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Old 16th February 2013, 04:43 PM   #1
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Default What's in the realm of possible?


I tried searching around and couldn't come up with much so I thought I'd ask. What's possible for a cheap network audio player? I'm envisioning something like a Raspberry Pi but with a digital audio out (no HDMI/TV type input wanted) that connects to my DAC and controlled by a tablet.

I've considered something like XMBC, but I can't see how I can avoid spending less than about $200 for a computer to run it. Since I'm really wanting something that can accurately move the bits from the ethernet cable to my DAC and can be controlled externally, I wouldn't expect this to be too much, right? (Is my understanding of what I want even correct?)

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Old 17th February 2013, 09:16 PM   #2
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You can find a junk PC for dirt cheap. Format it, strip it down to bare components, and use it as a wireless server. However, I know of nothing that will do audio processing before sending it to your device.
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Old 18th February 2013, 12:32 AM   #3
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Try an Android stick.

Simple, low cost, HiFi network music streaming device
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Old 18th February 2013, 02:36 AM   #4
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Its quite possible to pick a relatively simple MCU and write the software yourself but it'll be very time consuming. An LPC1768 ought to cut it, there are cheap dev boards for such.
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Old 18th February 2013, 10:13 AM   #5
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See this thread. It seems there are snags with the R-Pi at present, althoigh there is some hope that better software drivers may improve things.
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