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