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Volumio: the free hi-fi linux distribution

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Maybe the claim could not be the most self-explanatory for most of you all. So let's start from the beginning.
What is Volumio?
Volumio is the evolution of RaspyFi, a linux based distribution specifically designed to be used as a stand-alone hi-fi 
music player. This is meant to be used on sigle-board computers with an external USB DAC. Thanks to Volumio you'll be able 
to read your whole Music Library, both on USB Hard Drive or via a Network Attached Storage (NAS), while comfortably sitting 
on your sofa and controlling the playback with your smartphone, tablet or pc, thanks to its native WebUI (without needing 
to install anything) or with the sound@home android app, built specifically for Volumio. This is meant to be an headless 
player, so you don't need a monitor attached to your favourite single-board computer. 
Furthermore Volumio could be seen as an italian proud work, since is completely developed by an italian guy.
Android's app control interface
Still not clear? 
A Linux Distribution (Aka GNU/Linux Distribution, or distro) is a particular software environment which basically is a 
complete Operating System based on a Linux Kernel (Thanks Wikipedia!), while a single board computer is a whole computer 
fitted into a tiny electronic board.
Which are Volumio's advantages?
The first point of vantage is surely the fact that this is an extremely optimized system, specifically tailored for bit-
perfect audio playback and without useless background processes. Then we have more: it can be controlled remotely with the 
device you prefer, it has low power requirements and it's extremely quiet since these computers doesn't have any type of 
fans. Another big advantage is that the whole system is extremely inexpensive shile compared to classic media servers, 
since the supported boards (which we'll see later on) are generally cheaper than normal PCs and Volumio is completely free.
Which are Volumio supported boards?
Raspberry Pi model B
-The less expensive board, costs less than 40 euros
-There are some i2s DACS, which work out of the box and are to be connected directly to the board
-Limited raw computing power
-Problems with Hi-Res files with USB DACS


Cubox Solidrun
-Already comes boxed in a nice and tiny case
-Powerful and well engineered 
-Optical S/PDIF out
-Doesn't feature analog out, so an external DAC is absolutely needed


-The most powerful board
-Features lots of outputs like Analog, USB, I2S and  Coaxial S/PDIF
-The two higher specced models have integrated Wi-Fi
-Is the most expensive board
-At the moment, there are no available cases 


Beaglebone Black
-Features only one USB port, so a powered USB HUb is needed
-Doesn't feature an analog out, so an external DAC is needed


How does it install?
The whole install procedure is really simple and an handy guide is to be found at http://volumio.org/get-started/
I will however add a guide whenever I'll receive an Udoo Board for a test drive.

Edited by turo91 - 1/9/14 at 5:54am
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I'm already using Volumio on a Raspberry Pi Model B.  So far, I have no complaints except the missing support for exfat.

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I like the look of the CuBox

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Using the raspberry pi, over clocked to 900Mhz and getting good results with 192Mhz sample rates. Exfat 500GB USB drive. I added Fuse ExFat driver. This is a really cool headphone setup that lets me listen to music, and control it all via my iPad.  More interestingly I operate the Raspberrypi and my CM6631A via a battery. This reduces noise.

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Nice Project!


I have a BeagleBone lying around unused, I'll try and get it running with this.

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I just received my CuBOX-i4pro. Volumio install had some issue, the wifi card didn't have a driver. I found an image with the driver. My USB CM6631A card didn't work, until I fixed the ALSA conf.
Works great and sound wonderful. Music libraries are accessed via a samba share. Only two connection, USB and power. It is much better then the RaspberryPi, no pops and clicks, ever.    

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HummingBoard i2ex


I guess the official Volumio support for HummingBoard (from Solid-Run, makers of Cubox) is only a matter of time.
Edited by alnilam - 12/26/14 at 4:13am
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My project on Kiev

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