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In Reply to: RE: options for streaming (particularly Tidal)... and DACs posted by raq on January 11, 2021 at 14:11:17
If you have multiple areas in your home to play music, use your Win10 device as music server with multiple streamers attached via network for playback.
In that way, you can leverage a common digital library and ability to stream Pandora/Spotify/Tidal/Qobuz/internet radio without the need for a PC everywhere.
I use a wide range of different players around the house and use an RPi in the garage system.
This is interesting, thank you.
I do have a server that does storage (a T20/Win 10 with a RAID5 array) which I'm currently upgrading the CPU of to account for potential increase hardware demand in case I'd want more stuff running on it. This could well serve such duty, it seems to me. Not sure how to implement all that yet.
To add - it's not that much that I have multiple areas to play, it's more that I want to keep the gear footprint low. As few cables as possible, small boxes, etc. - and most of my stuff is heavy (tubes, early solid state, etc.). Spouse acceptance factor a concern. The gateway, (1)AP, router, server, printer is in a large wall nook kind of thing, away from my main system, and overall there's about a dozen different computers and other IPs spread throughout the house. Also, a few other wifi broadcast points scattered around the house.
Anyway, the main thing here is that the main system is currently served by a WaveIO/DDDAC1543, and needs to be wireless for any digital playback. I am going to try the piCorePlayer OS (likely investigate PINN as a multi boot loader, so I can keep the current Raspberry Pi OS with software I already have running on there, but be able to switch...)
FWIW, I use Logitech Media Server (LMS) which supports both audio and video content and is free for the download. Mine is hosted on a Synology NAS with a huge (> 6 GB) RAM cache.
I find general purpose computers not ideal for music playback duty. I'd rather use small, inherently low noise headless streamers with tiny footprint operating systems optimized for a single duty. Remote control by watch/phone/pad.
> I find general purpose computers not ideal for music playback duty. I'd rather use small, inherently low noise headless streamers with tiny footprint operating systems optimized for a single duty. Remote control by watch/phone/pad.
Totally with you there. The current computer serving the DAC is a nano Lenovo, fanless and tiny, just a bit larger than the RPI (see attachment). There's the power supply cord and USB going to the DAC, that's it. It runs headless and I RDP into it from my other computers (usually my laptop) or even my Android phone.
one runs a 256 MB Win10 image running all matter of background processes... while the other runs a Linux variant in half that amount of space that stays resident in memory and never swaps.
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