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rulof72
2015-08-22, 07:32
Well, I guess it was bound to happen. The last of my SB Classics from 2005 just died. It was losing connectivity for the last few days and today it just stopped completely. It won't even power up. I tried a couple of power adapters but to no avail.

So, what now? I want to keep using LMS but I need an affordable player that can, handle FLAC, connect wired/wirelessly and output optical to a DAC. I'm not really into/motivated enough to build something so I'm looking for an off the shelf solution.

What are some suggestions?

d6jg
2015-08-22, 09:25
A raspberry Pi with digital output and picoreplayer. You can buy a fully built one from a source on eBay. Although they are overpriced from there.
Depending on where you are in the world I am sure you will find someone on here who will build and ship you one for less.
Alternatively an AMazon Fire TV with SB Player app. It has an optical out but unfortunately you do have to have it connected via HDMI.

poing
2015-08-22, 10:02
I'm not really into/motivated enough to build something so I'm looking for an off the shelf solution.

It's really easy to build and set up a Hifiberry.

I realize you've posted about the Cubietruck. Personally, I'm not a Linux wizard. And I struggle with the Cubietruck. It's frustrating. But let me assure you that the Raspberry Pi is an entirely different beast. The Cubietruck sold in the thousands, whereas the Pi sold in the millions. The Pi has a huge community. For the Pi, solutions for non-experts exist which pretty much work out of the box.

You don't need to solder. Assembly of a RPi 2 plus a Hifiberry takes a few minutes at the most. No tools required. And basically, you can order all required parts from one vendor. You spend roughly one hundred dollars/euros/GBPs for a fully-loaded, audiophile player.

As for the software/OS side of things: Once again, let me assure you that even for a novice, setting up picoreplayer is easy as pie. picoreplayer is an awesome project. It's simple. It's rock-solid. As long as you use one of the well-supported I2S DACs such as the Hifiberry Digi+, there shouldn't be any problem at all.

rulof72
2015-08-22, 11:55
It's really easy to build and set up a Hifiberry.

I realize you've posted about the Cubietruck. Personally, I'm not a Linux wizard. And I struggle with the Cubietruck. It's frustrating. But let me assure you that the Raspberry Pi is an entirely different beast. The Cubietruck sold in the thousands, whereas the Pi sold in the millions. The Pi has a huge community. For the Pi, solutions for non-experts exist which pretty much work out of the box.

You don't need to solder. Assembly of a RPi 2 plus a Hifiberry takes a few minutes at the most. No tools required. And basically, you can order all required parts from one vendor. You spend roughly one hundred dollars/euros/GBPs for a fully-loaded, audiophile player.

As for the software/OS side of things: Once again, let me assure you that even for a novice, setting up picoreplayer is easy as pie. picoreplayer is an awesome project. It's simple. It's rock-solid. As long as you use one of the well-supported I2S DACs such as the Hifiberry Digi+, there shouldn't be any problem at all.

Thanks for the input! I think I could probably handle the RPi if there isn't much "coding" or soldering required. I did some quick searching and came up with this site: https://www.hifiberry.com/product-category/bundles/ Any others I should be looking at?

wortgefecht
2015-08-22, 12:00
While I'm all in with RPis (I use 3 of them), why don't you buy a used Touch or Duet?

Concerning the RPi, go with Hifiberry!

rulof72
2015-08-22, 12:26
While I'm all in with RPis (I use 3 of them), why don't you buy a used Touch or Duet?

Concerning the RPi, go with Hifiberry!

I've considered buying a used Squeezebox but the cost has been a deterrent. I'm really interested in the RPi at this point and it seems like it can be had for a reasonable price.

How do you like the Hifiberry setup?

d6jg
2015-08-22, 12:35
Thanks for the input! I think I could probably handle the RPi if there isn't much "coding" or soldering required. I did some quick searching and came up with this site: https://www.hifiberry.com/product-category/bundles/ Any others I should be looking at?

Bought one from there only a week ago. It arrived on Friday and was built and in use within 30 mins or so. I have done it few times before though so for a complete novice it might take a whole hour,
Things you need apart from that bundle are a wireless dongle if you want wireless and a PC with a card reader.

wortgefecht
2015-08-22, 12:36
I've considered buying a used Squeezebox but the cost has been a deterrent. I'm really interested in the RPi at this point and it seems like it can be had for a reasonable price.

How do you like the Hifiberry setup?
None of my Pis have a Hifiberry, but I recently built a Pi Hifiberry combo running Pi MusicBox for my father. Pi MusicBox comes with Google Play Music, Spotify, TuneIn, SoundCloud and UPnP. Works like a charm and sounds very good wired to my father's vintage B&O system.

Apesbrain
2015-08-22, 14:21
If you're in the USA, we now have a HiFiBerry distributor:
http://store.camerontech.io/collections/vendors?q=hifiberry

Get the other parts from Amazon and you're out about $120. It's hardly a "build"; you just snap things together.

rulof72
2015-08-22, 19:10
If you're in the USA, we now have a HiFiBerry distributor:
http://store.camerontech.io/collections/vendors?q=hifiberry

Get the other parts from Amazon and you're out about $120. It's hardly a "build"; you just snap things together.

I did just that. I ordered the RPi, power adapter and micro SD card from Amazon and the Digi+ and case from Camerontech. Should have everything w/in the week so my plan is to "build" it and hopefully have it streaming music by this time next weekend. In the meantime my turntable will be getting a bit more work.

I'll report back with my impressions once I've had a chance to listen to it.

poing
2015-08-23, 05:07
Best of luck with your new setup!

GeeJay
2015-08-23, 19:00
Not being a techie, I was a bit apprehensive putting together my first Pi. It really did turn out to be about as easy to set up as folks here said. It didn't work right out of the box, but it didn't take too much work to figure things out and get it running.

I ordered parts for my second. I'd like to eventually add a screen to this one and mothball my fading SB3.

alfista
2015-08-24, 02:32
Well, I guess it was bound to happen. The last of my SB Classics from 2005 just died. It was losing connectivity for the last few days and today it just stopped completely. It won't even power up. I tried a couple of power adapters but to no avail.

There's been many reports of failing WiFi-boards causing similar problems. If you can live with wired connection it could be worth a try to open the SB3 and remove that board, or alternatively trying to find a replacement.