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Custom enclosure/s for RaspberryPi4, BOSS DAC, Volt Plus D


mrdrew

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Curious if anyone has hacked these boards into better boxes. The clear acrylic stuff, for me, has a low WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor). There are a few blinky lights on the RaspberryPi, oddly shaped box, and there's about to be two of them.

 

I love Allo's attention to audio quality. I haven't looked too closely at the Allo stuff, but I'm no soldering slouch. Doing some de-soldering, and re-soldering would give me some flexibility to put the connectors, switches, and lights on the exterior of the new enclosure.

 

With a larger box, I could even jam the wall-warts into the enclosure, and run a single power cable and hook it up in parallel in the box.

 

Course I don't want to destroy anything either.

 

I'm liking the etsy option below the best so far.

 

1. Volt Plus D

2. BOSS DAC

3. RaspberryPi 3b

 

 

 

$195 ghent audio, from China

https://www.ghentaudio.com/kit/ncore-nc502mp.html

 

$44 Raspberry Pi 4B Desktop Computer Case

https://www.etsy.com/listing/890956138/raspberry-pi-4b-desktop-computer-case?gpla=1&gao=1&

 

$25 Pi Juice, from UK

https://www.ebay.com/i/223949887879?chn=ps&mkevt=1&mkcid=28

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I have a nice aluminum one similar to the Aragon. I don't see any reason not to put in a different box if you think you can handle it. One note: the Pi4 especially runs hot. Have to be sure it has enough cooling - either passive or active. 

Main listening (small home office):

Main setup: Surge protector +_iFi  AC iPurifiers >Isol-8 Mini sub Axis Power Conditioning+Isolation>QuietPC Low Noise Server>Roon (Audiolense DRC)>Stack Audio Link II>Kii Control>Kii Three >GIK Room Treatments.

Secondary Path: Server with Audiolense RC>RPi4 or analog>Cayin iDAC6 MKII (tube mode) (XLR)>Kii Three .

Bedroom: SBTouch to Cambridge Soundworks Desktop Setup.
Living Room/Kitchen: Ropieee (RPi3b+ with touchscreen) + Schiit Modi3E to a pair of Morel Hogtalare. 

All absolute statements about audio are false :)

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I was thinking of putting my Allo Volt+d in one of the two cases shown below.  I could go with the black or silver motif.  Both cases are about $25, but the walnut end pieces increase the price by about $40.  I

 

Both cases are available from Hammond Mfring. https://www.hammfg.com/electronics/small-case 

 

I must say that I like the notion of a RPi4 with Volumio (using a case), Topping E30 DAC, and the Allo Volt+d.  I am using this setup currently with a Cambridge Audio CXA-60 with 40 year old Celestion Ditton 33 speakers.  Sounds great!

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I like where you're at @JPW

I forgot about those enclosures at Hammond. Excellent option. I have some pretty hardwood laying around I could slap some ends on there myself. 

 

There are parts called surface mount RCA, ah chassis mount. I'll probably use stuff like that to hack the boards into a larger prettier chassis. 

 

https://www.parts-express.com/parts-express-chassis-mount-rca-jack-pair--091-1120

 

I'll update this thread in a few months! 

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