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    where can we buy this stuff for the best price?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ali Tait View Post
    where can we buy this stuff for the best price?
    you can get it on amazon ....I was watching some earlier in my wish list. they do various packages....ebay as well but a lot are the same sellers
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    Hi Ali,

    I got my Pi with 'Ninja' Pibow case and PSU, from here:http://shop.pimoroni.com/collections/raspberry-pi-2

    I believe that the DAC is available direct from IQ-Audio, through Gordon there, or here: http://www.tindie.com/products/IQaud...ac_prod_search

    All the rest you can get from Maplins, then simply download Volumio on your computer and set it all up - job's a good 'un!

    Marco.
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    Modified Technics SL-1210MK5G/Mike New high-precision bearing & baseplate/Mike New ETP platter/Bruil record weight/Nagaoka GL602 crystal T/T mat. Paul Hynes SR7EHD PSU (plus regulator modules)/DCSXL pure-silver DC lead. Ortofon RS-212D tonearm/'Speedy Steve' custom-made Ebony armboard. Yannis Tome 423.5 Phono Silver-Litz tonearm cable, with Furutech CF-DIN(R) and Eichmann silver Bullet Plugs. Cartridges: Denon DL-S1 in AT MG-10 headshell with AT-6106 Quattro Hybrid lead-wire. Denon DL-103C1 in '103U' headshell with AT-609 silver lead-wire. Vintage Denon DL-103AU in AT-Ti15ANV Titanium Headshell. Shure M55E in Denon PCL-300 headshell with 6N silver lead-wire. Shure original USA SC35C. Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 transport/DAC. Raspberry Pi-3 Model B and IQaudio Pi-DAC+/Paul Hynes SR3DR-05 linear PSU/Williams Audio NAS linear PSU. Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X preamp. Modified Goldpoint SA4M-47 passive preamp. Stereo Coffee LDR. Head-amp: Paul Hynes design/SR5 PSU. Also modified Lentek. Tube Distinctions 50W Class A P/P Copper amp with cryo-treated Tung Sol KT150s. Speakers: 'Lockwood Majors', using 15" Tannoy Monitor Golds, modified with bespoke crossovers. Also Celestion Ditton 15XRs. Stands: Mana Acoustics (non-magnetic stainless steel 'clones’). Hi-Fi Racks Podium T/T wall shelf. Sony ST-5055L tuner. Cables: Furukawa EE/F-S 2mm & 2.6mm solid-core mains leads, fitted with Furutech FI-50 IECs and FI-1363Rs. Stereo interconnects: Sommer Carbokab 225 (with silver-plated MS Audio non-metallic POM RCAs). Speaker cable: VDH 'The Wind' Hybrid II. Digital coaxial cable: 1m Trompeter Electronics Triax TRC-75-2, with MS Audio ‘Starline' silver-plated RCAs. Mains block: Mark Grant 6-way, modded with Furutech FP-1363R sockets and Furukawa cable. Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW 16.5 record cleaner.

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    Could we have a straight forward description of how to put one of these things together? I'm currently using a squeezebox SB3 butt finding it a little unsatisfying. Given the price that SB3s go for on EBay, I could swap over for virtually no outlay.

    The SB3 accesses a little Linux PC attached to the router which runs the Slimserver software that it needs, and has a 400gb hard drive attached. Presumably the Pi would be able to access the same library, but does it need to have any software running elsewhere on the network? If so, could an Android tablet handle the task?

    I'm intrigued, but ignorant!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Hi Ali,

    I got my Pi with 'Ninja' Pibow case and PSU, from here:http://shop.pimoroni.com/collections/raspberry-pi-2

    I believe that the DAC is available direct from IQ-Audio, although I bought mine from Ian.

    All the rest you can get from Maplins, then simply download Volumio on your computer and set it all up - job's a good 'un!

    Marco.
    Cheers mate, only would need the PI bits, everything else I already have, given I run a TFS. Be interesting to see if it would better the TFS with Nick's prototype dac. Would have to be good to do so..
    There are times when you can’t do the sensible thing, when you can’t act like a responsible adult at all; you just have to do whatever insane thing comes into your head. When bad people do it they end up murderers, when good people do it they end up heroes, and when the rest of us do it we end up looking like total idiots. But when’s that ever stopped us?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shane View Post
    Could we have a straight forward description of how to put one of these things together? I'm currently using a squeezebox SB3 butt finding it a little unsatisfying. Given the price that SB3s go for on EBay, I could swap over for virtually no outlay.

