Got my Tinker Board a few days ago. Installed Volumio and got it up and running. No sweat! My setup is: NAS+ Tinker Board Built-in WiFi + USB output + USB input from OPPO-BDP105. However, very noticeably, there are drop-out problems. The drop-out duration can be from a fraction of a second to a few seconds. Also, it could be fine and without any drop-outs for a long while.
After some tinkering (no pun intended), I found:
- USB flash SSD stick : OK
- Wired ethernet + NAS : OK
- Built-in WiFi + NAS : intermittent dropouts -> Not OK
I remember, while I played with RPi3b + WiFi + NAS, I had the “click” problem but never the “hole” or “dropout” problem. In Tinker Board WiFi, the music could stop for a fraction of a second up to a few seconds! But I have NOT heard any “clicks” or “pops” in Tinkerboard. This has been very exciting to me. I think if Volumio team fixes the drop-out problem, we could reach some “nirvana” in search of a reasonable music server.
I wonder if there is anything intrinsically different in the Tinker Board version of Volumio in terms of WiFi and buffering comparing to the latest RPi version?
So far, there are a couple of things i found that’s not the same as the latest RPi version:
- I do noticed in latest version for Tinkerboard I was NOT able to turn on SSH by going to Volumio.local/DEV/.
- I tried to plug in a TP-Link external USB dongle but it was not recognized. This dongle was recognized in RPi version.
P.S. BTW, the quality of the audio jack output is quite good! But I also found if I unplug the power while the jack is connected to the preamp, it causes humming noise in the speakers.