into a SB player.

> 1. The Raspberry Pi's onboard audio is of rather poor quality. You'd
> need to hook up an external DAC to get decent results.

HiFiBerry and the Wolfson DAC built for the Pi might be viable alternatives.

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Michael

tfshaw
2014-03-19, 12:39
I highly recommend the Raspberry pi - HiFiberry - piCorePlayer configuration as a squeezebox player. Easy to set up and sounds great. I run mine with WIFI and connect the HiFiberry to my Home Theater audio system. I have LMS running on a MacBook Pro.

Tim

cgallery
2014-03-19, 16:01
Is there an enclosure that will hold the Raspberry Pi along with a HiFiBerry?

One of the appeals to me of the Raspberry Pi was the enclosures available for it, but it seems the enclosures won't hold a HiFiBerry?

I appreciate the help.

Grumpy Bob
2014-03-19, 23:38
Is there an enclosure that will hold the Raspberry Pi along with a HiFiBerry?

One of the appeals to me of the Raspberry Pi was the enclosures available for it, but it seems the enclosures won't hold a HiFiBerry?

I appreciate the help.

I have a small case which holds the Pi with HiFiBerry - I ordered the HiFiBerry without the RCA sockets pre-soldered. I wired them to the board and mounted them on the top of the case by drilling holes in the case through which the sockets protrude, rather like one of the pictures on the HiFiBerry web page. See http://www.hifiberry.com/products/dac/soldering-hifiberry/

The piCorePlayer with HiFiBerry is working very well.

Robert

cgallery
2014-03-22, 07:40
I have a small case which holds the Pi with HiFiBerry - I ordered the HiFiBerry without the RCA sockets pre-soldered. I wired them to the board and mounted them on the top of the case by drilling holes in the case through which the sockets protrude, rather like one of the pictures on the HiFiBerry web page. See http://www.hifiberry.com/products/dac/soldering-hifiberry/

The piCorePlayer with HiFiBerry is working very well.

Robert

Thank you Grumpy, that looks good.

But now I'm thinking I could just get the low-profile mini phono jack, and then carefully cut the plastic case to allow the phone jack to be access.

I just have to order one. Are there any sellers in the U.S. of these? I've been trying to find one but it sort of looks like they have to be mailed from Europe.

Grumpy Bob
2014-03-22, 21:37
I now have a second Pi with the Element 14 Wolfson DAC - this has a different feature set than the HiFiBerry DAC. Not sure how easy it would be to get it working with piCorePlayer, but it works well with their modified Raspbian image. I'm using it as a headphone player just now.

Robert