Introducing the Wertheim Audio Piccolo

Today, we are happy to introduce you to a new project from user gapmedia. He uses the to Max2Play OS for his beautiful Piccolo music servers. In the following, he explains his product and how it came to fruition:

Having been interested in Do-It-Yourself audio for some 35+ years now, I decided it was time to introduce some of the great audio components I have come across in the DIY world, to those who aren’t so DIY inclined.

With a love for cutting wood, I thought speakers would be a good place to start, and being well familiar with Mark Audio wide-range drivers, and their quality, I decided on the Alpair 6P for the Wertheim Audio Classic and Retro range.

Soon after completing the first few sets of speakers I realised some form of matching amplifier would be needed to help make a marketable product. Being a fan of the Squeezebox Server, I was thrilled to see that a Raspberry Pi could be used to run the open source Squeezebox Server software. Delving into the Raspberry Pi / Squeezebox combination I pretty soon realised that my non-existent computer programing skills were going to hamper the projects progression. Searching the internet for information on the combination I was delighted to come across Max2Play. Suddenly, my problems were gone.

Deciding on the Raspberry Pi Cirrus Logic/Wolfson combination became an easy choice after discovering Max2Play. Thanks to Heiner and the gang, I now have a little wooden box that contains a wireless music server with built in DAC, analogue and digital outputs, a D-Class amplifier able to power a pair of small speakers to reasonable sound levels, and all happily running under the well proven Squeezebox Server software. Thanks Max2play.


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