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What is it?
Our products are network music players where new electronics have been retrofitted into 20th century design items. The player connects to your home network via network cable or wireless Wi-Fi and is also connected to your existing speakers. It plays or rather streams digital audio files from the Internet or locally stored music on USB flash memory sticks, from folders on your PC, Mac, tablet or music stored on your smart phone, or any network-attached storage (NAS). You can also listen to live web radio stations. The music player is, depending on the digital source format, capable of delivering Hi-Fi stereo sound of audiophile quality.
What are you able to do?
You can stream digitally stored music files of almost any format; the most common formats are:MP3, the most usual music file format for digital audio.
WAV, Waveform Audio File Format - the Microsoft and IBM music file format standard originally for storing audio bit streams on PCs, but now used on many devices.
FLAC, Free Lossless Audio Codec is an open source music file format for lossless data compression, which gives uncompromising sound quality .
ALAC, Apple Lossless Audio Codec is a music coding format developed by Apple Inc. for lossless data compression, which also gives uncompromising sound quality.
MPC or Musepack, is an open source music file format similar to MP3.
AAC, Advanced Audio Coding is a new music file format that is designed to eventually be the successor of the MP3 format.
DSD, Sony and Philips' Direct Stream Digital format. This is a high-resolution format that produces the signal by sampling it in a different way than the formats above.
With your Spotify premium account you can through Spotify Connect use the ordinary Spotify app to stream music.
Airplay can be used for streaming from iPhones and iPads (or any device supporting Airplay) to the player.
You can also listen to any radio stations that provides a live stream URL or files on M3U or PLS formats. To be able to listen to radio or Spotify your home network needs to have Internet access.
The player is managed through a web browser on your PC or Mac, on your tablet or iPad or on your iPhone or Android smart phone. There are also specific third party apps available for download.
You can easily stream your music, favourite podcasts or listen to live web radio broadcasts:
- Stream from your digital music sources: Spotify, your own locally stored digital music, live web radio . . .
- . . . or stream directly your music apps on your devices
- Share the network music player with others - it is great to enjoy music together
- Everyone that have a device connected to the same home network (Wi-Fi or cable) may manage the player at anytime
- Use the Spotify app, web page interface or other audio apps that are available
- Browse your music collections by album, artist, genre or track
- Create play lists, save your favourites, enjoy album art
What do you need?
- One of the following devices: computer with Windows (PC), iOS (Mac) or Linux
- . . . or tablet or iPad, iPhone or Android smart phones for managing the player - remote controls
- One of these web browsers: Google Chrome, Internet Edge/Explorer, Safari or Firefox
- Wi-Fi network with Internet access or a network cable to connect to the router of your network
- Audio apps that access music, podcasts or web radio from Internet . . .
- Music stored on digital formats on USB flash memory, on your smart phone, tablet, PC, Mac,
- . . . or even network-attached storage that supports NFS or CIFS file systems (NAS)
- A pair of speakers, 4 - 8 Ω, minimum 35 W.
Additional option that can be added:
- If you have a Spotify premium account use the Spotify app or access Spotify through the user interface of the player
- Various third party apps for iOS (iPhone/iPad) and Android (smart phone/tablet) can be downloaded
What do you get with your purchase?
Besides the network music player, you will find the following accessories in the box:
- AC power cable
- AC/DC adapter, 120 V or 240 V AC to 19 V DC/2.34 A
- USB flash memory drive/stick containing the guides mentioned below
- USB extension cable
The micro SD card with the software in the SD memory card adapter is already plugged into the SD card reader.
- One USB 2.0 port
- SD card reader (for the software)
- One RJ-45 port for Ethernet LAN patch cable
- Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz
- Spotify connect enabled
- Airplay is supported
- Also possible to use UPNP\DLNA for streaming (for example Windows Media Player, TV's or home movie systems)
- The network music player can be used as a stand alone hotspot Wi-Fi connection(turned off when connected to a Wi-Fi network)
Four speaker terminal posts for left and right channels.
DC input 19 V 2.34 A.
Single card computer Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, Broadcom BCM2837B0 Cortex-A53 64-bit SoC @ 1.4GHz CPU, 1 GB LPDDR2-900 SDRAM, Gigabit Ethernet over USB 2.0 (maximum throughput 300Mbps) , 2.4GHz and 5GHz IEEE 802.11n Wireless LAN.
Micro SD card of at least 8 GB, class 6 or higher.
Class D amplifier IQaudio Pi-DigiAMP+, power output is 2 x 35 W into 4 Ω. Impedance range 4 - 8 Ω. Remember that speaker sensitivity is just as important as impedance, should be at least 80 dB, preferably 85 dB or higher (the higher the better). It uses Texas Instruments chipset TAS5756m. The amplifier delivers full-HD audio up to 24-bit/192kHz playback, dependig on the file format.
Specialized playback software running on Debian Jessie operating system (Linux) and configured for Raspberry Pi 3 and IQaudIO Pi-DigiAMP+. It includes well-known software components as Alsamixer and Music Player Daemon. Included software is free and licensed under the GNU General Public License version 3. The license document can be found here and the source code of the player software can be be requested by using the contact form here .
The software package is a modified redistribution of the Raspberry Pi Audio Linux distribution developed by the Volumio 2 project (the release history of the redistributed software can be found here). It is an open source software and licensed under Gnu General Public License version 3. Volumio is a registered trademark of INTUITU di Michelangelo Guarise.
Furthermore, the Spotify streaming service is accessed through the free open source Spotify client library Librespot using the Spotify Connect functionality of the Spotify platform.
Besides the Spotify app there are some third party apps for smart phones and tablets that work with the player software, here are some examples:
- An iOS app can be downloaded here
- An Android app can be downloaded here.
- Other Android apps can be found here and here.
Note that apps are optional and not included in the product. The referenced apps above are not affiliated with Retro Audiophile Designs. They are only listed as a service to anyone that visit this page.
A comprehensive manual on PDF format with the following chapters:
- What you need to know
- How it all works
- Player unit explained
- Getting started
- How to use the player
- Different set ups
- Connect to Wi-Fi
- More on music sources
- Tips and tricks
- Trouble shooting
- System specifications
In addition, there is a quick one page installation guide in PDF format.
Other important matters:
The support page can be found here.
Terms and conditions
Terms and conditions can be found here.
The trademark Spotify or Volumio mentioned above are not in any way affiliated with Retro Audiophile Designs. Spotify is a registred trademark by Spotify AB, Stockholm, Sweden.