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Re: Multiroom Audio System

Sat Feb 04, 2012 11:50 pm

Well here's what I have ended up doing:
Spun up a VM on my ESX server and installed Ubuntu Server 10.04 x64 base install and updates.
Installed Logitech Media Server using repository instructions
Installed Voyage Linux on a spare laptop and compiled Squeezeslave from source ... structions

Installed Voyage Linux on CF Card and setup Alix hardware
for use with X (alix3d3/alix1d):
changes in "/etc/inittab":
comment "T0:23:respawn:/sbin/getty –L ttyS0"
uncomment "#1:2345:respawn:/sbin/getty –L tty1"

changes in "/boot/grub/menu.lst":
"terminal serial" replace with "terminal console"
"kernel … console=ttyS0" replace with "… console=tty0"
comment "serial --speed=38400"

Copied compiled Squeezeslave from spare laptop to Alix hardware CF card and setup an automated startup daemon script.

Now I am running the Alix Squeezeslave over POE and have some speakers hooked up to the analog audio output.
With this hardware I have the option of adding a display later in case I want to have something shown
as well as adding a high quality USB DAC at a later date.

And the materials:
$130.60 Shipped ALIX 3d3 ... uct_id=111
$11.85 Shipped 18V DC Adapter
$15.99 Shipped Sandisk Ultra 4GB CF Card ... 00_details

$3.99 Power Over Ethernet Injector
$12.50 Indoor enclosure for ALIX.3 Boards
$0.98 I/O Bracket for Alix.3D3
$2.75 Shipping

$178.66 Total Cost Now when I can get my hands on a rpi I can significantly reduce the TCO in adding squeezeslaves to my house!

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Re: Multiroom Audio System

Thu Feb 09, 2012 7:59 pm

If you setup Samba on the box, share out the music you need so it can be read by it, and then install MPD pointing to that Samba share you're pretty much done.  They've got more than enough Android/iOS/web-based/ncurses-based clients out there for it, and I've already got a proof of concept doing this at the moment.  Easy Peasy.

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Re: Multiroom Audio System

Tue Apr 17, 2012 1:30 pm

Anyone that already tested out Squeezeslave / Squeezeplay / on the RasPi?

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Re: Multiroom Audio System

Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:35 pm

Your points about squezebox and the quality on the builtin audio output are very interesting.

I"ve started a similar project on the wiki.
Here is the briefing:
The idea is to create a wireless speaker. Being able to get audio from smartphones or computers. Protocols like DLNA, Airplay and A2DP could be supported. An advanced option could be to use pulse audio libraries from linux to synchronize music on multiple raspis. The speakers attached to the raspberry pi could be a commercial ones or your HiFi but we are also thinking about some DIY solutions. For instance one could install the raspi and the speakers on the ceiling of multiple rooms.

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