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  1. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Max Roach Quintet in Europe featuring Sam Rivers (Condition West Recordings) Max Roach - drums Sam Rivers - tenor saxophone, flute Odeon Pope - tenor saxophone Cecil Bridgewater - trumpet Tyrone Brown - bass
  2. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    ] J. Pavone String Ensemble - Lost and Found (Astral Spirits) Jessica Pavone (composer/viola) Abby Swidler (viola) Erica Dicker, Angela Morris (violins)
  3. Raspberry PI 4 As An Audio Streamer

    I ended up with the HiFiBerry DAC + RCA (~$29USD). I am impressed with the sound. I purchased a cheap clear case from Pi Shop Us for Pi 4 (~$10USD). I ended up switching from Volumio to moOde.
  4. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Amaro Freitas - Rasif (Far Out Recordings)
  5. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Christopher Hoffman - Asp Nimbus (Out of Your Head Records)
  6. Raspberry PI 4 As An Audio Streamer

    I received an answer from the Volumio forums: Can confirm that, for some reason, the headphone mixer allows up to 4dB gain, too much in my opinion. Everything over 85 (dB gain -0.00) leads to distortion and not just on the left channel. Not sure if anyone seriously uses headphone out for our purposes, there are already much better results to be had with a simple USB or HAT DAC.
  7. Raspberry PI 4 As An Audio Streamer

    Volumio is a little finicky in my experience. If you are seeing the spinning dots, just cut power to the the RPI then reconnect power and wait until it reconnects. It may help if you first set it up via browser on a desktop/laptop and then enable phone app connectivity. It took me a few tries to get it working. The HiFiBerry is precisely the DAC that I am considering.
  8. Raspberry PI 4 As An Audio Streamer

    Please post how it goes with Volumio. I tried Volumio over the weekend and had a persistent issue with distortion that sounded like clipping in one channel when the Volumio "software" volume was set to 100%. The distortion was not present when the Volumio "software" volume was set to 85% or lower. I am only using the headphone jack on the RPI at this point (i am still undecided on whether I should purchase a DAC "hat" or purchase an outboard DAC like the Schitt Modi). I adjusted the settings in Volumio, but the adjustments did not eliminate the issue. I plugged the RPI into another electrical outlet to rule out a ground loop. I plugged headphones and a mini integrated amp into the RPI, but the problem persisted. To rule out a hardware issue with the RPI, I installed the raspberry pi operating system headless onto an sd card and connected an external hard drive with flac files to the RPI's usb port. I played those files through VLC music player using the RPI's headphone jack and the distortion issues were not present, even when the VLC software volume was set to 100% Therefore, the distortion appears to be a Volumio software issue. Moreover, although there was some background noise, the flac files playing through VLC sounded better to me than they had when I used Volumio. I liked the Volumio GUI though. I will probably post about the issue in the Volumio forums to see if there is a way to resolve the distortion issue I experienced. Conversely to your post, I am planning to try MoOde this coming weekend.
  9. Raspberry PI 4 As An Audio Streamer

    Thanks bresna. But for your post, I would not have investigated the Raspberry Pi 4. After doing some research on You Tube, I purchased a Raspberry Pi 4 (2GB) and power supply this afternoon. I have it connected to the audio files on my Open Media Vault NAS with Volumio. This is precisely what I was looking for. My laptop is out of the audio chain. NAS-->Raspberry Pi 4--->Amp--->Speakers. I can use my laptop to control what is playing. I am currently connecting my amp by way of the Pi's headphone jack. Down the line I may get a Raspberry Pi module that allows a connection to a DAC.
  10. Bandcamp waiving fees on Friday

    Khan Jamal - Infinity (Jazz Room) Deerhoof & Wadada Leo Smith - To Be Surrounded by Beautiful, Curious, Breathing, Laughing Flesh is Enough (Joyful Noise)
  11. Raspberry PI 4 As An Audio Streamer

    bresna, Interesting topic. Earlier this year I set up a NAS on an old tower to use, in part, as a music server. I use Open Media Vault as the NAS OS. I store the music files on the NAS on a 500gb hard drive. I mapped a network drive for the NAS folder with my music files on my laptop. I use the Musicbee application on my laptop to organize the files, which are outputted through my laptop's speakers or through its RCA jack. My set-up is NAS--->Laptop-->Amp--->Speakers. I am interested in removing the laptop directly from the audio chain. Do you know whether I could access the music files on my NAS, which is storage, using the RPI and then output audio directly from the RPI to a DAC while using my laptop to access and play music?
  12. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Nights on Saturn (communication)by [Ahmed] (Astral Spirits) Pat Thomas - Piano Joel Grip - Bass Antonin Gerbal - Drums Seymour Wright - Alto saxophone
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  14. *** Cecil Taylor ***

    I am thinking about ordering the Ultra-Vybe cd release of Air Above Mountains from CdJapan, which appears to have track lengths matching the track lengths of the original lp release. I noticed that there was a cd release by Ward Records with longer track lengths. Was the original lp release edited, with the Ward Records release restoring material edited out of the lp release? Ward Records – TKCW-32190, Enja Records – TKCW-3219 Air Above Mountains < Buildings Within > Part One 44:30 Air Above Mountains < Buildings Within > Part Two 31:44 Ultra-Vybe – UVJZ-10043, Enja Records – UVJZ-10043 Air Above Mountains < Buildings Within > Part One25:40 Air Above Mountains < Buildings Within > Part Two25:37
  15. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Christopher Hoffman - Asp Nimbus (Out of Your Head Records) Christopher Hoffman - cello, compositions Bryan Carrott - vibraphone Rashaan Carter - bass Craig Weinrib - drums David Virelles - piano (track 2 only)