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.


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.



Allo BOSS I2S DAC V 1.2 $65



  • BOSS 1.2 is a Master DAC compatible only with RPI 2 and 3
  • Compatible with OSMC / Max2Play / RuneAudio / Volumio / Moode / PiCorePlayer / PiMusicBox / OpenELEC and others + Roon Ready
  • Dedicated 384 kHz/32bit high-quality DAC PCM5122 for best sound quality
  • Audio output connectors: 2 x RCA (Left & Right ) & Allo Volt Amp header
  • HAT size
  • Sampling Frequency ranges from 8 kHz to 384 kHz
  • Ultra-low-noise voltage regulators & LPF for optimal audio performance
  • Integrated EEPROM for automatic configuration (with write-protection)
  • Automatically switching frequencies according to the input I2S signals


What kind of performance can we expect for $65?

Amir measured this DAC.



Not into DIY? At 169,- they put it in a box for you.



  • A 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core ARMv8 CPU
  • 802.11n Wireless LAN
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4 USB ports
  • Ethernet 10/100



SD Card


  • 8GB SD pre-flashed or add-on eMMC 16GB
  • DietPi, Max2Play license or latest Volumio image will be provided


  • Black Aluminum or Clear/Black Acrylic Case
  • Case Dimensions: 105mm x 93mm
Added 2018



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




Added 2018

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.


Raspberry Pi

BeagleBone Black

SolidRun CuBox


Added 2016


Max2Play is an Operating System.

It allows for simple and comfortable control and configuration of single board computers like the Raspberry Pi directly via any local internet browser (using laptop, PC or smartphone).

This makes the connection of a mouse, keyboard or screen obsolete.


Added 2022
Raspberry Pi 3 as USB Audio Streamer (with recommended CRAAP config & TIDAL/MQA arrives) - Archimago's Musings