Hi @feeling_zen yes indeed this is my fall back, I have used RPi’s in the past and didn’t enjoy the experience, and I am contemplating a small PC on which to run Qobuz/ other streaming services natively.
I like the idea of a purpose built streamer because they are a bit more idiot proof and require less maintenance, keeping Os up to date etc. I also want to be able to use real mechanical switches external to the computer to control the software, play, next track, last track, stop etc, some streamers like the node 2i offer this, but not the output for a screen sadley. I would like to run some real ‘dancing UV’ meters too and this requires the computer to offer analogue out at teh same time as the digital to serve my DAC.
Any thoughts, can i do this with a small PC, a ‘thin client’ model perhaps?
You can break this down into two devices. An ifi Zen Stream which can be controlled without an app just using a browser. If your TV supports a basic browser you can use that, or any cheap and nasty laptop. You will need a DAC though.
Thank you @feeling_zen I am building my streamer into a 1970’s cassette deck, front loader with UV meters and piano key play/ff/REW/etc, I plan to remove the cassette playing bit and insert a 7” screen, I have considered using a mobile phone as the screen, but getting to the main phone controls and managing updates could be difficult. I also plan to use the cassette piano keys to control the unit and get the UV meters ‘dancing’. It’s just a bit of retro fun, but I would like to make as much use of the front controls as possible. The record level knobs will take some adaption too, still not sure about what to do with them, perhaps an x/y screen cursor control?
My first cassette deck around 1976 was a Toshiba PC-4360, not the last word in HiFi but I had a lot of fun with it. Decent VU meters, and an unusual design where the cassette sat in front of the fascia rather than in a recess. I reckon you could quite easily adapt it to get a phone sitting where the cassette should be.
Hi Chris i think you are right, I was hoping to use a simple monitor so that it comes on with the streamer. I am looking at small PCs at 5he moment so that I can run Qobuz natively. But there are a few challenges that I need to consider, firstly being able to drive an analogue output (to drive the UV meters) at the same time as the digital output to my external DAC
Hi crystal gipsy, my plan is to do this on the cheap, just a project to keep my mind going! I have already bought a (not working) cassette deck as a donor ,then I I spotted another with bigger UV metres so now I have two cassette decks both from the 70’s neither of which work and I have to choose which to use! As a result of my budget constraints Roon is a bit too pricey for this project.
Hi @feeling_zen yes you’ve got it, NDX2 like features but I want to make one in a retro box (a 70’s cassette deck) with real UV meters just for fun. Thanks for the suggestion of the Pioneer, this is the type of thing I am looking for providing that I can find one for sensible money, other wise it’s going to be an RPI or a PC and a lot of head scratching. Thanks for the suggestion, Cheers.
Edit: just checked it’s a shame but it seems to be analogue output only (I might be able to find a SPDIF signal on the PCB) and I don’t think that it can manage Qobuz by itself either, otherwise it looks ok for a donor, especially when Richer Sounds were selling them off for £79 at one time.