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  1. Short answer is "yes". Longer answer is that a lot of these solutions others are giving you _could_ work without "internet" you're probably still going to run into problems. Before you even get into solving your music request the network needs to be functional and stable without it being connected to the internet. For example, most devices get their address from a DHCP server. This is pre-configured on most consumer routers. You generally never have to think about it. You buy a router, you plug in into the Internet, it boots, it verifies the Internet is there, and it starts handing out addresses using its internal DHCP server to all your devices. Some of these devices won't hand out an address if the Internet never shows up. Then you have to figure out name resolution (maybe). Doable without the Internet absolutely. You can even statically configure addresses on everything and there is no need for DHCP. But, both require at least a basic understanding of how IP addressing works. That's a long paragraph basically saying there is a lot to get working before you are at the point you're listening to music. If you have a Mac OSX makes it easy though and it's only a few steps to get an Ad Hoc network running. Look for "how to set up an ad-hoc wifi network on mac". The Delora link looks pretty good to me. This will get your Apple devices talking and most, not all, of your other wifi devices. Some wireless devices will not connect to an adhoc network. Once you've got your apple devices connected I'd stick the HDD on the Mac, plug the Mac into a DAC (USB or optical depending on year of mac), plug the DAC into your stereo, and use Audirvana and the Audirvana remote app on the iPad. Audirvana needs access to the Internet sometimes so it can refresh it's own license so just be aware of that. If you truly have no Internet then you can probably use iTunes and iTunes remote. However, I've not tried the latest version authenticating through anything other than Apple Share which would require access to the Internet at least once. I, personally, like the Lumin idea others are proposing but that requires a functional wifi network (it may work with an ad hoc network but I cannot identify yes or no specifically). You'd need to find a router that will serve DHCP and be functional without its "WAN" port active. Most do but not all. Certainly test somewhere where you have Internet access before hauling the package up to the cabin. Otherwise the Mac ad hoc network and plugging the HDD into the mac + DAC may be the more straightforward option. Good luck.
  2. Came here to update an old post of mine and saw your issue. The I2S sync error you're getting is the same issue I got when I wasn't supplying enough power to the clean side. Long detailed write-up here. It may be worth going through the troubleshooting steps I outlined in the post just to make sure you've got enough power to the clean side.
  3. Another update. I got annoyed with the Anker and have replaced it. My new "clean power" set-up is as follows: I'm using a Voltaic Systems V15 Battery Pack. This pack has a true "Always On" mode that will actually stay on all the way to draining its own batteries without anything attached. You can listen for as long as the battery is charged and the pack never turns itself off. I've paired the pack with a Voltaic solar panel which hangs in a nearby window. This means the battery is always charged when I want to sit down and listen. This set-up has been working well for over a month now and I've not had to touch it since setting it up.
  4. On a "technical" level there is nothing stopping a Pi DAC from full MQA decode. But, MQA is licensed and there are fees associated with that licensing which must be paid to MQA. Someone would need to release the Pi as a MQA DAC running specific software that holds that license. Maybe this could be done via a HAT. Now I'm wondering into technical areas I don't fully understand. But, being MQA is certainly not an "open" standard at all, I would _not_ expect someone to go through the trouble of licensing MQA in a way that would let you build a Pi on your own. Someone may use a Pi as the core of their DAC but I suspect it would be a complete product (which kind of takes the fun and low cost out of the reason you want a Pi). As far as available smartphones it appears there is really only 1. The other listed on the MQA site is actually an adapter for the Essential phone so you'd need to keep the adapter plugged in at all time. That, to me is no better than... the other way to get MQA on your phone is with compatible portable DAC like the Dragonfly. https://www.mqa.co.uk/customer/our-partners
  5. Not possible. Full decode / unfold of MQA requires an MQA licensed / partnered and certified DAC. Software can do the first unfold which gives you "better" than redbook (CD) but that's it. The extra bits of MQA'ness can only be resolved with a MQA DAC.
