I’m very new here and I’m also quite new into HiFi-things, so please be patient …
In about one month I’m moving to a new apartment and I want to purchase a good HiFi system. I’m mostly playing digital audio files from my MacBook Pro (I want to be able to play them via AirPlay), but I also think of purchasing a record player one day.
A lot of research pointed me to old and new amplifiers and D/A-Cs which I don’t want, because they lack some features. … And then I read about volumio.
So, if I understand some things correctly, volumio features AirPlay (I could stream music from my MacBook Pro to it), complete Spotify (premium) integration, I could play music from a file server in my network, it can be controlled via apps or a web-interface and I can use volumio with the new Raspberry Pi 2.
One question at this point alread: volumio also features mpd. So, would it also be possible, that I run a mpd-client like ncmpcpp on my MacBook Pro and connect that to volumios mpd-server to control it?
Furthermore, is it the case that a Raspberry Pi 2 with volumio on it would replace an Apple Airport Express?
I think even the new Raspberry Pi (2) won’t have great onboard audio output, so I need some extra equipment …
1.) Can the Raspberry Pi 2 + Volumio output sound through USB so I could connect an amplifier like the Pioneer A-70?
2.) Or would I want to purchase something like this HiFi Berry DAC for the Raspberry Pi 2 and then I would connect an analog amplifier? Which one is the “best” Raspberry Pi 2 DAC?
If 1.) would work, then I wouldn’t need an extra DAC. If 2.) would work, then I probably would spend less money for an amplifier.
Very much thanks for your advice and help!