The Daphile Thread

Discussion in 'Computer Audiophile: Software, Configs, Tools' started by sorrodje, Oct 13, 2015.

  1. sorrodje

    sorrodje Carla Bruni's other lover - Friend

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    Who's using Daphile here ? Share your experiences :


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    http://www.daphile.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/Daphile?fref=ts

    - Gentoo Linux Based
    - Regularly updated and upgraded.
    - Optimized for audio
    - Works out of the box in live USB/CD mod. No need to install it . No need of any technical skill.
    - Works on every PC you want and with any Linux compatible USB dac or transport you want
    - Based on Squeezebox ecosystem ( IOS/android Apps , SB plugins)
    - Allows to use streaming service (Qobuz & Spotify at least)
    - Web radios

    :headbang:
     

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    @zerodeefex : give a look to the fb account. Some developments are still alive. For example an embedded eq. Minimalist though.
     
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    I follow his FB closely. I would like to point out, the updates are coming more infrequently and the feature development has slowed. Anyone getting into daphile should NOT expect a lot more features to be popping up over time. It's also important to note that Daphile is not open source, some of the packages are closed source. I'm unsure if he's violating GPL by doing this (I suspect maybe).

    That doesn't make it any less awesome. Honestly, I'm interested in is kernel updates (I can update mpd myself). If those are maintained, I'll probably be using it for years to come.
     
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    Daphile is great for audio meets. My favorite feature is that DACs can play at the same time, if needed.

    It seemed to have better sound quality(blacker background) than Windows with BMC PureDac.
     
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    I tried using Daphile, but I have yet to get it to successfully complete a scan of my library without crashing. I've tried multiple builds, including stable builds and even a private beta from a few days ago. I really wish it worked for me - it looks like a great system.
     
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    What's the advantage over vortexbox?
     
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    pretty happy user here, thanks to Sorrodje. It's not always stable, crashes more than it should but sounds damn good and doesn't break the bank to boot.
     
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    Mixed feelings, tried it a year back and sound was OK. A later built was down right awful, muffled to say the least. Sorry to say but a Rpi2 with Archphile or Rune trumps Daphile every day of the week and twice on Sundays for a variety of reasons (code, mpd, fanless, stability)
     
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    Never encountered any SQ issues here. Neither scan issues.

    @sepinho : I think Vortexbox and daphile do mostly the same thing. they're built a bit differently but purposes and features are the same.
     
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    "should," in my book, for Linux, is never, with a real-world result of two or three times in several years, which, again according to me, is folllowing in the footsteps of Grand-Daddy Unix. Whilst the other stuff collapsed regularly, or needed rebooting, because hey, that's what you need to do to make it fast again, right? (Thanks, microsoft, for building that low, low, expectation into user's minds to suit your own performance) my unix servers only stopped if something physical broke. Or if we stopped them.

    So, just how regularly is "more than it should?" Because it shouldn't.

    I use Linux Mint 17.1, with audio stuff looked after by KXStudio-without-most-of-the-Studio. (History: because KXStudio's JACK management utilities were the only way I could get JACK to reliably work and I had to do that for a Firewire Interface, when I went the Linux way).

    I make no claims for operating-system sound. Originally, I thought Linux sounded better than WinXP (what me? Biased against Windows? |\/|. Well, yep, very. And there's part of the the problem) but with several minutes to reboot (due to Windows) I gave myself a low confidence rating on that.

    I really wish that someone would conduct a blind Operating-system-audio test, but setting up otherwise-identical PCs would be expensive and (why I like the idea of blind testing but don't do it) hard work. But I'd love to see the results.

    I don't think there is any reason they should sound different if they are not broken-for-audio and do not alter the data on its way to the DAC. But can we be sure that those matters are satisfied? Of that I am not so sure.
     
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    For one thing, wifi driver is just buggy. Crashes in a matter of minutes. Lan is better, but server media still crashes on a regular basis, every few days I'd say. Not really bothering me too much, but it's there.
     
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    My Daphile is installed on a dedicated Shuttle Mini PC and previously was on an old Mac Mini and I never experienced any crash.
     
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    Daphile is only audio player i have had zero issues with( LAN connection). It doesn't have as much features as Jriver, but if you wan't to listen to music, it should work brilliantly once set up. I like the minimalistic interface, i don't have to fiddle with 100 buttons and submenus and just listen to music.

    And yes, you don't need audio drivers. Thats and extra feature on Windows.
     
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    I should add that I'm running from usb. That's probably having some influence, or not. Don't care it's good enough for me.
     
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    Do you mean the whole system crashes or that the wifi goes down?

    I had a problem with the Realtek wired NIC chip on my machine, that had been working fine with Windows. It was a weird thing, and one of those this-is-impossible situations from which computers are not actually free. It would work in Ubuntu, but after booting Windows, and then rebooting to Ubuntu, it would fail. The fix was installing the driver downloaded from Realtek, and making sure, manual config, that Ubuntu loads it. I still check this one, every reinstall upgrade

    No, much as I hate MS, I can't claim that Linux is entirely free of hassles like this.

    Of course, individual programs, also may crash. I find that Google Maps regularly crashes Firefox. I used to find that JACK was so temperamental that, once it had failed, nothing short of a reboot would restart it. And sometimes, even then, I would have to restore a known-working set of config files, even though I could not see the difference, before it would fire up again. No, it absolutely should not be necessary to do that stuff to listen to music! Despite huge advances, especially with the designed-to-be-user-friendly distros (and some specialities like KXStudio), there is still a small requirement to tinker, sometimes, with Linux.
     
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    I mean that the wifi driver just crashes everything. Again, I'm running my daphile from a laptop (new), from a usb key. Until I get a barebone for daphile/linux audio distro, it'll stay this way.

    Through lan network, the crash is not as bad, it's mostly the server media.
     
  18. Thad E Ginathom

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    That's bad. Horrible. If you haven't already, you might need to get the wifi drivers from the manufacturer of that chip. Can't advise any details: I have to ask google about these things.

    Hope you find the fix!
     
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    Good news. I found some files on my Ubuntu-based CIFS share that had odd characters in their names. Correcting those characters eliminated a looping crash, and my scan completed successfully.
     
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    I have used Daphile now for a while and I came from Vortexbox. Biggest reason was the ease of adding additional storage space. Been pretty stable for me too.
     

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