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  1. #1
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    Raspberry Pi Newbie Questions

    Hi,
    I'm a long time squeezebox user but have never toyed with any Raspberry Pi kit. I have a project in mind where I want to create a squeezebox radio type of player and I think the RPi might be suitable. I have a few questions, I wonder if you guys would be able to point me in the right direction...

    - can the Rpi support simple two line type OLED displays?
    - can rotary controls and buttons be supported?
    - ideally I'd like to replicate the SB classic type of display, so I would use the rotary controls to navigate the menus and push to select the options
    - ideally no buttons, but I might need them to navigate backwards etc, depends what the rotary push selectors can do.
    - has anyone implemented this type of interface already?
    - is the IR integrated?
    - can PCP connect to mysqueezebox?
    - Can I add an amp board to RPi
    - can I run PCP and LMS all on one RPi, and have all my music on the same SD card?
    - Finally, how easy is it to do this, I'm more than able with a soldering iron, but do I need to be able to program/modify code as well?

    Sorry so many questions, hopefully someone will be kind enough to point me in the right direction.

    Thanks

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    Can I add an amp board to RPi
    yes, many, plug and play

    - can I run PCP and LMS all on one RPi, and have all my music on the same SD card?
    Yes and Yes. Or put music on attached USB drive.

    - Finally, how easy is it to do this, I'm more than able with a soldering iron, but do I need to be able to program/modify code as well?
    Super easy with piCorePlayer. Plug and play and no coding.
    https://www.picoreplayer.org/
    https://forums.slimdevices.com/showt...rePlayer-6-0-0
    Home: VBA 4TB (2.5) or rPi4B/pCP6.0/4TB>LMS 7.9.3>Transporter, Touch, Boom, Radio (all ethernet)
    Cottage: VBA 3TB (2.4) or rPi4B/pCP6.0/4TB>LMS 7.9.1>Touch>Benchmark DAC I, Boom, Radio w/Battery (ethernet, Radio WIFI)
    Office: Win10(64)>LMS 7.9.3>Squeezelite
    The Wild: rPi3B+/pCP4.0, hifiberry Dac+Pro, 4TB USB (LMS & Squeezelite)
    Controllers: iPhone11 & iPadAir2 (iPeng), CONTROLLER, or SqueezePlay 7.8 on Win10(64)
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    Hi,
    taking into account your goal maybe it is worth considering the SqueezeAMP vs the Raspi
    https://forums.slimdevices.com/showt...ifier-receiver

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    Quote Originally Posted by waldo View Post
    Hi,
    taking into account your goal maybe it is worth considering the SqueezeAMP vs the Raspi
    https://forums.slimdevices.com/showt...ifier-receiver
    Apart from this bit
    - can I run PCP and LMS all on one RPi, and have all my music on the same SD card?
    SqueezeAMP is a great player (with amp built in) but is not LMS server or music store.
    Paul Webster
    http://dabdig.blogspot.com
    Author of "Now Playing" plugins covering Radio France (FIP etc), KCRW, Supla Finland, ABC Australia, CBC/Radio-Canada and RTE Ireland

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Webster View Post
    Apart from this bit

    SqueezeAMP is a great player (with amp built in) but is not LMS server or music store.
    Hi Paul/Waldo,
    Yes that's where I started and have been talking to Phillipe. My plan was to use Squeezeamp and possibly in the future put an RPi LMS in the box as well.

    The bit I couldn't quite get clear in my head with the Squeezeamp solution is does it support rotary controls easily. What I mean by that is ideally I would just like to have two rotary controls (up/down and push) and vol up/down and push, and then navigate all the menus, SB3 classic style via an OLED display with just those controls, so pushing the vol would give a back function.

    Is that possible with squeezeamp, is it complex, do I need to modify code etc to get that functionality?

    Thanks,
    Steve

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