  6. Quick update. I've now had plenty of long sessions using the Anker PowerCore Lite 10000mAh power bank and it's not ideal. Even in trickle charge mode it shuts off somewhere near ~2.5 hours. I'm usually not sitting for a full 2.5 hours so now when I get up to grab another "drink" I'll just reset the trickle charge timer and all is good. However, that's not ideal. I've not spent much time looking for a different solution but I will eventually replace the Anker for something that will truly stay on. Maybe something that will charge via solar as there is a window near enough my Allo I could keep the bank charged that way.
  7. I had exact same errors... Please read my, admittedly lengthy, post here and _please_ try swapping your clean side power. This sounds very much like what I ran into. I suspect you're having the same issue. Swapping clean side power will take you less time to test than reading my post.
  8. I'm a big fan of putting Core in a closest somewhere and keep your digital transport options open and on a separate budget. The Core in such a configuration should not impact sound quality. For that reason.. I'd save a few pennies and buy a NUC or other PC build, install ROCK on it, stick it in a closet, and use the savings for a very good Roon Ready transport near your DAC.
  9. I recently replaced a MBP -> USB -> DAC with an Allo Digione Signature -> Coax -> DAC. This change did positively impact exactly what you're describing. The digital transport does make a difference and removing a "good" transport, your BDP-2, for the laptop is getting you the expected results. I'd focus back on removing the laptop from being directly connected to the DAC since you've proven it is not a great transport. The DSJ can be fed directly over the network using various methods. It may very well be worth trying that. Remove the laptop from near the equipment. I'm assuming you've got your music directly plugged into the laptop via 1 or more HDDs? You can install Roon, UPnP controller, etc. (I don't know all the formats the Bridge supports) directly onto the laptop and then feed the audio over the network to the DSJr. Since this will cost you nothing but time I'd start there. Trying the USB from laptop to DSJr is certainly worth testing as well but, again, I think you're going to be unhappy simply because the laptop is a poor digital transport and your system is good enough to reveal that.
  10. If someone really cared about the environment they would just work to have the studios release the PCM or DSD. They would _not_ work to push a lossy format that required the world to continue tracking and keeping multiple formats of the same content because something better is out there. And, no, I didn't read the blog. Already done with MQA. Really actually tired of hearing about it and it dominating a ton of forums. We have better things to discuss (and listen to). Maybe Mr. Stuart can take his technology to the audiobook world. That sound quality of audiobooks is lacking and we really could benefit from Audible releasing "Master Quality Audiobooks". Not to mention it would give Amazon a reason to release new Kindles.
  11. Tidal does not have any kind of audio redirection (example is Spotify Connect) so you need to find a way to redirect audio at the host level. There are a number of ways to do this that are supported by the Pi (Airplay and Android Cast are two). You can also set-up a UPnP server.. looks like this is a good article: https://www.hifizine.com/2016/06/how-to-stream-tidal-to-the-raspberry-pi/ The problem is every device you want to run Tidal on _may_ require a different way to redirect audio to the Pi. Roon really is your answer here as others have already pointed out. It may also be the only way to guarantee a bit-perfect way of getting the audio to your Pi from _all_ your devices. Roon does have a trial period and it is well worth doing some research and preparing for how you'd trial the software. Then spend some time with it. You may, like a lot of people, find the cost well worth it. Happy listening.
