An extreme newbie here. I see that the bulk of the conversations here revolve around the Raspberry Pi. I am intrigued by it and by DIY in general. But with two small kids in the house (and with the home stereo in a location that is unfortunately very accessible to them–such are space limitations), I am really looking in the short term for an inexpensive solution that is well enclosed and durable.
I’ve been thinking of trying to start out with:
Cubox-i + Behringer UCA222
(I can use the software for another project) as a very basic inexpensive foray into music streaming so I can demonstrate to my wife how useful it would be to not have to search for CDs, etc., every time we want to play music. [I’ve already made good headway into digitizing a good part of our music library using dBPoweramp.]
Though I have also been intrigued with the Raspberry Pi + Wolfson Audio card option (since I can get a case for it) as that would be an even cheaper entree to Volumio. But I will say that I am leaning more toward the Cubox-i option at the moment with the hope of upgrading the DAC to something like the Schiit Bifrost if budget permits down the road…
The amp I’d be patching everything into is a Musical Fidelity X-T100 driving a nice pair of Wharfdales. The music library is currently stored on a Western Digital MyBook Live single drive NAS (with backups on USB 3.0 standalone drives). The Cubox-i would need to reach the NAS via 802.11n WiFi, but I could also park it in a static fashion on USB drives connected directly to the Cubox-i if performance suffers too much.
Then the goal would be to keep upgrading components as time and budget permit.
Any recommendations on how best to get started as cheaply as possible would be greatly appreciated. Any experiences other can share will be avidly pored over and digested.
And kudos to Michelangelo and the Volumio team for all their hard work on this project!