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  • 23. Oktober 2015 at 12:43 #16531

    Currently Max2Play supports all Raspberry Pis (A/B/B+/2) and the Odroid boards U3, XU4, C1, C1+. You may read more about this boards and its up- and downsides on power, supported hardware (e.g. audio cards like DACs, add-on shields), availability, pricing on the manufacturers websites. The Raspberry Pi 2 has excellent support, a big community and stable software. The ODROIDs offer little more speed compared to the Raspberry.

    This topic is intended to give you a quick guide on which hardware to pick for special applications that most people are currently using with Max2Play. There is at least one version of a complete SD-Card Max2Play-image for each board available for download. On Systems like Raspberry Pi, we offer different setups that are preconfigured to suit special needs like the HiFiBerry version, that lets you easily setup your HiFiBerry-DAC and your desired Audioplayer configuration. Although these versions are slightly different, their base (Max2Play Framework) is always the same and you may start with the basic Max2Play version and install and configure the plugins you need with the web interface.
    Our Addon-Page shows the available Max2Play Addons for each platform. You should start here, if you want to know what is possible!

    Audio player (for Squeezebox-Environment with optional Airplay or as streaming client using MPD)

    • important: supported audio cards and available add-on cards for perfect audio quality, good value for money, small
    • optional: Touch display, Squeezebox Server, Videos with Kodi

    We recommend the Raspberry Pi 2 with an additional DAC+ or AMP+. If you want to connect passive speakers directly to the player go for the Amp+. This offers enough power for small rooms and you don’t need any further hardware. With a DAC+ you may get the best audio quality when connecting to an AV-Receiver or your own Amplifier. Although the SD-Card of the Raspberry Pi is not very fast in terms of writing speed, you may easily host a Squeezebox Server on it, that connects to a network storage that hosts your music.

    As an upgrade for the Squeezebox-Server you may use a ODROID C1+ or a ODROID XU4, as these can use EMMC-Cards that are faster than SD-Cards.

    To be continued…

    28. Oktober 2015 at 0:30 #16589

    How much does the writing speed on SD cards affect the Squeezebox server’s performance? If it runs only the squeeze system and no Kodi or further dlna based streaming involved, and aside of database rebuilding/full scans,is there so much data to be written in regular streaming? Or is the read speed too slow for the database… just being curious 🙂

    30. Oktober 2015 at 17:17 #16647

    Depending on the size of your library for the SBS, it can affect the Server’s speed. The indexation and search of the music files goes through the SD card’s memory, so those process are affected. However, if you have a smaller library this should not change the server’s performance.

    2. November 2015 at 17:20 #16681

    Thanks for the explanation, Heiner!

    14. November 2015 at 15:27 #16913

    I’m trying to use the MPD, controlled from a mobile using MPdroid. When I add a folder, or a complete album to the Queue, the tracks are added randomly, and I can’t reorder or sort them. I got the same problem using the ympd webinterface.
    Is there any solution or workaround, to be added in their original order. Maybe I shoud create playlists for each album?

    Thanks in advance!

    14. November 2015 at 19:15 #16915

    Hallo Heiner,

    Ich habe mir für mein Max2Play, HifiBerry DAC+ Pro, Raspberry Pi 2 den WLU6331 WLAN Stick gekauft.

    Kann es sein, dass jener keinen AccessPoint aufbauen kann ?

    Ich finde das Projekt Max2Play sehr toll und freu über die Leichtigkeit der Bedienung.

    Grüße aus Hessen

    17. November 2015 at 17:28 #16932

    Hi Vagabund,
    Unfortunately, we do not have any experience with this certain model of WiFi-Stick. What could be an issue with this, is if you are using a USB-dongle that splits the power supply since the Pi’s USB outlets already have a minimal power output. Here, we would suggest activating the „max-USB Current“ option to ensure that the stick receives enough power. If that still does not help, please detail your steps during the installation process.

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