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Volumio - a love/hate relationship 2 weeks 6 days ago #58531

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First (again) kudos to MiniDSP for making my SHD Studio Roon Ready. After I made some tweaks to Volumio and the underlying OS, Roon sounds just as good via the internal streamer as via a RPi4 connected via USB (running DietPi, Roon Bridge, and SqueezeLite/LMS). Having the ability to use a remote to control Roon is a very nice bonus. Btw personally I prefer SqueezeLite for sound quality, but that is another, subjective, topic.

Looking at how Roon was implemented, it seems to work not so much because of Volumio but more despite of (running at realtime CPU priority to avoid clicks/pops, it seems). More importantly - at least for me - if I run Roon all other features of Volumio kind of become redundant.

Hence my question: could MiniDSP provide 2 options to their users? 1. Volumio (soon to be upgraded to V3) for those who need a full-fletched media player, and 2. a light weight Debian/Ubuntu OS with only Roon Bridge (and preferably also SqueezeLite).

Clearly, I have tried to do this myself. The official Ubuntu image from FriendlyElec (the manufacturer of the NanoPi Neo2/3 board that runs Volumio) can be installed. It sounds very nice with 16 bit 44.1 Khz files (actually better than Volumio). But the sound driver compiled into the kernel does not support high-res audio. So a light weight image from MiniDSP would be highly appreciated. Or...the instructions (how to enable I2S header and pcm5102a sound device) to get things running on DietPi for the NEO2 ;-)

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