    The SB3 accesses a little Linux PC attached to the router which runs the Slimserver software that it needs, and has a 400gb hard drive attached. Presumably the Pi would be able to access the same library, but does it need to have any software running elsewhere on the network? If so, could an Android tablet handle the task?

    I'm intrigued, but ignorant!
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    Yes, Jo, that's correct, but the HiFi Berry is a different DAC, and arguably not as good as the IQ-Audio... Also, you don't need the facility on the HiFi Berry of connecting up an off-board DAC, if you're going to use the IQ one directly, fitted to the Pi, directly again into a power amp, minus a preamp, as I'm doing.

    The IQ-Audio Pi-DAC+ outputs 2V, the same as most CDPs, so there's no need, electrically, for a preamp - and interestingly, for me for the FIRST time ever, no need for one SONICALLY, either! Just use the Volumio interface, on your phone, tablet or laptop, and you're away!

    Sensitive power amps, however, are best for optimal results (in order to get the same drive and 'balls' in the sound, as provided by a good active preamp).

    Marco.
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    "Your validity or worth are not defined or determined by the views of others with their own superimposed agendas". - Pharos (on AoS)

    My system:

    Modified Technics SL-1210MK5G/Mike New high-precision bearing & baseplate/Mike New ETP platter/Bruil record weight/Nagaoka GL602 crystal T/T mat. Paul Hynes SR7EHD PSU (plus regulator modules)/DCSXL pure-silver DC lead. Ortofon RS-212D tonearm/'Speedy Steve' custom-made Ebony armboard. Yannis Tome 423.5 Phono Silver-Litz tonearm cable, with Furutech CF-DIN(R) and Eichmann silver Bullet Plugs. Cartridges: Denon DL-S1 in AT MG-10 headshell with AT-6106 Quattro Hybrid lead-wire. Denon DL-103C1 in '103U' headshell with AT-609 silver lead-wire. Vintage Denon DL-103AU in AT-Ti15ANV Titanium Headshell. Shure M55E in Denon PCL-300 headshell with 6N silver lead-wire. Shure original USA SC35C. Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 transport/DAC. Raspberry Pi-3 Model B and IQaudio Pi-DAC+/Paul Hynes SR3DR-05 linear PSU/Williams Audio NAS linear PSU. Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X preamp. Modified Goldpoint SA4M-47 passive preamp. Stereo Coffee LDR. Head-amp: Paul Hynes design/SR5 PSU. Also modified Lentek. Tube Distinctions 50W Class A P/P Copper amp with cryo-treated Tung Sol KT150s. Speakers: 'Lockwood Majors', using 15" Tannoy Monitor Golds, modified with bespoke crossovers. Also Celestion Ditton 15XRs. Stands: Mana Acoustics (non-magnetic stainless steel 'clones’). Hi-Fi Racks Podium T/T wall shelf. Sony ST-5055L tuner. Cables: Furukawa EE/F-S 2mm & 2.6mm solid-core mains leads, fitted with Furutech FI-50 IECs and FI-1363Rs. Stereo interconnects: Sommer Carbokab 225 (with silver-plated MS Audio non-metallic POM RCAs). Speaker cable: VDH 'The Wind' Hybrid II. Digital coaxial cable: 1m Trompeter Electronics Triax TRC-75-2, with MS Audio ‘Starline' silver-plated RCAs. Mains block: Mark Grant 6-way, modded with Furutech FP-1363R sockets and Furukawa cable. Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW 16.5 record cleaner.

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    Hi Shane,

    Quote Originally Posted by shane View Post
    Could we have a straight forward description of how to put one of these things together? I'm currently using a squeezebox SB3 butt finding it a little unsatisfying. Given the price that SB3s go for on EBay, I could swap over for virtually no outlay.

    The SB3 accesses a little Linux PC attached to the router which runs the Slimserver software that it needs, and has a 400gb hard drive attached. Presumably the Pi would be able to access the same library, but does it need to have any software running elsewhere on the network? If so, could an Android tablet handle the task?

    I'm intrigued, but ignorant!
    I'll ask Duncan to contribute and outline the process in layman's terms.

