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Thread: Chromecast Audio vs Raspberry Rpi/HifiBerry Digi+

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    Default Chromecast Audio vs Raspberry Rpi/HifiBerry Digi+

    I'm currently using a CCA with a Beresford Caiman SEG. 90% of my listening is done via Bubble UPNP accessing files stored on a hard drive, otherwise it's Deezer.

    I have used a Pi before, but not with the SEG and I'm now wondering if there are any SQ improvements to be had using a Pi with a Digi board for coax or optical.

    I really like the convenience and simplicity of the CCA, so it only an increase in SQ that is of interest to me.

    Any thoughts?
    CCA / Caiman SEG with Longdog Audio LPSU / Sennheiser HD600

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bourneendboy View Post
    I'm currently using a CCA with a Beresford Caiman SEG. 90% of my listening is done via Bubble UPNP accessing files stored on a hard drive, otherwise it's Deezer.

    I have used a Pi before, but not with the SEG and I'm now wondering if there are any SQ improvements to be had using a Pi with a Digi board for coax or optical.

    I really like the convenience and simplicity of the CCA, so it only an increase in SQ that is of interest to me.

    Any thoughts?
    A pi2 with a hifiberry digi+ pro sounds better than a CCA, if you have an rca spdif input...
    Cheers, Will

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    I have a Pi with the Digi+. It is good but nowhere near as good as my Allo Digione Pi system. The only downside to the latter is that it does not have an optical output but this is in order to maximise sound quality. I also use this with a Caiman SEG and believe it offers SQ hard to match anywhere near its price.

    Geoff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bourneendboy View Post
    I'm currently using a CCA with a Beresford Caiman SEG. 90% of my listening is done via Bubble UPNP accessing files stored on a hard drive, otherwise it's Deezer.

    I have used a Pi before, but not with the SEG and I'm now wondering if there are any SQ improvements to be had using a Pi with a Digi board for coax or optical.

    I really like the convenience and simplicity of the CCA, so it only an increase in SQ that is of interest to me.

    Any thoughts?
    BTW. Was going to put the Pi/Hifi Berry Digi+ up for sale. PM me if interested. Can supply it with Volumio already configured.

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    Bubble works well enough but looks terrible alas. Got cca's and an rpi with its own dac. Pi is better but cca is easier. Actually prefer jriver but it's not suitable for all situations. Bluetooth 4.2 is very decent too and not to be confused with earlier incarnations
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sherwood View Post
    BTW. Was going to put the Pi/Hifi Berry Digi+ up for sale. PM me if interested. Can supply it with Volumio already configured.
    Now that you have said the Allo is so much better........
    CCA / Caiman SEG with Longdog Audio LPSU / Sennheiser HD600

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bourneendboy View Post
    Now that you have said the Allo is so much better........
    Yes it is. It is also much more expensive. I think it is about 4 times the price of the basic Digi+ board.

    Geoff

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    I use a Pi3 with Volumio and a USB DAC. I believe that you have more options to play hi res files in their native format and to upsample with the Pi3.
    ~Paul~

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sherwood View Post
    I have a Pi with the Digi+. It is good but nowhere near as good as my Allo Digione Pi system. The only downside to the latter is that it does not have an optical output but this is in order to maximise sound quality. I also use this with a Caiman SEG and believe it offers SQ hard to match anywhere near its price.

    Geoff
    Is the Digione really that much better? Have looked at it before but have stayed with the Digi+ as am skeptical about any SQ increase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon_LDT View Post
    Is the Digione really that much better? Have looked at it before but have stayed with the Digi+ as am skeptical about any SQ increase.
    Simon,

    Yes. The biggest improvement is the lower noise threshold and greater clarity. I played both the Hifiberry Digi+ and Digione through the Caiman SEG and listened to wide variety of music. Listening through my Maggies (which are very revealing) I found the Digione much clearer. Lyrics were easier to follow, the soundstage was improved, and subtle nuances were easier to follow. I wouldn't say that the bass was deeper but textures seemed to be better resolved. All listening was initially done with a standard SMPS. I found an even greater improvement when I powered the Digione with a battery power supply. It costs a lot more than other Pi audio boards, but still a bargain at 90 quid or thereabouts. Allo do a nice case too, if appearance is a factor.

    Geoff

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