Originally Posted by younglee200
I'm this close to pulling the plug - ordering myself a raspberry pi + a case for it.
Last question, just from my still lasting skeptical-ism - Right now I'm running JRiver media center through WASAPI mode - meaning that my Laptop's soundcard is pretty much bypassed, and the sound is going straight into the DAC into the amp.
Wouldn't purchasing a pi and going through it do the exact same thing?
No, it is a different beast. Before I wrote this thread, I compared Picoreplayer with JRiver media center in a Lenovo Notebook / PC. Sound quality is clearly superior in Picoreplayer.
You could bypass much of the unnecessary processes for sound generation in Windows by WASAPI but:
1. There are too many processes working behind Windows which deteriorate the sound quality and hard to be eliminated, that is why a software called "Fidelizer" is written trying to optimize Windows for Music. I tried a year ago, not much improvement then and quite troublesome to use.
2. Notebook/PC have too much electronic components which generate noises, it is totally unavoidable.
Honestly, I just don't know why you don't just purchase it and try. (Sorry for being rude, but I have to say this)
Yes, it might not work as magical as I claimed. But it is only US$40, not hundreds and thousands, right?
Besides, like I said before, it is actually a standalone Linux PC and multi-purpose. For example, install OpenELEC makes it a 1080P media player. It is not going to be completely useless.