Dummies Guide to Pi2AES! Throw away your PC or laptop.

Discussion in 'Digital: DACs, USB converters, decrapifiers' started by purr1n, Jan 29, 2020.

  1. JayC

    JayC Resident Crash Test Dummy

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    Ah, I had a feeling that volumio did the same - saying nothing does not indeed mean its not happening. but since the sound was a little different I had to ask. I dont really find moode or volumio an upgrade from each other in any other way except the web interface (which I dont really use). I always use Qobuz and i'm not paying for another subscription so I just need to figure out which of these two I end up sticking with based on sound alone.

    I did use bubbleupnp until a few months ago when I switched from Android to iOS. Since then I've just been using AirPlay since that was right in the native Qobuz app. I'll give mConnect player lite another try and see..
     
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    Not sure if it's an mpd thang which they both use, but since version in December last year moode even sounded better than precious versions and I never noticed it before when updating.
     
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    FWIW, I've found mconnect to be much more stable than bubble (with both moode and hqplayer). I use qobuz and it doesn't resample anything... just feeds what it gets
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    Hello, sorry if this is hijacking the thread but need your help: I have a new router and decided to get a new SD card, flashed Volumio on it, etc. and then set it up on wi-fi - all good and working perfectly. Today Volumio doesn't even show on my LAN even connected via Ethernet - the Pi2AES has a red power light and a continuously flashing green light. I've rebooted everything, tried different ethernet ports, etc. and nada. I'm tempted to scratch this and start again but if anyone has a brainwave please shout. Missing my Pi2AES badly.
     
  5. Michael Kelly

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    This might help:

    https://linuxhint.com/green-light-red-light-raspberry-pi/
     
  6. JayC

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    does anyone know how to get mconnect player to keep playing from a list of songs (Qobuz favourites for example)? At the moment it just stops after i click on one song to play from the list, whereas Spotify or even Qobuz itself would continue down the list from the selected song onwards..

    I've enabled the option to autoplay similar tracks after my queue ends but it doesnt work. is there something I'm missing or is it a setting in moode/volumio?
     
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    If you’re casting to them with something like mconnect then you need the app on your device open or running (I forget probably on screen) for it to send the next track in the list. This is why Tidal / Spotify connect are better because they run on the pi in the background rather than your phone.
     
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    I have a dedicated tablet that runs mconnect and sends to both moode and hqplayer embedded... as long as the tablet is on and I don't shut down mconnect, then it continues to send the entire qobuz playlist. The only time it stops mid-list is if the battery on the tablet dies, I shut it off, or close mconnect completely.

    As @haywood said mconnect sends songs sequentially and needs to remain running (just like if you were using Bubbleupnp). But it does not need to remain onscreen. You can use another app or the display on the tablet can shut off and it will keep running.

    If it doesn't keep playing, then make sure you don't have a battery saver type app that is shutting down mconnect when it is in the background.
     
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    This might well be it - esp if you're a Samsung user. And if you are, you might also get shuffle always on by default (I haven't found a way to stop this using Hi-Fi Cast yet; have to remember every time to turn it off manually during the first track).
     
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    No, i use an iphone and its not a power saving thing. I've got the app open as well, so that's not the issue. If i press "play all" on a playlist, it does go sequentially through the list but it starts at the top of the list so its quite annoying to get to the song i want.

    What i expect is simply this - if i click on a song in a playlist, it should continue with the next song after that one is done. Instead, what it does is it just stops playing at the end of the song.
     
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    I'll test mine when I get to the office on Monday... I don't really know what happens if I try starting in the middle of a playlist or album... I don't think I've ever done that
     
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    Mine does the same thing (iPhone, mConnect user). You learn to just play the whole album or manually add tracks one by one to the queue.
     
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    I recently switched from moOde to Plexamp headless on my pi. I bought a proper NAS last month and installed Plex on it, and Plexamp has been great. Works with i2s audio hats like pi2aes and hifiberry, etc. I use the Plexamp app on my phone to remote control the Pi, and it's worlds better than using the web interface of moOde or bubbleUPNP. I also got it to work with my harmony to play/pause/skip/stop.

    The queuing system on Plexamp is great. When your current playlist is over, it will just keep playing similar music, or if you queued a single album it will play the next album from that artist, or if it's the latest from that artist it will start over at their first (unless you already listened to that in the same queue), OR if there's only one album it will play a similar artist. There's also genre mixes, styles, etc. It also has full tidal integration, but I haven't tried that yet, so far I'm just listening to my Plex library.
     
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    Does anyone know the DC barrel dimensions of the Meanwell power supply and the female entry into the Pi2AES?

    I found this website Ghent Audio and they make really nice Neotech double shielded OCC Copper DC cables with optional right angle plugs.

    https://ghentaudio.com/part/dc-7n16c.html

    They seem to have 5.5/2.1mm and 5.5/5.5mm but maybe they could order custom DC plugs as well to match the mean well.

    I'm interested for my sigma 11 LPS, which uses 2 5.5/2.1mm plugs for the LPS and the 5v modded input, but also for my Noise Nuke which uses the same barrel as the Meanwell one one end and I'd like the same barrel as the adapter has for the other end of the cable so it can fit into the Pi2AES with no adapter

    So I would love to know the barrel dimensions of both the mean well power supply and the hole in the Pi2AES DC plug dimensions. I'd like to have a cable made that has the mean well DC plug size on one end, and a right angle plug that has the Pi2AES DC barrel dimensions on the other, no adapter needed.

    @Michael Kelly

    thanks!
    Whitney
     
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    Meanwell plug is 5.5/2.1.
     
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    Cool thank you! Now I just need to know what the hole size is on the Pi2AES so I can ditch the adapter and just use a cable.
     
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    Tell me what you go with later. I have like several of his cables and never had a complaint in around 8-10y. Also good chance to check if their prices change anything in the last 3-4y.
     
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    I bought one of his Neotech OCC Copper 7N cables, in 6" for my other Pi2AES which has the 5 volt mod and a Sigma 11 LPS and it was about $85 I believe. So on the expensive side, but he has cheaper options including a Gotham wire and others that are even cheaper. But I like OCC Copper :)
     
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    2.5/5.5 centre pin +
     
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    I have one of those Gotham ones and served me fine (just what I went with)
     

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