Hello from a Rocky Mountain:
I am a long time computer audio geek who has been thoroughly immersed in the Apple ecosphere for years. I’ve tweaked my mac mini in main system, used 3rd party software players and tried and implemented all sorts of tweaks to get the best possible sound. I will continue to do so BUT have a great need for a simple great sounding system for my bedroom.
My first thought was to use a simple distro of Linux (Elementary) and a light player (Audacious). Even with my history of dipping my toe in Linux with dual boot Win laptops, it was an utter fail. Biggest problem was an audiogeek with limited Linux knowledge trying to get the application or OS to even see my Airport Extreme connected USB drive with all my music on it. After learned what local folder mounting was and sudo I could see it but never could get the USB dac to produce music even though it uses standard OS USB drivers.
So before I run out to buy an old Apple laptop, I thought I would invest even more time in an alternative. Which brings me to Volumio. While I do not expect it to sound as good as my main mini based system, if it can get me quality above an Apple laptop and bring music to my dac without learning how to code, I am in.
Are my expectations realistic? Can a Volumio based system be figured out by an audio geek and not a Liinux geek? Anyone have any next steps?
In the meantime I will poke around and see if I can learn!