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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 Bluetooth and it connects also to your home network via network cable or Wi-Fi and is also connected to your Hi-Fi speakers. You stream audio from your devices using your apps. The devices you can use are smart phones, tablets and Windows, Mac and Linux computers. Besides your apps, you can attached a USB flash memory stick and do playback of stored music files on there.
What are you able to do?
You can stream any audio app on your devices using Bluetooth or Airplay or UPnP.
With your Spotify premium account you can with the Spotify Connect feature use the ordinary Spotify app to stream music directly to the player without first passing through your phone.
Music files on the attached USB can be of the formats: MP3, FLAC, WAV, M4a, AAC, ALAC, DSD, MPC and some other less common digital audio formats are supported (as mentioned below the Player uses MPD – the Linux Music Player Daemon and hence supports all of MPD’s default applicable formats).
Airplay can be used for streaming from iPhones and iPads (or any device supporting Airplay) to the player.
The USB playback and settings of the player are managed through a web browser on your devices. Enter http://player.local - if you have an Android device you must use the actual IP address.
You can easily stream your music, favourite podcasts or listen to live web radio stations:
- Stream from your favourite apps: media players, music streaming services, play downloaded music, listen to podcasts or live web radio . . .
- Share the network music player with others - it is great to enjoy music together
- Share the player by connecting via Bluetooth - easy streaming
- Everyone that have a device connected to the same home network (Wi-Fi or cable) as the Network Music Player may manage the Player and do USB playback at anytime.
What do you need?
- One of the following devices: iPhone, iPad or Android phones or tablets
- . . . or computers with Windows (PC), iOS (Mac) or Linux
- Web browser like: Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari, Samsung Internet Browser or Mozilla Firefox
- Turn on Bluetooth on your devices
- Wi-Fi network with Internet access or a network cable to connect to the router of your network
- Audio apps for music, podcasts or radio . . .
- Music stored on digital formats on USB flash memory sticks
- A pair of speakers, 4 - 8 Ω, minimum 50 W
Additional option that can be added:
- If you have a Spotify premium account you can use the Spotify Connect for a better integration of the Player and Spotify.
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 Gigabit Ethernet LAN port (IPv4)
- Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz (IPv4)
- Bluetooth 5.0
- Spotify Connect enabled
- Airplay is supported
- Also possible to use UPnP for streaming
- The network music player can be used as a stand alone Wi-Fi hotspot (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 4 Model B, Broadcom 2711 Quad-core Cortex-A72 64-bit SoC @ 1.5GHz CPU, and 1 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM RAM.
Micro SD card of at least 16 GB, class 10 or higher.
Class D amplifier IQaudio Pi-DigiAMP+, power output is 2 x 35 W (RMS) into 8 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, depending on the file format.
The Player’s software consists of specialized software running on a Linux operating system which is configured for the Raspberry Pi single computer board and the amplifier IQaudIO Pi-DigiAMP+. It includes well-known free open source software components as the Music Player Daemon for playback. Librespot for the Spotify Connect functionality, Shairport-Sync for Airplay streaming, and Upmpdcli for UPnP streaming.
Other important software system components are:
A comprehensive manual on PDF format with the following topics:
- What you need to know
- Getting started
- Connect to Wi-Fi
- Using Bluetooth
- Streaming apps
- Player unit explained
- Player and USB playback explained
- Different set ups
- Tips and tricks
- Trouble shooting
- System specifications
In addition, there is a quick one page installation guide on PDF format as well.
Other important matters:
The support page can be found here.
The latest software version can be downloaded here. Or order a new SD card.
Terms and conditions
Terms and conditions can be found here.
Spotify mentioned above are not in any way affiliated with Retro Audiophile Designs. Spotify is a registered trademark by Spotify AB, Stockholm, Sweden.