Raspberry Pi & Co

If your smart phone can do things like Internet, video, etc it is because it is a very powerful miniature computer.
Let’s use this platform to build a Music Server.
The most popular is probably the Raspberry Pi.

HATS

A HAT (Hardware Attached on Top) is a card you put on top of a Pi.
It slides onto the 40 pin connector. No soldering needed!.
At boot time the HT is recognized and configured by the Pi.

Raspberry Pi € 33,49

 

Add a 24/192 capable Wolfson DAC € 38,95

Add a box € 24,95

There you have your 100,- music server.

HiFIBerry

 

SPDIF card with transformer coupled output providing full galvanic isolation. €34.90

 

HIFIBERRY DAC+ PRO XLR €49.90

 

Added 2018

DDDAC 1794 € 209,00

 

NOS DAC (PCM1794)

 

Some believe sound quality improves if you paralleling them.

 

12-deks DDDAC1794 NOS

Added 2018

Dion Audio

Dion Audio

DAC + Class D amp.

 

Added 2016

COLLYBIA – MAMBOBERRY LS DAC+ €89.90

Added 2016

CuBox $ 99

A 2" box running Linux or Android. Runs XBMC.

  • 800 MHz dual issue ARM PJ4 processor, VFPv3, wmmx SIMD and 512KB L2 cache.
  • 1080p Video Decode Engine
  • OpenGL|ES 2.0 graphic engine
  • HDMI 1080p Output (with CEC function)
  • 1GByte DDR3 at 800MHz
  • Gigabit Ethernet, SPDIF (optical audio), eSata 3Gbps, 2xUSB 2.0, micro-SD, micro-USB (console)
  • Standard Infra-red receiver for 38KHz based IR controllers.

If you are not fluent in Linux, you can buy a off the shelve product like the Sonore Orbiter

Added 2016

Allo USBBridge $189

Sparky computer with high quality USB audio out.

 

Added 2017

One DAP (Digital Audio Player) for all your music: MP3, FLAC, WAV, AAC, ALAC, DSD and much more. Plus, you’ll get UPNP\DLNA, Airplay, Spotify and Web-Radios all in one place.

 

Open Source media player.

Debian/MPD based with DLNA and Airplay.

Platforms:

Raspberry Pi

BeagleBone Black

SolidRun CuBox

UDOO

Added 2016
References
Raspberry Pi 3 as USB Audio Streamer (with recommended CRAAP config & TIDAL/MQA arrives) - Archimago's Musings