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pablolie
2014-12-12, 12:24
just looking for a very simply guide? the ones i find are distributed all over the place in different wikis. it seems the state of art for nextgen SB is still quite complicated :-)

kidstypike
2014-12-12, 12:54
just looking for a very simply guide? the ones i find are distributed all over the place in different wikis. it seems the state of art for nextgen SB is still quite complicated :-)

I can't whistle a single note of Linux, but I've built two picoplayers, it is supremely simple, instructions below, takes a few minutes.

Apesbrain
2014-12-12, 13:05
Do you need help with setup/configuration or with knowing what parts to order? Amazon parts list is here (http://i.imgur.com/WVtZqV4.jpg). This $70 player will give you stereo analog output on mini-jack or digital output on HDMI.

If you want higher quality analog output or S/PDIF, HiFiBerry (http://www.hifiberry.com/digiplus/) offers add-on boards for about $50 shipped to US. Or for about the same price you can buy a USB DAC such as the HiFimeDIY (https://hifimediy.com/DACs/ready-made-dacs/sabre-dac-uae23). Another option is an "HDMI-to-S/PDIF" converter which can be found on Amazon for about $30.

Setup/Configuration instructions are at PiCorePlayer site (https://sites.google.com/site/picoreplayer/home) and help is available in PiCorePlayer thread (http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?97803-piCoPlayer-Squeezelite-on-Microcore-linux-An-embedded-OS-in-RAM-with-Squeezelite&highlight=picoplayer).

P.S. An alternative if you want S/PDIF output is to use a Hummingboard (http://www.solid-run.com/product/hummingboard-i1/) and Squeeze on Arch (https://github.com/SqueezeOnArch/soa-installers/raw/master/soa-image-cubox-i.img.zip) software. The board is a little more expensive than RPi but you'll save the cost of an add-on. Hummingboard fits in any RPi B case.

d6jg
2014-12-12, 14:21
+1 for PiCorePlayer.
Probably the hardest part is deciding what to use to output the audio. The onboard analogue is a no no, HDMI is OK but you really need a supported USB DAC or an add on DAC card for the Pi.

Man in a van
2014-12-12, 14:50
+1 for PiCorePlayer.
Probably the hardest part is deciding what to use to output the audio. The onboard analogue is a no no, HDMI is OK but you really need a supported USB DAC or an add on DAC card for the Pi.

Plenty of support here abouts (and else where).

recommend this hardware

http://iqaudio.com/ :cool:

atb

ronnie

pablolie
2014-12-12, 21:31
Thank you so much everybody!!!

marcoc1712
2014-12-13, 04:33
Thank you so much everybody!!!

HI, Have a look to Volumio (www.volumio.org), they recently added support for squeezelite and they are planning to completely support squeezebox environment in next releases.

Marco

gorman
2014-12-16, 04:35
If one has a good DAC on his/her receiver... are there negative points in thinking of using HDMI?

d6jg
2014-12-16, 07:59
If one has a good DAC on his/her receiver... are there negative points in thinking of using HDMI?

As far as I am concerned (only worried about 16bit) the only real downside of HDMI is the fact that you are also outputting video. My Onkyo AV Receiver will only let you switch off the audio on the HDMI OUT not the video albeit I accept you can operate the Receiver with the TV switched off.

GeeJay
2014-12-18, 19:08
I think I need a guide for "Someone who is too dumb to even use a dummy guide".

I bought the parts, loaded the software on the card, plugged into network via ethernet...and I can't even find the RPie on my network. Both the red and green light come on and stay on.

I'm not sure where to search in the PiCorePlayer thread for any similar issues. Can anyone point me in a direction that might lead me down the right path?

Greg Erskine
2014-12-18, 20:46
I think I need a guide for "Someone who is too dumb to even use a dummy guide".

I bought the parts, loaded the software on the card, plugged into network via ethernet...and I can't even find the RPie on my network. Both the red and green light come on and stay on.

I'm not sure where to search in the PiCorePlayer thread for any similar issues. Can anyone point me in a direction that might lead me down the right path?

hi GeeJay,

A fresh install should just work (analog out) IF you are using wired Ethernet and have a DHCP server (probably on your router).

LMS should see piCorePlayer in less than a minute. Check that LMS can see it, then test with headphones in the analog socket. It should appear in iPeng as well.

EDIT: I copied your post into the piCorePlayer thread where it is more likely to be followed up. This thread is not specifically about piCorePlayer.
http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?97803-piCoPlayer-Squeezelite-on-Microcore-linux-An-embedded-OS-in-RAM-with-Squeezelite&p=800805&viewfull=1#post800805

regards
Greg