I recently set up my hifiberry and DAC+ running Volumio and am not pleased with the sound. I have a library of ALAC (Apple Lossless) files, and when perfoming an A/B test of the same song on CD and through the hifiberry, the sound just doesn’t compare. The CD sounds rich, loud and full, while the pi sounds weak and thin. I switched the interconnects between the 2 components, and heard the same results.
Volumio shows the track playing at 16/44.
I have just a couple audio tracks on a USB stick. Does this hardware make a difference? Would a better HDD impact the sound? Is there possibly an issue with Volumio playing ALAC files?