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In Reply to: RE: Initial impressions RPi vs uRendu posted by E-Stat on March 11, 2017 at 12:50:51
Thanks for the initial review.
The difference seems more like shades of grey vs night and day. I wonder what the greatest contributing factor might be.... Maybe a combination of small things.
I really think iFi should get into the ARMs race. They seem to be Keen on all the things that could benefit a steamer.
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While differences exist, they are not of the "component A simply blows away B" nor "even my wife could hear it from the kitchen" sort of thing.
They are very much there, but subtle. And as I suggested, using a more robust PS with the RPi could narrow the gap in my environment. For some, however, the lack of DSD and/or Roon support with the RPi could be significant if one's library included a lot of that content.
I'm continuing to listen to a wide range of favorites with both.
Just enter the Roon IP under the set up tab where it asks for the LMS IP.
Once rebooted your player will become a Roon Bridge and show up in Roon.
If you want a Roon Bridge the is RAAT capable you can install HiFiBerrys image or others like from DietPi.
Creating a Lean and Mean Roon Bridge
DietPi is imo the best RPi software available. Its extremely light weight and is very easily configurable to turn your RPi into just about anything. It starts out with just the basic core OS and you get to add on only what you want. Everything works perfectly too...as well as great support.
Not just a selection from menu as with uRendu, but flashing a new image isn't a big deal.
You have a few choices for RPi and Roon.
Flash a new Debian image and install Roon manually
Flash the HiFiBerry image
Flash DietPi and configure/install Roon via UI
Use PcP as an end-point for Roon [no RAAT]
The top three are all Debian Jessie, DietPi is the lightest, HiFiBerry has less after-flash work for configuring, Debian maybe has the next less work for after-flash [just run a couple of commands to install the Roon Bridge].
Debian might need some extra work to find the HAT too.
FWIW, I tried them all several times with and without tweaks. I like PcP better for some reason. Don't know why because RAAT should be the clear winner.
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