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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.
  16. I forgot to answer your second question - Yes in the picture the bottom plug (the one closest to the front of the case) is the clean side. If you look at the circuit board, it is labeled "Clean Power."
  17. Yes, both power supplies are tied to the same power switch, so they both power up at the same time. I've never had a problem with that. Could it be that Ropieee software is just more forgiving? I don't know, but no problems.
  18. Here's the entire parts list for my build. I included the exact descriptions to make it easier to search for it. Item Source CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 B+ (B Plus) Amazon Full aluminum power amplifier enclosure WA57 chassis/AMP box 227*225*92mm Ebay Allo Signature Board Chicago Electronic Distributors Philmore DC Coaxial Plug No. 250 2.5mm(ID) X 5.5mm(OD) (qty 2)
  19. I think Roon is in a whole different class than Volumio or Foobar. It provides so much more than just playing music files. However, I have been playing around with Volumio and it makes a great little file based music server for next to nothing in cost. Their is so much to Roon, you'll really have to read up on it. It truly makes for a "whole house" music system. I'll never go back to not using Roon - really takes the whole music listening experience up a level.
  20. The two power supplies are Twisted Pear Audio Centaur models with their 9v/9v toroidal transformers. Provides galvanic isolation between the two power inputs as well as the incoming power. And the large inout and output capacitors provide plenty of ripple smoothing "purification." (http://www.twistedpearaudio.com/power/centaur.aspx). You have to assemble them yourself, but it only takes about twenty minutes if you know how to solder. I used an EMI filter from Amazon on the incoming power. I posted a pic below. The Amazon listing for this one doesn't exist any more, but I am sure you can find
  21. Power locations circled in RED. You should not have to hook power up to ANY other connector on any board, especially the Pi.
  22. Hi quanghuy147: Roon is a music server system from Roonlabs. Its definitely not free, but there is a trial version. Ropieee is free but is not a standalone music player - it is an "endpoint" for Roon.
  23. Wow, looks complex. Have you compared Gentoo against Ropieee? I run Roon as well. Looks like a fairly steep learning curve to try Gentoo. Not that I am against it, just not sure it would be worth the effort. Metrum Acoustics is using a modified version of Ropiee for their Ambre, so I figured it should be an optimal player for the Pi/Signature setup.
  24. I am guessing that in your second setup that Volumio is running on the Raspberry Pi? Looks like you've taken your laptop's USB completely out of that setup and that's probably why it sounds so much better. Laptop USB directly to the Yggy probably has tons of jitter in the signal. The Signature cleans all that up before sending it out SPDIF. I run Roon on my network over to the Pi/Signature setup (running Riopeee) that runs into my Yggy. I get the clicks when the bitrate changes or when I pause or stop the music stream. Normal operation for the Yggy.
  25. What was the source of the USB signal? And did you feed the Signature's SPDIF into the same Yggdrasil? Was the source material from both coming from the same device running Volumio? Just trying to understand what you are comparing here.....
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