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Take a look at the open cabinet pic.
Bryston's BDP-Pi has a Raspberry Pi inside and it's only $1295 but includes a LCD display.
Let's see how long it takes high-end audio manufacturers to race to the bottom of the barrel on pricing. I mean that in a good way. They're using commodity off the shelf stuff after all so there should be no reason for the ridiculous pricing!
The Bryston is quite simple, other than the display it uses a Hifiberry board, another appr $35 retail,and a decent power supply. I would hope the firmware is their own.
The Audio Alchemy has more stuff in there, but still recommends their $500 add on power supply.
When I got the Raspberry going, using Volumio, I thought it sounded pretty good, until I switched over to my laptop, running JRiver.
It will be fine in my bedroom, I'm using the Crown D150 that I bought in 1973. I sold it once, and got it back when the guy passed away from cancer. The speakers [AR90s] probably need new surrounds, that's 4 woofers and 2 lower midrange. They look ok, I'm afraid to touch them, they might crumble. I can do the work, I just don't want to spend the money for the parts. I did a pair of Large Advents, and a pair of EPI 100. Both turned out fine.
I sold the EPIs to a friend, telling him to first listen to them, and pay me if you want to keep them. That was almost 2 years ago. He never bought the rest of the components. He keeps crashing his Harley, priorities.
Feeling pretty good about my $100 'investment' in Raspberry Pi/HiFiBerry Digi+ Pro and $12 Jameco transformer LPS.
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