[JN] raspberry pi + mo0de/volumio + foobar2000

BBands bbands at gmail.com
Wed Apr 17 10:41:59 CDT 2019

I tried out Mo0de 5.0 last night and really like it. It still doesn't do a
good job with large collections, so I am streaming to it from foobar2000; a
combo I really like.

KT88SE < Gemini mixer < Allo Boss DAC hat with linear ps < RPi 3b+ with 3
amp SMPS < 802.11n wifi < win10 laptop < foobar2000 1.4.3 < UPnP
MediaRenderer Output 1.2.1 < wifi < QNAP NAS.

All in all, pretty darn spiffy.


On Wed, Apr 17, 2019 at 7:42 AM Larry Moore via Sound <sound at soundlist.org>

> Yea, I think Tim Curtis and team did a pretty nice job with moving forward
> with 5.0, in particular with the responsiveness of the UI, and navigation.
> I hear ya, on the config settings, but once you’re doing an in-place
> update - that is moot or taken care of.  You only have to do it with the
> big jumps in software revision and, frankly, what you’re suggesting would
> take more resources that what is at hand from my understanding.  Better to
> put the effort elsewhere…
> Yea, I know for a fact that Tim worked on maintaining/refreshing the web
> interface.  To a person whom I know uses MoOde, it is much better.
> As to mods for the Katana, there are a couple things all say in summary,
> then you can tell where you might want to go and I’ll provide the details.
> Generally, the Katana responds well to:
> 1.) different and select power supplies, and
> 2.) where those power supplies feed in.
> I have disabled the on-board SMPS for the output stage (Sparko Labs
> portion) and currently use 4 separate power supplies, in somewhat order of
> magnitude of improvement:
>    - A Twisted Pear Placid Bipolar supply (current sourced/shunt rugged)
>    for the Sparko Labs board,
>    - A LT3042 based supply for the ESS DAC chip,
>    - A K&K linear supply based on the LT1083 for the Pi and dirty side of
>    the isolator, and
>    - A second LT3042 based supply for the ESS DAC chip for the micro
>    controller and clean side of the isolator.
> As stated, the feed in points are critical to improvement, but many of
> them require some “advanced” soldering or surface mount soldering
> techniques.
> So, with that, I’ll leave you to ask further, based on what you might be
> interested in and what you believe your capabilities are.  There’s also
> cost I suppose.  I probably have $300 or so in supplies, give or take.
> On Apr 16, 2019, at 9:25 PM, Steven S. via Sound <sound at soundlist.org>
> wrote:
> snagged 5.0..
> color me impressed with the speed boost.
> before the UI was laggy, and at times less than responsive.
> I suspected my sdcard at fault but it seems it was the version.
> I wish they had a config export option so i didn't have to setup
> everything all over.. but didn't take me long.
> looks like spotify connect is much improved in v5 also.
> before sound quality was a bit iffy, connectivity was iffy.
> so far it's much less fiddly with spotify finding the moode audio player
> over the wifi. before it was endless reboots, closing the client.
> what sort of tweaks to the katana are suggested?
> On Tue, 16 Apr 2019, Larry Moore via Sound wrote:
> First off, MoOde Audio 5.0 is no longer in “beta" or “release" form - The
> “official” version
> (5.0) came out a few days ago.  If you have a release version of 5
> installed, you can do an in
> place update.  Otherwise, you have to reflash the image file.  Said
> another way, there is no in
> place update from MoOde 4.4 to 5.0.
> Yea, kinda funny how stupid good this thing is - something I’m sure no
> audio manufacturer of
> DACs or CD players (do those still exist, ha) wants any audiophile to
> know.  They’d either be
> out of business or left with having to support old geezers with limit
> computer savvy using
> these things - ask me how I know…  I support a number of such folks.  And,
> I like each any
> every one of them, considering them friends - that’s why I do it.
> There are two ways to stream:
> 1.) from your mobile device through your network to the Pi, and then out
> to your audio system,
> or
> 2.) directly from your network into your Pi and then into your system, the
> mobile device acting
> as a “controller” unit.
> In many, many systems, these two methods sound different, the later being
> better.
> There’s a TON of mods you can do to the Katana, all of which take it to an
> entirely new level -
> trust me.  Be happy to share if and when you want to get there,
> HTH,
>      On Apr 16, 2019, at 11:29 AM, Steven S via Sound <sound at soundlist.org>
> wrote:
> I decided to take the jump and got Allo's new katana dac, with the
> isolation board.
> I've yet to connect it to my ripped cd's but streaming (with moode) the
> soma fm stations
> i'm blown away. Streaming spotify i'm less impressed. I'm assuming
> something with the
> quality of spotify's streaming client? I've noticed some UI lag with moode
> that volumio
> didn't have so maybe i just need to jump to 5.0 beta?
> i'm currently running it thru my old school, crufty botthead s.e.x amps
> driving some 4"
> full range diy book shelf's in my home office.
> On 4/14/19 7:14 PM, BBands via Sound wrote:
>      Hey Joes where you going with that streamer in your hand?
> I know that some of you are experimenting with these cute little
> streamers. I am
> running a Raspberry Pi 3 b+ with an Allo Boss dac hat with a switching ps
> for the
> pi and a linear ps for the dac. Like Larry I slightly prefer Mo0de to
> Volumio, but
> frankly they both suck when it comes to handling/managing large
> collections. I was
> about to give up on them and move to a native mpd cleint lie cantata, when
> it
> struck me that I could use foobar2000 as a upnp renderer. I have used
> foobar for a
> long time, it sounds good, excels at handling large collections and is
> highly
> customizable. To get foobar to talk to mo0de/volmio all I had to do was
> load the
> upnp plugin and point it. Boom! Away I went. I have been listening to
> foobar >
> volumio > boss > kt88 se amp all afternoon and the combo is frankly
> terrific . Next
> weekend I will try with mo0de instead of volumio.
> Feeling very much better about all this now,
>       John
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