  12. Missing some info to provide specific answers but I did write-up my own "no sound" issue here: In summary: My issue was a power issue on the clean side. What error message are you getting? With regard to connecting to the samba share.... Unless Allo has set this up on their image I don't believe DietPi sets up a share by default. Would require logging into the system via SSH and installing Samba. Directions for that are scattered around the DietPi website. If Samba is already installed it appears the default user/pass is dietpi/dietpi and changing these defaults is outlined here: https://dietpi.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=5&start=10#p56
  13. As you've already discovered you're going to be trading elegant and simple for $'s. I'm not entirely sure there is a great way around that. However, one step at a time will get you familiar with digital audio and you may, in the end, find you can get an amazing system with a little work... My personal journey.. 1) I ripped all my CDs in ALAC (Apple Lossless) using iTunes and put them on a network drive. You can use a ~$100 USB drive off Amazon. This is probably the most time consuming and frustrating bit of my entire journey. It may be worth doing some research into ripping CDs so you don't end up doing it twice. 2) I then bought a mini-toslink to toslink cable. At the time Apple still provided a digital out using the headphone jack. This became my source and it was plugged into my AVR. Yes, there are DACs in your AVR or AV-pre and they can sometimes be very good. I played music from iTunes primarily selecting songs via the Apple Remote and iTunes sharing or whatever they called it back then / now. At this point it sounded ho-hum.. certainly _not_ as good as my Rega CD player. I was playing CDs when I wanted better quality and using iTunes when I wanted the easy of selecting music directly from the iPad. This whole set-up cost me a whopping $10 for the toslink cable. 3) My next upgrade was to get Audirvana+ on the Mac. Made a massive difference. Cost was minimal. You'll find some really excellent players on both Mac and PC. It will quickly convince iTunes is a horrible sounding product. Cost? ~$30 to $100? Whatever the hi-end music players are going for these days. The ones you'll see mentioned here are Audirvana+, Amarra, (others, I lose track) for Mac and you'll find JRiver, HQ Player, foobar, (again, I lose track of what is popular). Others can fill in the blank. The primary reason these all sound better than the music player already on your machine (iTunes for example) is this software takes exclusive control over the audio system and can do some system level optimizations which gives you the better sound quality. Now, I was still not as good as my CD player but I was getting really close. 4) I bought a Schiit DAC. The particular configuration of DAC I bought was ~$800. It was at this point I actually plugged my Rega into the Schiit DAC because it was better than the DAC in my CD player. My stored music files Audirvana+ -> Schiit DAC sounded better than the plastic disc in the Rega. So, as you can see the path to "digital", and which gets you better than CD quality, does not have to cost much. This initial set-up (it really depends on which DAC you start with) may not get you anywhere near as good as the Aurender / Ayre combo you heard but your cost investment to see how close you can get may be worth your time. Additionally, it will be an investment in understanding the benefits of a complete solution like Aurender Conductor / BlueOS or roll your own by using Audirvana+, JRiver, or even Roon. Also, don't forget to enjoy the music.
  14. It can be used for both. I have an excessively large UPS in my closet which can stay up for ~90 minutes with the load I currently have on it. The UPS at my desk is about ~8 min. At my desk I power everything down within 3 minutes but my server / network gear I'll let go for at least an hour in the hope that the power company can get over to the fault before my batteries run out. If you don't have a display on your UPS then there are calculations to determine the run time. The inputs require knowing a bunch of info which is easier to look-up worst case scenario (max wattage draw) but not as easy, would require a meter, to get actual wattage of your gear plus the AH rating of the UPS. You're doing the safe thing by shutting things off before the UPS runs out. Also, the lead acid batteries in the UPS don't really like to run completely down so best to get the UPS turned off before that occurs. Some UPS have network or serial ports where they can report their status. Gear that can use this status will then trigger a controlled shutdown as the UPS gets low on power. That requires support of both the UPS and software on the device plus set-up. Nothing will detect and shut itself down by monitoring the AC voltage. The UPS will shut itself down well before the AC voltage drops to a "I'm in trouble" level. Basically, the UPS should be outputting 110v (220v or whatever in your country) right up until the point the batteries in the UPS drop to a voltage the UPS is no longer able to invert DC to AC at the load being demanded by the connected equipment. At which point the UPS just shuts down.
  15. I switched to Roon and my D1Sig is running RoPieee. It would take some work to reconfigure everything to use Audirvana -> D1Sig at this point but, since I never thought of running it that way until you mentioned it, I think it's worth a listen. When I free up some time in the next few months I'll add it as a project and let you know how it goes. As a side note... I've never had my music stored locally to the player. It's always been stored on a network share and/or I've just streamed from Tidal/Qobuz. This allowed for a fairly quick transition to Roon. It should allow me to get Audirvana working again fairly quickly but I'd have to build a DietPi image on the D1Sig and that's the time I don't have right now.
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