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  1. TBH, I'm one of those guys that thinks that you should store the music where it is more practical for you, and this is not too relevant for the SQ if the player can access it in the proper way. In my case my "NAS" is a standalone raspberry with a 2Tb USB Drive attached. The USB drive contains my local music library and it is shared (r/w mode) using Samba so I can access it from anywhere in the LAN. On the same raspberry I run Logitech Media Server (LMS). My players/renderers are separate devices, in my case one (raspberry) is attached to the main rig and another one is used for headphone listening in my bedroom. For me, the key point to better SQ is the separation between the server and the player(s). As I mentioned in my previous post, I have been using Moode for years, and I'm still using it. In fact all my raspberries, including the "NAS" one I mentioned above, do have have Moode installed. You can think of Moode as a "Raspbian" extended with a number of pre-installed services optimised for Audio (Alsa, Samba, MPD, AirPlay, Bluetooth, Squeezelite...). In the past couple of months, I came back to using more and more squeezelite: the sound signature is very good, and the usability is top. As I tried to explain in my previous post, I find it extremely satisfying to have one single interface for ALL my music, either local or (almost) any streaming service.
  2. I have been using Moode for many years now. As of late, after the issues with Qobuz streaming, I'm back using more and more the Squeezelite Renderer in Moode. For the server part, I use Logitech Media Server (LMS) installed on another raspberry on my LAN. As a control point, to select and play music, I heartily recommend this free, simple but effective skin for LMS called "LMS Material", which can be installed directly in the list of LMS plugins. In this way you have a simple and very easy to use unique interface for all your local music and streaming sources such as Spotify, Tidal. Qobuz, Deezer, Bandcamp... If you are using Squeezelite, this applies directly to the USBridge Signature as well. I have "pinned" my preferred Apps in the home screen, so that I really have everything at my fingertips! Please see below a few screenshots of the desktop interface (but it is responsive and scales down automatically on smartphone): Homepage Qobuz New Releases Tidal Moods Spotify Artists Dezeer Genres Bandcamp My Music Albums Now Playing
  3. According to what posted here Allo team /cdsgames) mentioned on diyaudio forum that there would be very little difference (aka advantage) in running a DigiOne signature with USBridge vs running it with a standard raspberry. On the other hand it would be certainly nice to have both a UBS optimised and a Coaxial optimised output signal in the same device...
  4. Another option to buy the Khadas already assembled in a case is from NordAcoustics https://www.nordacoustics.co.uk/product-page/nord-easy-dac-usb Price is 165 GBP or about 200 US$ at today exchange rates (shipping varies based on destination)
  5. @One and a half Since I see you like to experiment, in the "low price very good sound" group of DACs, I would recommend looking at the Khadas Tone Board, discussed in this thread.
  6. It was linked in post 1 but maybe not that visible, therefore thanks!
  7. plug: NO, the 40 pin header is for Khadas own SBS, NOT for the raspberry. I use the Khadas with the raspberry on USB port. I confirmed this works with AudiooLinux and Moode. I expect it will work with PicorePlayer too.
  8. Since I typically use the Khadas while I'm "on the go", I usually connect my Headphones directly to the RCA output, but an HP amp could be used...
  9. Yes it is a raspberry pi, and the headphones are HiFiMan 400i. For the "case", I guess you could also buy this one ...😀 https://www.sonore.us/toneDAC.html I cannot tell for sure, I'm sort of guessing, but the name clearly hints of what is the DAC inside.
  10. Hi Jud, the Khadas Tone Board can be used immediately as a USB Dac, powered by the USB itself. In the box you get a USB-A to USB-C for the USB connection. The Kahdas also has a Coax entry. To use it you have to power the board, either through the USB -C plug or through its PIN header . I guess it is called a "development" board maybe because you can use it also with the SBCs produced by Khadas, called VIM. The Khadas "Vim" edition is called that way simply because it has the pin connectors to use it with the VIMs SBCs already soldered to it. The generic edition (the one I have bought) is used "standalone" as you can see from these two pictures of my "headphone travel system" on the minuscule bedside table of the hotel I was a couple of weeks ago... I bought a case for the board from Audiophinics, but I haven't received it yet https://www.audiophonics.fr/en/aluminium-boxes-cases/aluminum-case-for-khadas-tone-board-p-13626.html
  11. My bad explanation.. I still have it and using it almost daily. it is my travel companion used with a raspberry pi running Moode Audio, which I bring with me in my work travels every week.
  12. I have had it for about a month and I'm very happy about the results I'm getting. I do not have uber expensive stuff, but I tend to talk and recommend only stuff that I have owned or at least used. It remains my very subjective opinion...but in this case, somebody also took some measures as I mentioned
  13. I just posted the same info in response to the thread Suggestions for a low-cost DAC. After doing some search on the forum I realized that, despite having been mentioned here and there since Dember 2018, this un-assuming small card/DAC does not have a thread of its own, which I'm now starting. In fact, I think that my recommendation stands even when you remove the "low cost" terms and it becomes a strong recommendation for a low-cost DAC but with very high quality for the cost. The Khadas Tone Board (99$) measures as DACs costing multiple time its cost, as you can read here. I have had it for about a month and I'm very happy about the sound I'm getting. The sound is clear, detailed and airy, with an unbelievable sense of rhythm. It decodes all PCM resolutions up to 384 kHz and DSD up to DSD256, no MQA More info here: https://www.khadas.com/tone https://www.khadas.com/tone-specs
  14. If you go for it, please report your impression. I was much pleasantly surprised by its sound.
  15. I'm surprised this has not been mentioned yet in this thread, where it definitely belongs! My strong recommendation for a low-cost DAC but very high quality for the cost would be the 99$ Khadas Tone Board https://www.khadas.com/tone https://www.khadas.com/tone-specs It measures as DACs costing multiple time its cost, as you can see here. The sound is clear, detailed and airy, with an unbelievable sense of rhythm. It decodes all PCM resolutions up to 384 Khz and DSD up to DSD256, no MQA
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