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  1. I am using Volumio, but only as a Roon end point. For that, it works fine. Regarding my "a step backwards" comment - I meant from Roon to Volumio being a step backward, which it would be. However, the SHD works just fine under Roon. IIRC, the Volumio control app on the browser works fine on an iphone or tablet - it is browser based. I would not buy an SHD primarily for the streamer function - there are plenty of better options out there for that money.
  2. I think Nikolay_V is simply stating that he has identified the streamer board to be the NanoPi NEO2, at least based on appearance. it sure looks to be identical. I question the relative merits of purchasing the device with an integrated streamer and Volumio when I already have invested quite a bit in an analog powered pi/DigiOne Streamer using RopieeeXL (for Roon.) Having used Voluimio before, I see it as a potential step backwards. The DDRC-22D may be the best answer for those who are satisfied with their streamer hardware.
  3. I'm guessing the Gustard is adding something to the sound signature that you like. Could be distortion, could be causing a higher input signal level (it doesn't matter if it sounds better to you - that's what is important.) Sometimes a cleaner signal comes across as sounding thinner (primarily because lower frequencies aren't boosted.)
  4. So you convert the USB signal from the USBridge to coax SPDIF by using the Gustard U12?
  5. I have found RopieeeXL to be the best sounding and easiest to use. Set up the oversampling options in Roon. (I am assuming you are using Roon.) Outside of Roon, I have tried Volumio and Moode and preferred Volumio, but they just sounded slightly "different" from each other - not necessarily one better or worse.
  6. Yes, it will output signal on both connectors simultaneously.
  7. If I remember correctly, the Pi will flash the red LED.
  8. Where are the music files located? On the laptop's hard drive or elsewhere?
  9. A common Ethernet crossover cable would probably do the trick. It just reverses the TX and RX lines, eliminating the need for a switch.
  10. On my Mac mini, I went to the Energy Savings Settings and changed the "Computer Sleep" to never. That solved the standby issue. Is your iMac the version with the integrated monitor? You could set the monitor to sleep immediately since you don't need it when running as Roon core. I think it would work just fine as a Roon core.
  11. If you want to take your MacBook out of the loop, completely, you'd have to provide a new device to run Roon Core. If you just want to move your music files, you could load them onto a NAS device and attach that to your network - as long as the computer running Roon core can see the files, it should work fine. It doesn't take anything fancy to do this. I have my music files on a very old Netgear ReadyNAS unit and run the core on a dedicated 2011 model Mac Mini. I control Roon with my macbook or iphone.
  12. You mention the DigiOne and your amp, but you do not mention what DAC you are using between the two - so what are you connecting to the DigiOne? And what is your amp?
  13. Congratulations! Looks great! What's that breakout board on top the Pi?
  14. I think it depends on the version of the board. On the 3B+, it is supposed to stay lit. If if goes out, it supposedly means the voltage has dropped below the minimum 4.63v threshold. Do you have USB devices connected to the Pi?
  15. You should have one green LED on the middle board that is lit from the moment it gets power and also a green and red LED on the Pi. The red LED on the Pi should be constantly lit, if it is blinking, it is not getting enough power. The green LED on the Pi may blink intermittently, especially when booting. This is for the B+ board.
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