I have been trying volumio but I’m really disappointed at how many issues I’ve had.
It wasn’t my first choice but since it’s one of the few that support the boss dac and the gui looked nice I thought I’d give it a go.
This is a sort of general feedback first impressions post as well as a request for help if anyone has a solution to any of the issues
my system is: rPi 3 with a allo boss dac latest version of everything AFAICT
When playing an album or playlist the forward and back buttons don’t work they just stop playback.
When not playing there is a medium loud hum from the boss dac output that goes away when a song starts
I have an external USB stick, 128Gb, exFAT format - volumio indexed up to the Cs then couldn’t see anything after that… I guess some unexpected wrong metadata or tags broke it, but really it shouldn’t break no matter what rubbish is in the tags it should find all music files on a drive.
The only way I’ve been able to reliably connect is through the local volumio hotspot. When I connect over the LAN volumio keeps losing the connection completely and/or becoming unresponsive briefly. I’m sorry this is a bit vague. I’ve tried both with wifi and with ethernet and just can’t get a reliable connection for long on the lan. I think it also may be messing with my router in some way, when volumio is trying to connect through the router other devices on the lan have been sometimes losing internet, and sometimes even bypassing the openvpn client that runs all the time on the router. I realise this probably isn’t enough info to diagnose the problem, but I’m not even sure what to try, or how I would know if I’m even getting a specific result, since everything happens so slowly and inconsistently when trying to connect on the lan.
Basically I think the GUI is quite nice (aside from bits that don’t work like fwd and back buttons). But pleeeease can there be an option to run a browser locally and display on the pi HDMI and control volumio locally. Controlling on the network is a lot of complication I really don’t need it also requires an extra device which may or may not be available. Also it would provide a way of testing the device and basic functions without worrying about whether the lan is causing problems.
Is there any way to use a remote control? I have a OSMC remote i’d like to use to control volumio and it would avoid LAN connectivity problems by being connected directly to the Pi.
It is not clear when and why volumio uses the internet. I would like a function to disallow internet access completely and just use the lan for control. (or better still control without the lan as requested above)
I hope this feedback is helpful and if anyone can help with any of the above issues I’d love to give volumio another chance.
If it is helpful I can split this into a separate help post for each issue, but I wanted to also give overall new user impression for feedback in one place…