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Guut_Boy
2015-11-27, 06:40
I few days ago the 5$ Raspberry Pi Zero came out (more info here) (https://www.raspberrypi.org/products/pi-zero/). I was wondering if this could be used to build a very compact and cheap Squeezebox player (perhaps a server even). Has anyone here looked in to this? What are your thoughts?

Julf
2015-11-27, 06:44
I few days ago the 5$ Raspberry Pi Zero came out (more info here) (https://www.raspberrypi.org/products/pi-zero/). I was wondering if this could be used to build a very compact and cheap Squeezebox player (perhaps a server even). Has anyone here looked in to this? What are your thoughts?

It could be used as a player, but it lacks an ethernet connection, so you would have to use USB for network connectivity.

DJanGo
2015-11-27, 06:52
I few days ago the 5$ Raspberry Pi Zero came out (more info here) (https://www.raspberrypi.org/products/pi-zero/). I was wondering if this could be used to build a very compact and cheap Squeezebox player (perhaps a server even). Has anyone here looked in to this? What are your thoughts?

As a Server? No way got only one USB Port - the other is for the Power supply.
As a Player? Naaa look @ the picore Thread all the Guys now want a Touch replacement - the Zero didnt got the Displayport and even the GPIO has no header fitted - (you have to solder the one that should be delivered yourself)

Thats a nice think for ... eh i've dont know but as soon as this thing is out and on stock i will tell :o;):p

edit:
@ Julf but who knows maybe the zero opens another market for micro usb wlan adapters

IanH99
2015-11-27, 07:14
As a Server? No way got only one USB Port - the other is for the Power supply.
As a Player? Naaa look @ the picore Thread all the Guys now want a Touch replacement - the Zero didnt got the Displayport and even the GPIO has no header fitted - (you have to solder the one that should be delivered yourself)

Thats a nice think for ... eh i've dont know but as soon as this thing is out and on stock i will tell :o;):p

edit:
@ Julf but who knows maybe the zero opens another market for micro usb wlan adapters

Lots of people use As and Bs as players, so it has enough power.
Add the gpio header, plug in a DAC and you can have the equivalent of the receiver.
With SD card, wifi dongle, power supply and a case you would still have change out of 50

DJanGo
2015-11-27, 07:32
Lots of people use As and Bs as players, so it has enough power.
did i complain about the power? Dont think so.

You need pieces for this new generation that AFAIK doesnt exist today - or you will end with a USB Hub.
Time will tell.

utgg
2015-11-27, 07:44
Lots of people use As and Bs as players, so it has enough power.
Add the gpio header, plug in a DAC and you can have the equivalent of the receiver.
With SD card, wifi dongle, power supply and a case you would still have change out of 50

Pimoroni have a tiny matching little dac hat for 16 coming along: https://shop.pimoroni.com/products/phat-dac. If you are sufficiently non-audiophile to consider a 3.5mm good enough, this will allow very cheap and tiny headless player - about 30 all in. I like that the stack will only be around 15mm high, with all connectors on one side - the current pi sandwiches look a bit ugly to me, in or out of a case.

The nuisance is the networking - micro-usb to usb adapter + wifi dongle is the sensible option, but that won't be terribly pretty.

Man in a van
2015-11-27, 09:01
I few days ago the 5$ Raspberry Pi Zero came out (more info here) (https://www.raspberrypi.org/products/pi-zero/). I was wondering if this could be used to build a very compact and cheap Squeezebox player (perhaps a server even). Has anyone here looked in to this? What are your thoughts?


One can buy a B+ for

http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/products/8111284/?grossPrice=Y&cm_mmc=UK-PLA-_-google-_-Events+%26+Marketing-_-Offers+%26+Deals&mkwid=sYWkUwGMP_dc|pcrid|64171305003|pkw||pmt||prd |8111284&gclid=CJXQprP8sMkCFVFuGwodJasEyw

Much better:)

sto
2015-11-27, 09:42
Lots of people use As and Bs as players, so it has enough power.
Add the gpio header, plug in a DAC and you can have the equivalent of the receiver.
With SD card, wifi dongle, power supply and a case you would still have change out of 50

Or you can buy a second hand receiver for 40 and be done with it :-P

On the other hand I was thinking about getting a Pi Zero and putting it inside my Yamaha receiver. Connected to hdmi means it could use the Yamaha's DAC.
Could be very neat...

KleinKipje
2015-12-03, 06:46
You can a usb-hub-wireless dongle - usb soundcard and a powersuply for under $15,-

You can have a fully functional player for under 30$.

That's the same price as a Pi2. Why wouldn't you ?

poing
2015-12-03, 13:25
The Zero makes perfect sense as a player in certain configurations. Especially if the player is hooked up to an AVR, the Zero makes a lot of sense. It's tiny and cost-effective.



The nuisance is the networking - micro-usb to usb adapter + wifi dongle is the sensible option, but that won't be terribly pretty.
I don't think this is that much of a problem. Small adapters of all kind (including right-angled ones and such) are already out there. And I'm sure soon, the Raspi shops will carry even more suitable ones.

The Zero isn't a sensible choice for a server, though. With required extras such as USB hub, adapter cables etc. you lose both the cost and size advantage.

schmurtz
2016-04-27, 07:51
Done :
http://www.instructables.com/id/Multiroom-Client-With-Raspberry-Pi-ZERO-and-PHAT-D/?ALLSTEPS