    Meanwhile, there are two very good threads on the subject. One on Wigwam: http://www.hifiwigwam.com/showthread...r-Raspberry-Pi and one on TAS, although Martin T and others have gone the HiFi Berry route: http://theaudiostandard.net/thread/5...reamer-project

    Have a read and see if they help

    Marco.
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    "Your validity or worth are not defined or determined by the views of others with their own superimposed agendas". - Pharos (on AoS)

    My system:

    Modified Technics SL-1210MK5G/Mike New high-precision bearing & baseplate/Mike New ETP platter/Bruil record weight/Nagaoka GL602 crystal T/T mat. Paul Hynes SR7EHD PSU (plus regulator modules)/DCSXL pure-silver DC lead. Ortofon RS-212D tonearm/'Speedy Steve' custom-made Ebony armboard. Yannis Tome 423.5 Phono Silver-Litz tonearm cable, with Furutech CF-DIN(R) and Eichmann silver Bullet Plugs. Cartridges: Denon DL-S1 in AT MG-10 headshell with AT-6106 Quattro Hybrid lead-wire. Denon DL-103C1 in '103U' headshell with AT-609 silver lead-wire. Vintage Denon DL-103AU in AT-Ti15ANV Titanium Headshell. Shure M55E in Denon PCL-300 headshell with 6N silver lead-wire. Shure original USA SC35C. Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 transport/DAC. Raspberry Pi-3 Model B and IQaudio Pi-DAC+/Paul Hynes SR3DR-05 linear PSU/Williams Audio NAS linear PSU. Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X preamp. Modified Goldpoint SA4M-47 passive preamp. Stereo Coffee LDR. Head-amp: Paul Hynes design/SR5 PSU. Also modified Lentek. Tube Distinctions 50W Class A P/P Copper amp with cryo-treated Tung Sol KT150s. Speakers: 'Lockwood Majors', using 15" Tannoy Monitor Golds, modified with bespoke crossovers. Also Celestion Ditton 15XRs. Stands: Mana Acoustics (non-magnetic stainless steel 'clones’). Hi-Fi Racks Podium T/T wall shelf. Sony ST-5055L tuner. Cables: Furukawa EE/F-S 2mm & 2.6mm solid-core mains leads, fitted with Furutech FI-50 IECs and FI-1363Rs. Stereo interconnects: Sommer Carbokab 225 (with silver-plated MS Audio non-metallic POM RCAs). Speaker cable: VDH 'The Wind' Hybrid II. Digital coaxial cable: 1m Trompeter Electronics Triax TRC-75-2, with MS Audio ‘Starline' silver-plated RCAs. Mains block: Mark Grant 6-way, modded with Furutech FP-1363R sockets and Furukawa cable. Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW 16.5 record cleaner.

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    It might also be worth mentioning for those who have a fear of Linux (but with Volumio there is nothing to fear), that Microsoft have committed to building a version of Windows 10, which will run on the Raspberry Pi 2 and it'll be free.

    https://dev.windows.com/en-us/featur...errypi2support

    http://www.engadget.com/2015/02/02/w...aspberry-pi-2/
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    Quote Originally Posted by shane View Post
    Could we have a straight forward description of how to put one of these things together? I'm currently using a squeezebox SB3 butt finding it a little unsatisfying. Given the price that SB3s go for on EBay, I could swap over for virtually no outlay.

    The SB3 accesses a little Linux PC attached to the router which runs the Slimserver software that it needs, and has a 400gb hard drive attached. Presumably the Pi would be able to access the same library, but does it need to have any software running elsewhere on the network? If so, could an Android tablet handle the task?

    I'm intrigued, but ignorant!
    There is quite an extensive thread about the Raspberry as a streamer / DAC at theaudiostandard. The software on the Raspberry is Volumio (https://volumio.org) which is free. I use a DAC from audiophonics.fr. I see now that it is a newer version than the one I have and it seems to be compatible with the B+ and newer Pi2 Raspberry models.

    It is interfaced via I2S to the Raspi. Basically, you just stick it on the Raspbi.

    One interesting DAC I would like to try one day is this one from Torsten Tjekel which can stacked as a "double mono" configuration. It can be bought here

    The Raspi + DAC + Volumio kit conveniently replaces a streamer an Airport express and a DAC for peanuts. It is quite an eye (ear) opener.

    Hope this helps
    Greets
    Ru

    PS The Raspberry can be interfaced to your router either with an Ethernet cable or with a WIFI dongle like this one I cannot hear any difference between the two methods and the WIFI is rock solid. Haven't had a single drop out.
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