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Mark Miksis
2013-04-17, 14:17
As a non-audiophile, I've been thinking about how I might use Squeezelite with a Pi/Wandboard/etc as a tabletop replacement. Can anyone recommend good quality USB speakers (AC powered) suitable for this purpose? By "good", I mean something similar in size, price and quality to the Audioengine A2 ($200), or slightly better? Assume that all content is 44.1/16 or less.

Or is this the wrong way to think about it and should I just plan on buying good powered speakers and a separate USB DAC in line with my price/performance point?

guidof
2013-04-17, 14:48
As a non-audiophile, I've been thinking about how I might use Squeezelite with a Pi/Wandboard/etc as a tabletop replacement. Can anyone recommend good quality USB speakers (AC powered) suitable for this purpose? By "good", I mean something similar in size, price and quality to the Audioengine A2 ($200), or slightly better? Assume that all content is 44.1/16 or less.

Or is this the wrong way to think about it and should I just plan on buying good powered speakers and a separate USB DAC in line with my price/performance point?

Nothing wrong with the Audioengine A2, unless you can afford the A5.

There is no right or wrong way to think about audio. Only what pleases you (or doesn't).

Best luck!

Guido F.

Mark Miksis
2013-04-17, 15:30
Nothing wrong with the Audioengine A2, unless you can afford the A5.

Oh, I agree. I like them both. My question is whether there is something similar with an integrated USB DAC.

JJZolx
2013-04-17, 16:04
If you don't find anything suitable, an inexpensive USB DAC that has gotten a lot of good reviews is the Schiit Modi (http://schiit.com/cart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=0&products_id=14) for $99.

http://www.head-fi.org/products/schiit-modi

Julf
2013-04-17, 23:28
Or is this the wrong way to think about it and should I just plan on buying good powered speakers and a separate USB DAC in line with my price/performance point?

Going for separates makes it easier to upgrade only the part that becomes obsolete first...

cliveb
2013-04-18, 01:36
As a non-audiophile, I've been thinking about how I might use Squeezelite with a Pi/Wandboard/etc as a tabletop replacement. Can anyone recommend good quality USB speakers (AC powered) suitable for this purpose?
I don't have a speaker recommendation for you, but if you are thinking about running Squeezelite on a Pi, be warned that the Pi's USB implementation is known to have issues that mean it is not compatible with some USB DACs.

I have Squeezelite running on a Pi feeding a cheap Muse USB/SPDIF converter (based on the PCM2704 chip) and this does work, but some people have found that other USB DACs have problems with dropouts. So tread carefully. In hindsight had I known what I know now I would have used a different device (eg. Cubox, Wandboard, etc), even though they are about 3 times the price of a Pi.

Mark Miksis
2013-04-18, 09:19
I don't have a speaker recommendation for you, but if you are thinking about running Squeezelite on a Pi, be warned that the Pi's USB implementation is known to have issues that mean it is not compatible with some USB DACs.

I have Squeezelite running on a Pi feeding a cheap Muse USB/SPDIF converter (based on the PCM2704 chip) and this does work, but some people have found that other USB DACs have problems with dropouts. So tread carefully. In hindsight had I known what I know now I would have used a different device (eg. Cubox, Wandboard, etc), even though they are about 3 times the price of a Pi.

Yes, thanks, I'm aware of that. I've been playing with a Pi and a PCM2704 myself. I'm just wondering whether I can "simplify" a real setup with an integrated USB DAC/AMP/speaker solution. Perhaps not.

cliveb
2013-04-19, 00:24
Yes, thanks, I'm aware of that. I've been playing with a Pi and a PCM2704 myself. I'm just wondering whether I can "simplify" a real setup with an integrated USB DAC/AMP/speaker solution. Perhaps not.
Since you already have a Pi+PCM2704 setup, you also have SPDIF available, so you could consider active nearfield speakers with SPDIF inputs (eg. Behringer MS20, Edirol MA15D, etc)

rpress
2013-04-19, 08:34
Since you already have a Pi+PCM2704 setup, you also have SPDIF available, so you could consider active nearfield speakers with SPDIF inputs (eg. Behringer MS20, Edirol MA15D, etc)

I have the MS20 and I think they are quite nice for the price.