It's clear from reading SBAF that people are missing out on a lot of the potential from Volumio or frustrated because it doesn't do what they want out-of-the-box. This is my second or third attempt to create a writeup of Volumio tips. The writeup has proven to be too grand an endeavor and my earlier draft has disappeared, so I'm starting a thread and will aim to consolidate tips at a later stage. When I initially raised the possibility of this thread, some suggested putting it under Pi2AES or Raspberry Pi based streamers, which reflects a common misunderstanding about Volumio - it isn't necessarily tied to any hardware. So I'll try to get the basics about this software out-in-the-open first. I'm not affiliated with Volumio, and I don't claim to know everything about it. But I have used it a lot and customised it quite heavily. And no-one else has stepped up with a similar thread, so you're stuck with me and whoever else joins this thread. Volumio interface via a phone browser Volumio is : Debian Linux operating system, customised for use as an audio source / audio streaming. It's important to know this because many of the tips about getting more from Volumio are about customising Linux. It's also important to understand that by adding a Volumio streamer to your network, you're adding a computer that can be used to help in other ways, such as by monitoring and controlling your audio, network or home. A downside is that Volumio introduces security risks because, like any computer, it can be taken over by someone else and used to monitor or otherwise compromise its home network. One of the main tips I will share is about securing Volumio to reduce the risks. Confusing. Visit the website, and you'll find lots of different things labeled Volumio. There is the software, some hardware that runs Volumio software "Primo", MyVolumio Plans etc. Start out with Volumio Free, available at https://volumio.org/get-started/ Extendable. Volumio gets you started with the main services. A lot of issues or wishes for extra functionality that I've seen in SBAF forums can be met using Volumio plug-ins. Some of these are shown in Volumio under the plug-in menu, like the ability to keep a playlist between reboots, Spotify Connect functionality etc. Some require a subscription, like HTTPS connectivity. Some of the best add-ins have to be obtained externally, such as the DSP add-ins and headphone cross-binaural filter. Multi-platform. Although it is most commonly used on a Raspberry Pi, Volumio is also excellent for repurposing an old PC or Mac notebook, where the screen and keyboard can be used to control playback. The Volumio website indicates support for a range of other small devices also. A tiny and inexpensive Volumio USB streamer (Pi Zero) USB or HAT. Running from a Pi, laptop of whatever, Volumio can output via USB or other hardware. If you have a USB-first DAC, like a Schiit Modius or most Chi-Fi, then you can get great performance without worrying about 'Hardware On Top' HATs like HiFiBerry, Pi2AES etc. A Raspberry Pi Zero USB streamer can add a lot of functionality to an audio system, and should cost less than US$20 to set up. Setting up Volumio on an un-used old laptop should cost nothing. The HAT's are mostly about getting different kinds of connectivity, like Optical, Coax, AES etc and can be added later if you like the base system. Volumio on a 10-year old laptop. More than capable of upscaling to 384k etc One of many similar operating systems. Some of the tips I'd like to discuss are easily adapted to other streamers, some are not. I've tried other Pi and PC streamers, and returned to Volumio because of the ways I have been able to customise it to my needs. OK, that's an introduction done. I'll start the tips next time.